Best Veggie Burgers in San Francisco

March 21, 2017
by Zagat Staff

From beet to chickpea patties, here are the top meatless concoctions in the city.

Super Duper Burgers
Fast Food · SoMa · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

"Big fans" of these "sustainable" , "organic" -minded Bay Area burger joints agree the "name not only describes the food but the prices" they charge for "juicy" beef and "amazing" vegetarian patties topped with "homemade pickles" , as well as "killer" alcoholic shakes for adults and "mini" portions for "pint-size" patrons; while the "smart retro" seating areas can get "crowded" with "noisy families" , "efficient" service ensures it's usually "easy in" , easy out.
Roam Artisan Burgers
Burger · Cow Hollow · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

This "excellent" burger chainlet is dedicated to "sustainable" ingredients in its "juicy, grass-fed" beef, all-natural bison, turkey and veggie patties, all gilded with "unique toppings" and washed down with "thick, delicious" shakes; you may have to "jockey for a table" at these counter-service spots, but connoisseurs "love" customizing their orders to taste, and say the price is "worth it."
Mission Bowling Club
Bar · The Mission
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"Drinking and bowling – what could be better?" muse fans who are "bowled over" by this "hip" , "retro" Mission alley where you can drink "tasty" "classic cocktails" while waiting to sling your ball down one of six lanes; thanks to a "cool" staff, "good times are had by all" in the "festive yet relaxed" environment, and the peckish can order "delicious" upscale comfort fare in the attached full-service restaurant.
Umami Burger Soma
Burger · China Basin · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

Fans say these Bay Area links in the "popular" LA burger chain "live up to the hype" , serving "innovative, juicy" patties in "amazing" flavor combinations with "housemade condiments" adding "another dimension" ; maybe "portions could be a little larger" for the price, but wine and beer compensate.
Chow Food Bar
American · The Mission · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

A "home away from home – with better cooking than home" – this "super-popular" mini-chain is a "staple" for fans of "consistent" American comfort food and "good value" ; since it’s like "eating in a cozy diner in a small town" , regulars don’t mind the "loud" decibels and "hit-or-miss" service.
American · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

Once a popular pop-up, this Piedmont Avenue brick-and-mortar delivers a "rich" , "delectable" rare burger (plus a vegan version), along with salads and sides ( "bone marrow heaven" ) and beer and wine; outfitted with white marble, stainless steel and banquettes, the space fills up with "fashionable" customers, even if some find it "rather expensive for a burger joint."
The Plant Cafe Organic
Organic · Marina District · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

Clean-living converts swear by the "tasty" , "organic" Californian cuisine for which these crunchy cafes are known, including "housemade veggie burgers" , "fresh vegetable juices" and other "affordable" staples served in a "cool atmosphere" ; skeptics who insist it's "nothing special" add that service varies from "accommodating" to "spotty" , but the opportunity "to eat out with friends and not blow your diet" is nice "even if you are a meat lover."