Who says meat-eaters have all the fun? London's burger joints are after the vegetarian pound, so if you're in search of more than a bean burger in a soggy bun, here are some of the best veggie and vegan burgers in town.
Dalston - BrewDog, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney, London, N16 8BJ
Biff's Jack Shack are known for their jackfruit creations and their burgers are created with a jackfruit patty. They've teamed up with Brewdog to launch a vegan bar in Dalston, with an extensive menu of fast food delights. There are lots of vegan burgers on the list, and we're picking out The Truffle Shuffle - Truffled cracked black pepper mayo, smoked flat mushrooms, bacun jam, rocket, smoked gouda and red onion. Look out for regular specials too.
Sides: Lots to choose from, including nachos, chilli cheeze fries, korn ribs and more.
DIY kits: order from their store
Delivery: on Deliveroo
Shoreditch and Camden
They're already pushing the boundaries with their standard burgers, so it makes sense that Burger and Beyond do just the same for vegans. This is panko-crusted mushroom patty, melted vegan raclette, caramelised onion, green leaves and vegan smoked garlic mayo.
Sides: Pair that with some truffle tots on the side and you'll be very happy.
Boutique burger chain Haché's vegan burger, Beyond Le Fumé, features a Beyond Meat vegan patty with grilled aubergine, smoky semi-dried tomatoes. Violife Cheddar, zucchini straws, Rubies in the Rubble mustard mayo, toasted ciabatta bun. and then the whole thing is presented in a smoke-filled dome.
Sides: How about their spicy buffalo cauliflower or kale caesar salad?
Delivery: Multiple locations via Deliveroo
Brixton and Shoreditch
Originally street food, Halo Burger first set up shop at Pop Brixton, with a second restaurant in Shoreditch. They've teamed up with plant-based food specialist Beyond Meat who provide their patties, and the hero burger is the Halo Burger. That's Two 1/8 lb Halo seasoned Beyond Burger patties, diced caramelised onion, two slices of melted American style cheese, beef tomato, lettuce, pickles and house-made sauce.
Sides: Make sure to have the Himalayan pink salt fries with melted cheddar cheese, signature sauce and caramelised onions.
Delivery: from Shoreditch
Fitzrovia and The City
Yes, Mac and Wild are best known for their game menus and the venison burger - but they've put just as much effort into perfecting their vegan burger. The Bloody Roots burger still harks to their Scottishness with a veggie haggis, no less. It's "Macsween veggie haggis patty, beetroot ketchup, vegan cheesy fondue, soyannaise, ripped parsley & dill salad - served in a poppy seed bun."
Sides: The truffle mac and cheese (although that's veggie, not vegan).
Delivery: On UberEats
Shoreditch and Canary Wharf
The Vurger Co. started as a market stall, popping up across London before settling down in Shoreditch and then opening a second site in Canary Wharf. They have a fully vegan menu and several burgers to choose from. Top of the list is the Auburger - that's Aubergine, chickpea, red onion and chipotle patty with pickled red cabbage, gherkins, tomato, vegan cheese and house cumin mayo. Look out for their wraps and salads too as well as their Buffalo “chicken” vurger.
Sides: Choose between skin-on or sweet potato fries as well as tater tots.
DIY Kits: Order on their shop
Delivery: On Deliveroo
Mayfair, Soho and Camden
Renowned vegan Lewis Hamilton has a side business in addition to his racing - Neat Burger, a vegan burger joint in Mayfair. Their patties are by Beyond Meat and the main Neat Burger is a Double Neat Meat Patty, Triple bun, Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Red Onions, Pickles and Tangy Sauce - with cheeseburgers, hot dogs and Chick'n burgers all on the menu too.
Sides: Fries, sweet potato fries and tater tots with the messy "Tarantino" upgrade.
DIY kit: Order on Restaurant Kits
Delivery: On Deliveroo
Dalston, Camden, Soho, King's Cross
Mildreds has been offering interesting, delicious vegetarian and vegan food for 30 years so they know how to make a tasty burger. From their two chick'n options this Korean burger is the business, featuring southern fried chick’n, house kimchi, fragrant herb and shoot mix, gochujang mayo and Korean fried chick’n sauce.
Sides: It would be rude not to try their small plates, each location offers something slightly different - dishes like chargrilled aubergine, rose harissa, preserved lemon & basil oil, or smashed avocado, lime and chilli with organic corn chips.
Delivery: Order on Deliveroo
Camden: 103a Camley Street, N1C 4PF; Hackney: 10 Morning Lane, E9 6NA
Temple boasts a fully vegan menu, using the meat alternative seitan, a similar consistency to chicken and made from wheat. Oh, and deep-fried in crispy goodness. Based in both Camden and in Hackney with street pop-ups across London, these chaps offer a crispy Seitan fillet, ranch mayo, bacon, cheese, lettuce and pickles – great for vegetarians who miss meat.
Sides: They would probably win the award for most Instagramable Mac and Cheese pot.
Delivery: Order via their site
Shoreditch: 104 Brick Lane, London E1 6RLA
One of the first vegan burger bars in London, Mooshies has a dedicated following. As well as their jackfruit jerk burgers and the aubergine Fillet-om-Fish, there's the What's Ur Beef - organic quinoa and black bean, Mooshies burger sauce, caramelised onions, vegan cheese, gherkins and lettuce. And you can add avocado and aubergine on that too, if you fancy.
Sides: Their loaded fries, topped with everything from fried aubergine to BBQ jackfruit.
DIY Kits: Order via their website
Delivery: Multiple options here
Spitalfields, Victoria, Bloomberg, South Bank
Bleecker have joined forces with Neil Rankin's symplicity for their plant-based veggie burger - it features a ten-day fermented, deep-fried vegetable patty with American cheese, onion, lettuce and house sauce.
Sides: It’s all about the angry fries - fries with hot sauce & blue cheese sauce
DIY kits: via their website
Delivery: on Deliveroo
A large amount of Honest Burger locations now exist across the UK, so you know they are doing something right. The fritter burger available in vegetarian (Cauliflower, sweetcorn and chickpea fritter, cheddar, lime and coriander mayo, hot sauce, red onion, tomato and lettuce) or vegan (Cauliflower, sweetcorn and chickpea fritter, vegan smoked Gouda, Rubies vegan chipotle ‘mayo’, French’s mustard, red onion, lettuce and pickles).
Sides: Onion rings, obvs.
DIY Kits: On their website
Delivery; see all the options here
With 13 locations including one in Brighton, Patty and Bun serve up a mean Field Mushroom Fritter – with garlic parsley butter, cheese sauce, coleslaw, lettuce, tarragon mayo in a brioche. Gluten-free buns are also on the menu, and burgers are available to take away too if you don’t want to sit in. There are also three plant-based options too.
Sides: Vegan Brisket Loaded Chips? Don't mind if I do.
DIY Kits: buy vegan meal kits here
Delivery: via Deliveroo
22 Wardour St, London W1D 6QQ
Open until 2am on the weekends and spread across three floors, this Japanese udon/sushi/burger joint is as kitsch as it comes. Executive chef Brendan Fong pays homage to the vegetarian ‘Dude Food’ movement with a tempura vegetable patty, miso-braised mushroom, lettuce and tomato with yuzu kosho aioli (with the option of added Brie for £1.00).
Sides: It's got to be the mizuna and enoki mushroom salad.
Delivery: via Deliveroo
This once meat-heavy chain now offers up to four vegetarian options (branch dependant). Known for having a seriously fun cocktail list, it is famous for having a selection of drinks with names like “The Paralyser” where diners are limited to a maximum of two. We opt for the Halloumi & 'shrooms Burger - stacked with halloumi, mushroom, red onions, pickles, lettuce, French mustard and ketchup.
Sides: It’s fries all the way here with eight different varieties, including fries covered in green chilli sauce, melted cheddar cheese & pickled jalapeños – worth it even if you do have to drink a whole bottle of Gaviscon the next day.
Delivery: via UberEats
DIY burger kit: order online
3 Portman Mews South, London W1H 6AY
Inspired by Indian street food, Roti Chai offers a moreish selection of small plates including the Bun Tikki - a mini Amritsar style aloo tikki burger. But don’t stop there – the plates are small, so team it with the Aloo Papri Chaat (crunchy wheat crisps, potato, chickpeas, yoghurt) or the Hakka Chilli Paneer.
Sides: Go for a warming bowl of Tarka Dhal
Delivery: They do Click and Collect
Looking for more veggie inspo?
Then check out our guide to the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in London.
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