Such an activity used to leave vegetarians munching solely on a basket of fries, or maybe a microwaved, previously-frozen, premade veggie burger. Fortunately more and more places are moving past the sad hockey puck of soy protein and dehydrated vegetables. Veggie burgers are now a culinary phenomenon—and these restaurants serve up some of the best.
You don’t need to be an herbivore to enjoy these veggie burgers. With fresh vegetables, whole grains, and the occasional “secret ingredient,” these patties are more akin to gastronomical masterpieces than meat-substitutes.
But don’t let us be the judge. Check out some of the places listed below, and let us know where you've found the best veggie burger.
Portland might be known for its beers, but this veggie burger adds a whole new speciality to this trendy city. It’s not solely a vegetarian joint, but plant-eaters go crazy over their $4 veggie burger. Locally made, it consists of mushrooms, cheese, and oats and is then deep-fried, leaving the burger with a satisfying crunch.
A classic diner joint with an entirely meat-free menu, The Chicago Diner is the place to go for vegetarians looking to get their burger fix. They’ve got three burgers for your veggie-loving hearts to choose from: the Titanic BLT Burger, the Cajun Black Bean Burger, and Buddha’s Karma Burger. The llast one is made with a curried sweet potato and tofu base, and might be our favorite. But with a plethora of side dishes and the option to make everything vegan, you really can’t go wrong.
Meet the veggie burger that will blow your mind. This brand-new concoction took five years to make, with the end result being a meat-free patty that actually bleeds. The burger recipe was designed by the appropriately-named company, Impossible Foods, which spent five years crafting a delicious patty that would have less of a negative global impact. You may have to wait in line, but those who have tasted this culinary feat will assure you that it's worth it.
With restaurants in Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts, a Hillstone veggie burger is never that far away. And for good reason: The Hillstone burger is so famous that folks are dying for a way to make their own at-home versions. The famed burger is made in-house, with a patty mixture of beans, rice, beets, and a handful of other veggies topped with a savory, sweet glaze.
Superiority Burger is an all-vegetarian fast food spot that, according to many New Yorkers, serves as the gold standard for veggie burgers. Also on the menu are crowd-pleasing favorites such as the Sloppy Dave and the Burnt Broccoli Salad. A lot of things are accidentally vegan, and the burger can be made without cheese. With that level of adaptability, Superiority Burger might just be your new favorite burger joint.
This curbside kitchen serves up one of the most prized veggie burgers to grace the streets of the Southwest. Even meat-lovin’ Texans line up for a taste of the “Bac’n Cheeze Buurger.” Starting with a house-made soy and gluten-free patty, the burger is then topped with seitan bacon and all the beloved burger fixings. Also available are the also-vegan BBQ Burger, Chipotle Chik’n Sandwich, and tacos. Hunt down the truck and enjoy some of the finest veggie-inspired fare.
Made with savory beets, wakame (brown seaweed), and hazelnuts, the vegan burger at White Owl Social Club is hands down one of the country’s best. Inside the neighborhood outdoor/indoor rock bar, one can find a plethora of carno-veg-vegan-gf options. But eater beware: This burger is very popular and can sell out on a busy night. Get there early to maximize your chance of snagging one of these blissful bites.
If you’re the sort of vegan/vegetarian who longs for the indulgence of America’s fast food favorites, you’ll find paradise at Doomie’s Home Cookin'. Their vegan "Big Mac" consists of toasted buns, vegan cashew cheese, and two vegan patties. And while any ol’ restaurant might be able to serve a meat-free McDonald’s look-alike, Doomie’s sets itself apart by offering a patty that's made in-house and healthy, with quinoa, beans, and nuts. Note that this burger is on the joint’s “secret menu,” so you’ll have to ask if you want a taste.
What started in Austin has now migrated to California, Colorado, Arizona, and several other Texan cities. The La Bandita veggie burger consists of a black bean and corn patty, along with avocado, goat cheese, arugula, cilantro pesto, chipotle mayo, white onion, and beefsteak tomato, creating a mouthwatering and gourmet concoction sure to delight meat and plant enthusiasts alike.
One to uphold its namesake, the Plant Burger tastes like a savory yet fresh garden feast. Made with lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews, and bulgur wheat, the burger often receives rave reviews, with several bloggers advocating this to be the "best veggie burger” they’ve ever had. It also comes with a side salad, country potatoes, and house-made pickles, so come hungry.
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