Meatless in Seattle: 5 Veggie Burgers to TryBy Leslie Kelly
February 18, 2014
Born-again vegetarians often miss the bacon-topped burgers of the world most. But there are some fat, juicy veggie burgers around Seattle that help fill that void. Here are some of the best nonmeat burgers our city has to offer.
Uneeda Burger's veggie burger, pictured here, really should be called a grain burger. A thick cake made of rustic emmer wheat (or farro) and vibrant spices wears a crown of sautéed Portobello mushrooms, sliced red onions, tomatoes and shredded romaine. The bun's generous dousing of "secret sauce" tastes like an elegant herb-laced aïoli, making a drippy, hearty bite that's well worth the $8 price tag. 4306 Fremont Ave. N.; 206-547-2600
Zippy's Giant Burgers in White Center does a bang-up ground-beef-patty business, but it's the Rae's black-bean burger that we crave. Created by the owner's wife, the $4.75 beauty is a winning mix of textures. It's crispy on the outside, creamy within and finished with lettuce, tomato and - an upgrade option that gets exercised quite a lot - bacon. 9614 14th Ave. SW; 206-763-1347
Brave Horse Tavern offers fun over-the-top burger specials every week, and we'd love to see a meatless version in the mix every once in a while. But in the meantime, vegetarians can order the green chili and bean burger. The sandwich's iceberg lettuce, pickles and smoky barbecue sauce on an extra-soft Dahlia Bakery bun make for a fine meal, especially given the low $6.50 price. 310 Terry Ave. N.; 206-971-0717
Sunlight Vegetarian Cafe has several veggie burger variations, but we're crazy for the Nut Burger, a satisfying mash-up of nuts, rice and veggies, topped with gooey cheddar and served on a seven-grain bun for $8.95. 6403 Roosevelt Wy. NE; 206-522-9060
8oz Burger Bar lightens things up for veggie fans, piling watercress, avocado, pickles, sweet onion and an herb aïoli on its savory meatless patty. The nicely chewy pretzel bun makes for a memorable $10 meal. 1401 Broadway; 206-466-5989