Whoever said vegetarians had to be healthy? The king of the messy comfort food exists in vegetarian form, so don’t hold back. As the burger scene in London grows alongside a decrease in meat consumption, expand your burger horizons and give these veggie burgers a try.
Byron deserves an outstanding award for its treatment of the veggie burger, giving vegetarians a choice of burgers. The menu offers a grilled Portobello, mushroom, and goat-cheeseburger, or a bean patty with Byron sauce. This place really knows how to use its vegetables, for both these options are served with roasted pepper, baby spinach, tomato, red onion, and aioli. The goat’s cheese alternative adds an unexpectedly creamy taste to the mushroom base while the Byron sauce is unique – try both.
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Escape London’s chill and bundle up in this small and cosy burger joint, where a delicious veggie burger awaits you. The veggie burger is one of only four options. This burger is a mixture of various vegetables packed together in a patty-like creation that crumbles apart as you bite into it, revealing ingredients like corn, a unique inclusion. You can indulge here in the ‘offer of the century,’ which includes the burger, fries, and a soda for a very reasonable price. Other drinks available include milkshakes in all the usual flavours, as well as coffee. Alternatively, you can opt for various beers and wines. When your burger is ready, do not forget to play around with the creative sauces they offer.
This veggie burger, baptised the Fritter, is simply delicious. Honest Burgers, now open in nine locations around London, had a humble beginning as the brainchild of two friends who originally wanted to open one modest venue in Brixton. The fact that it then greatly expanded is testament to the quality of its food. This burger is made from a curious—and splendid—combination of cauliflower, tomato, sweet corn, shallots, spices, coriander, and cucumber yogurt, because only vegetarians are creative enough to have yogurt in a burger and completely pull it off. Honest Burgers has had a strong focus on providing utmost quality from the start, visible in the fact that all the vegetables in the Fritter are sourced from local markets. Rosemary-salted chips that come with every burger, and gluten free buns are also available.
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Patty & Bun’s veggie burger, also known as the Portobello ‘Dig It’ Mushroom Burger, is superb. It is made of a braised field mushroom fritter, garlic parsley butter, melted Parmesan cheese, coleslaw, lettuce, tarragon mayo, and brioche. The mushroom is a trusted veggie replacement for the patty and its flat-griddled consistency is enhanced by the soft creamy mayo and crispy lettuce. The interior of the restaurant has brick walls, hanging light bulbs, and wooden booths, giving a Brooklyn-like chic atmosphere.
Bleecker St. offers an excellent tofu burger. Far from bland, the tofu here is crispy, a result of having been deep fat fried and then generously dipped into sweet buffalo sauce. This burger food truck knows what it’s doing: coming from the streets of New York it hopes to seduce Londoners with its simple, yet delicious burgers. The veggie burger, one of only four options, is completed with lettuce and American cheese. Supplement your veggie burger with Bleecker’s simple yet innovative mix of fries with sweet potatoes—all hand-cut, with their skins left on.
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For those who would love to indulge in a veggie burger in a cosy and comforting ambience, Burger Craft is ideal. Rather than having an independent place of its own, Burger Craft has permanent residency in four traditional London pubs: The Green Man, The White Ferry House, The Crown, and The Exmouth Arms. Grab a pint and enjoy the burger, called Pleasured by Veg, which contains the creative mixture of a caramelised garden vegetable patty, a beetroot slice, mozzarella, tarragon mayo, and rocket, all served in a fresh, soft, and glazed brioche. A choice of fries or hash browns is included in every order. The service is friendly and very quick.
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Bukowski’s Vegetarian is made from organic black beans, roasted butternut squash, fresh herbs, and spices, and is served with tomato, lettuce, red onion chutney, and mayonnaise inside a toasted brioche. Extra cheese, either Colton Basset Stilton or Double Gloucester, will enhance the experience for only an extra pound. Bukowski disappoints only in its lack of vegetarian fries—all of them are fried in beef dipping. The Vegetarian is big, delicious and sloppy: proper, old-fashioned comfort food. You’ll also find home made condiments, including both organic ketchup and mustard.