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Posted on February 03, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


It appears Wendy’s is expanding their Black Bean Burger test beyond our original report earlier last year:

If you live in the areas mentioned, please let us know how they taste.

Wendy’s announced:
We’re testing our Black Bean Burger in three markets: Columbus, Ohio; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Columbia, South Carolina. We have chosen our test markets to be representative of the larger United States, and we look forward to hearing customers’ reactions to the Black Bean Burger.

Q: What are the ingredients in the patty?
A: Some of the main ingredients are: black beans, wild rice, farro, onions, brown rice, carrots, quinoa, corn, green bell peppers and red bell peppers. Sauce and seasonings include ingredients such as red wine vinegar, chili peppers, cumin, sea salt, oregano and cilantro.

Q: How do you cook the black bean patty?
A: We cook the black bean patty in a separate oven so it does not contact the grill where we prepare meat. However, the restaurant as a whole is not vegan or vegetarian so cross contact with other menu items is possible.

Q: Is the Black Bean Burger vegetarian?
A: Yes, the Black Bean Burger is vegetarian.

Q: Is the sandwich vegan if you order it without the sauce or cheese? Or, could I order this sandwich vegan?
A: The ingredients in both the bun and the black bean patty are considered vegan. The cheese and the Parmesan ranch sauce are not vegan. At Wendy’s, we make every sandwich to order, so just ask for your sandwich to be prepared without cheese or ranch sauce. Also, we cook the black bean patty in a separate oven so it does not contact the grill where we prepare meat. The restaurant as a whole is not vegan or vegetarian so cross contact with other menu items is possible.

Q: What kind of bun does the Black Bean Burger come with?
A: The Black Bean Burger is served on a toasted multigrain bun featuring nine different grains and seeds including white sesame seeds, red quinoa and rolled oats.

Q: When will the Black Bean Burger be available in my area?
A: We are in the very early stages of testing at this time. We do not have a timeline on when the Black Bean Burger will be available outside our current test markets, but we are closely tracking consumer inquiries.


Buns are toasted in a common toaster with products that contain Egg, Soy, and Milk.

Nutrition information is based on standard product formulations. Variations may occur due to differences in suppliers, ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions, product assembly at the restaurant level, and/or season of the year. Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC and its franchisees, and Wendy’s International, LLC and its employees, do not assume responsibility for a particular allergy or sensitivity to any food provided in our restaurants. Federal regulations have identified 8 major food allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish. For your convenience, menu items and ingredients that contain these major allergens have been indicated. Assembled in food preparation area where meat and dairy products are present.

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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  1. Michelle says:

    I would like to try this – please try it in Maryland!

  2. Gina says:

    I’d also be interested

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