• Top 100: Menu Innovations - Veggie burgers

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No. 5 Veggie burgers

For years, veggie burgers have gotten a bad rap due, in part, to the fact that restaurants often responded to vegetarian diners by microwaving a frozen patty made of soybean products. Fortunately, veggie burgers have come a long way with the help of the better burger movement. Many restaurants are applying the same new standards of freshness and quality to veggie burgers. Since 2008, the veggie burger's menu presence has grown 17 percent, according to Kathy Hayden, a foodservice analyst for Mintel Menu Insights. That should be making a lot of people happy. According to a study commissioned by the Vegetarian Times, more than 7 million Americans follow a vegetarian-based diet.

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