Sunspot’s Black Bean Burger Wins PETA ‘Top 10’ Spot

For National Hamburger Week, Local Eatery Is Honored for Tasty Patty Made From Beans, Beets, and More

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2019

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Knoxville, Tenn. – PETA has selected the 2019 winners of the Top 10 Golden Burger Awards from restaurants across the country—and Sunspot has nabbed a place on the list for its Black Bean Burger.

The award-winning burger is made in-house from whole foods, including beans, beets, quinoa, and portobello mushrooms, and loaded with toppings like guacamole, cucumber, tomato, and a creamy vegan chipotle mayonnaise sauce.

“With its cool, creamy vegan chipotle mayo and fresh toppings, this tasty burger hits the spot,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the satisfying burgers on PETA’s national Top 10 list are proving that compassion can be a delicious business.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is the human-supremacist view that other species are nothing more than commodities. The group notes that sensitive, gentle cows destined to become hamburger patties are transported to slaughterhouses in all weather extremes. Then, they’re strung up by one leg and their throat is slit, sometimes while they’re still conscious. Eating meat and other animal-derived foods has been conclusively linked to a higher risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

Sunspot will receive a framed certificate. Other winners include the Bac’n Cheezeburger at Arlo’s Curbside Kitchen in Austin, Texas; the Hippie Stuffed burger from Stella’s Lounge in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Whiskey BBQ Mushroom Burger at Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and the Big WAC at Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.

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