Best Veggie Burgers in Chicago

April 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

From a mix of veggies to the black bean and Portobello varieties, these burgers offer a fresh alternative for vegetarians.

The Chicago Diner- Logan Square
Vegetarian · Logan Square · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

A "vegetarian paradise" , this diner mini-chain "stays true to its mission" , providing "delicious" , eco-conscious eats (many of which are vegan too) plus "rich, flavorful" "milk-free milkshakes" ; there's a "cute staff" and the low-key atmosphere befits the budget prices, so "long lines" are the "only downside" for most.
Chicago Diner
Vegan · Lakeview · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

A "vegetarian paradise" , this diner mini-chain "stays true to its mission" , providing "delicious" , eco-conscious eats (many of which are vegan too) plus "rich, flavorful" "milk-free milkshakes" ; there's a "cute staff" and the low-key atmosphere befits the budget prices, so "long lines" are the "only downside" for most.
Mana Food Bar
Vegetarian · Wicker Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Creatively prepared” Eclectic-vegetarian small plates are so “delicious” “you don't even realize you aren't eating meat” swear fans of this Wicker Park veggie “heaven,” which also serves “delightful” cocktails; service is “friendly” and prices are “reasonable” too, plus, its formerly “small” dimensions have grown thanks to a coach house expansion.
The Bad Apple
Vegetarian · North Center · $$
Food - · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Patty pundits "love the burger" (the "meat is a private mix from a top NY purveyor" ) to go with a "ton of craft beers" at this "eclectic" , "roomy" North Center hangout "opposite the Half Acre brewery" ; the "on-point" staff "knows the menu" and drinks are "competitively priced" , though despite diversions like shuffleboard, pinball and Ms. Pac-Man, a few find the "family-friendly" setting just "fair."
Lockdown Bar & Grill
Bar · Ukrainian Village · $
Food - · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Heavy metal " meets a cheeky " prisonlike atmosphere " at this " great addition to the Western Avenue stretch " in Ukie Village, blasting concert videos on " many TV screens " and dishing up " delicious " burgers with beers " you don't see anywhere else "; the " amazing " staff, outdoor tables and low tabs offer jailbirds extra incentive to " keep coming back," as does the addition of Lockdown Smoked BBQ next door.
DMK Burger Bar
Vegetarian · Lakeview · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

"Eclectic gourmet burgers" , including options for non-beef eaters, and "damn fine sides" like "grown-up french fries" meet milkshakes, "well-made" craft cocktails and an "outstanding selection of microbrews" at this casual chain from restaurateurs David Morton and Michael Kornick; it's "loud" , and there can be "long waits" for a table, but the "young and trendy" don't mind, especially because "the price is right."
Burger Bar Chicago - Lincoln Park
Burger · Lincoln Park · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Juicy, flavorful " gourmet burgers are the thing at these " unpretentious " eateries where the " many options " include lamb, bison and veggie patties, plus shakes, a " heavenly " mac 'n' cheese bar and a " huge " beer list; the wood-and-brick spaces are " lively ", and it all comes at a " good price.
Sable Kitchen & Bar
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Inventive ", " fun-to-share " American plates " just click " at this River North hang in the Hotel Palomar where " killer " cocktails fuel a " high-energy " bar scene in " luxe " surrounds; it's a " bit pricey " for some who find it " just OK " given the " hype ", but most conclude " there's little room for disappointment here.
Grange Hall Burger Bar
West Loop · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

"Very good" burgers made with grass-fed beef (or veggies) and topped with local cheeses and other "fresh ingredients" are the draw at this West Loop joint also serving housemade pies and weekend breakfast, plus cocktails, beer and wine; the rustic "farmhouse" atmosphere includes a "lovely" patio, and prices are equally casual.