Go green and try inventive takes on garden-variety veggie burgers from these local bars and restaurants.
This group of vegetarian eateries boasts a whole menu of protein-packed burgers using a house-made almond-and-grain patty and whole-wheat buns. Choices range from classic LTO-decked sandwiches to the Thai Burger (peanut sauce, green onions, bean sprouts, cilantro). All come with marinated kale slaw on the side and can be served bunless.
This local chainlet has cultivated a flock of devotees flipping simple-yet-devine burgers - no fancy combinations, just the classics. The Option, its vegetarian offering, sandwiches a blend of cheese between two roasted portobello mushrooms, deep-frying them together into a crunchy patty. Burgers are then customized with fixings and a bun.
Markham Street’s beloved eatery puts a sweet-and-savory twist on the veggie burger, topping a house-made vegetable patty with cranberry salsa ($8.95). Pile on extras like cheddar cheese and fried mushrooms for $1.50 a piece. The price includes a choice of Caesar or green salad, fries, mashed potatoes or basmati rice.
This Danforth gastropub puts its claim for the best burgers in town in writing on its seasonal dining menu, constantly rotating its fixing-and-bun combinations. What’s more, customers can opt for a vegetable patty with any of them.
In the midst of of chicken wings and giant TVs, this sports bar in the Entertainment District serves up a pair of crave-worthy picks for veggie fans. The Ultimate Vegetable Burger blends grains, herbs and pecans into a meat-free patty, topping it with cheddar cheese and guacamole ($14.50). The Lettuce Burger swaps out a bun for leafy greens and adds zest with tomato, onion sprouts and cucumber tzatziki ($15).
Mix-and-match patties and sauces for your ideal meat-free burger at this sunny Kensington Market vegetarian. Building off a base of vegetable, beef-y, spicy black bean or tempeh sloppy joe, the personalized creations come served on a multigrain vegan bun with tomato, lettuce, pickle and caramelized onion. Choose from vegan house, classic burger and chipotle BBQ sauce ($10.50).
This health-focused chain has a mix-and-match burger menu where you can request a vegan patty (made in-house) as the centerpiece any of their wacky combos. The Adopted Luke is a standout choice, with mushrooms, caramelized onions, smoked gouda finished with bbq sauce. All burgers can be served with crunchy veggies in place of a bun.