Burgers have changed. A lot. You can still get a killer beef burger in what seems to be just about every restaurant in America, but the new trend leans herbivore. These all-veg burgers are not only dressed to impress but taste like a million bucks. Whether you’re observing #MeatlessMonday or just want to tuck into plant-based fare with some veggie-loving friends to kick off the week, you have options aplenty. Not near any of these spots? Find a restaurant in your city for next-level veggie burgers on OpenTable.
Original Impossible Burger at BOA Steakhouse, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, perhaps better than any other American city, knows its vegan from its vegetarian, even at a steakhouse. BOA’s indulgent, gluten-free Impossible burger comes stacked with pickles, tomato, and vegan cheese, but the crème de la crème is the topper of Impossible chili. Make a reservation at BOA Steakhouse.
Mushroom and Quinoa Burger at Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois
Packing the umami wallop of mushrooms and the protein punch of quinoa, the veggie burger at all four Chicagoland Beatrixes swings for the fences with layers of Swiss cheese, baby kale, and sriracha aioli. Make a reservation at Beatrix.
Falafel Burger at Zaytinya, Washington, D.C.
Under the direction of chef José Andrés, the humble chickpea fritter undergoes a cross-cultural transformation, becoming a crave-worthy burger on an olive-oil brioche bun dressed with savory garlic-yogurt sauce. Make a reservation at Zaytinya.
Inside Out Quinoa Burger at True Food Kitchen, Plano, Texas
Stuffed with hummus, tzatziki, feta, and enough veggies to make a salad, this aptly named burger replaces a traditional burger’s buns with quinoa fritters cooked just-right in this signature sandwich. Fork and knife optional. Make a reservation at True Food Kitchen.
Quinoa Burger at The Loop, Rochester, Minnesota
Housemade beet hummus adds an Instagram-worthy pop of color to a quinoa patty garnished with white cheddar and fresh avocado. Don’t forget the garlic fries. Make a reservation at The Loop.
Zucchini and Sunflower Seed Burger at Ambar, Washington, D.C.
Only available at brunch, the zucchini and sunflower-seed burger at Ambar exemplifies modern Balkan cuisine. A premiere vegetable of the region, organic zucchini is shredded and mixed with sunflower seeds and Gouda. A traditional roasted bell pepper and eggplant jam, known as ajvar, seals the deal. Make a reservation at Ambar.
Chia and Chickpea Burger at The Wilson, New York, New York
Chef Jeff Haskell coats his chickpea burger with chia seeds before cooking, then layers on cashew cheese, pickled beets, and Little Gem lettuce, turning a one-trick pony into a refined vegan powerhouse. Make a reservation at The Wilson.
Impossible Burger at Acacia House, St. Helena, California
The retro-modern stylings (lettuce, Dijon, pickles, Gruyere, caramelized onions) atop chef Chris Cosentino’s Impossible Burger signal casual all the way, but the foie gras garnish takes this veggie delight to a whole new place. Make a reservation at Acacia House.
The Veggie at TAG Burger and Bar, Denver
Chef-owner Troy Guard built The Veggie with black beans, quinoa, and onions, but the arugula, avocado, and local goat cheese make the dish both fresh and indulgent. Make a reservation at TAG Burger and Bar.
Vegan Impossible Burger at Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, Monterey, California
A tribute to California’s iconic In-N-Out burger, this animal-free version heaps on the plants with vegan ‘cheese,’ caramelized onions, tomato, and Alvarado Stree’s very own secret sauce. Make a reservation at Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill.
Impossible Burger at Magnolia Brewing ‑- Dogpatch, San Francisco, California
A proprietary spice blend (hint: it may contain mushroom powder) and a generous slice of Gruyere amp up the flavor of the Impossible patty at Magnolia. The house special sauce and pickle make this burger equally in demand among carnivores. Make a reservation at Magnolia Brewing– Dogpatch.
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Photo credits: Jenna Murray (The Wilson); Anjali Pinto (Beatrix); Caroline Ponseti/Thrifty Spoon (Zaytinya); Milica Mojsilovic (Ambar). Wagstaff Los Angeles (BOA Steakhouse).