There’s an increasing number of plant-based fast food options out there, and some of them are actually damn delicious. One of those is Moo Free Burgers in Brisbane, courtesy of the brothers from Charlie’s Raw Squeeze. And they’re getting more interesting by the second. Beyond the usual bean-based patties, facon and vegan cheeses, there are also pulled jackfruit burgers (ditching the pork), and of course, plant-based beef. But how can we bring some plant-based love into our own kitchens while keeping our tastebuds happy? We asked the creators of some of the most killer vegan burgers (without the killing) in Brisbane to spill their plant-based secrets.

What are some of the most unexpectedly delicious plant-based substitutions you’ve discovered?

Many Lebanese dishes are naturally vegan, but there are so many different things we’ve come across, whether it be “accidentally vegan” items that you’d assume have dairy or something else in them, or other purposely made vegan items, becoming vegan is a culinary adventure, if you want it to be. You can veganise anything, and it’s fun trying.

What are some of the most common misconceptions about eating vegan?

That it’s difficult or boring. There is no need for it to be difficult (fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds are all vegan!)

Also, it’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle. Eating plant based is part of it, but being vegan means we are conscious of other steps in our lives other than just using animals for food.

Who are some other chefs or food legends that you get inspiration from?

Our Mum, as she’s been the driving force behind many of the food creations that follow through to stores and the falafel burger at MooFree Burgers is named after her – “Mama Kay’s”

What have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve come across and how have you overcome them? Or if you haven’t overcome them yet, that’s cool too – we want to be real here!

Lack of education with the general public with what is/isn’t vegan, what it actually means to be vegan and the stereotyping. Getting handed “Gluten free” menus instead of being advised of Vegan options, and the misconception of the “tree hugging hippy”. We just want to make it easier for everyone to have tasty, healthy, environmentally sustainable options that don’t harm any animals.

Image credit: Moo Free Burgers

Zo Zhou

Zo Zhou

Zo is the National Communications Manager and will basically never shut up about vegetables.