Wollongong and Shellharbour diners now have the chance to try a new meal made with hemp seeds.
The Hemp Therapea burger and a Vegan Cheeseburger are two new items for plant lovers on the Grill’d menu that hit the two restaurants run by the Markovski family on Tuesday.
Hemp seeds only recently became legal in Australia and Grill’d Healthy Burgers wasted no time trying to be the first to put the ingredient in one of its meals.
Hemp Therapea is a vegetarian burger made from peas and hemp.
The seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant and are said to only contain trace amounts of the compound that causes the drug-like effects of marijuana.
Not even the price is high. The hemp burger with its pea and hemp seed patty, avocado, cos lettuce, beetroot, fresh basil, smoked sea salt and tzatziki comes in at $13.50.
Hemp seeds are said to have health benefits and are packed with protein and fibre.
“It doesn’t have any THB left. It is just the seeds which are high in Omega 3,” Allen Markovski said.
“We have tried them and the feedback we are getting from customers and staff is they are amazing. It is more of a fresh garden taste.
You can taste garlic and mint flavours through the patty. It is the first day and people are absolutely loving it. We are the first large food chain to have hemp in a burger.”
The other new dish is a Vegan Cheeseburger that looks like a cheeseburger but is only vegan.
“It is really good. When I tried it was just like a beef burger,” Mr Markovski said.
“They have created a Vegan mayo which tastes exactly the same as any other mayor. And they have put together a Vegan cheese as well.”