New York City is full of delicious vegetarian and vegan feasts, including—but certainly not limited to—veggie burgers, some of which can make even the staunchest burger-lover salivate. Here are our favorites around town; as always, leave yours in the comments.
SOY BACON CHEESEBURGER AT BLOSSOM: Nothing sounds less veggie-friendly than a bacon cheeseburger, but the ground round at this trio of vegetarian eateries is 100 percent free of animal products, and it's a hearty, satisfying burger to boot. The soy patty is topped high with vegan cheese, tomato, lettuce, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and faux-bacon, and is drizzled with a chipotle aioli sauce. And though in our experience soy burgers can come out a little rubbery, Blossom's burger is thick, meaty and filling, with a nice charred quality that sets it apart from its competitors.
The burger is only available for lunch at the West Village cafe and the more upscale Chelsea restaurant, but the Upper West Side outpost serves it for dinner, too. The dish runs $15 for lunch and $17 for dinner, and comes with your choice of fries, sweet potato fries or a salad.
Blossom has three locations: 41 Carmine Street between Bedford and Bleecker Street in the West Village (646-438-9939, blossomnyc.com); 507 Columbus Ave between 84th and 85th Street on the Upper West Side (212-875-2600, blossomnyc.com); and Blossom Vegan Restaurant at 187 Ninth Ave between 21st and 22nd Street in Chelsea (212-627-1144, blossomnyc.com).
SUPERIORITY BURGER & SLOPPY DAVE AT SUPERIORITY BURGER: How could we list the best veggie burgers in NYC without a nod to Superiority Burger, and its namesake black bean-quinoa-lentil creation? Topped with muenster cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and dill pickle, the superiority burger leaves you just as satisfied as its meaty counterpart, minus the dead cows. Pick one up at Brooks Headley's new East Village shop, where you can also try out other vegetarian grub (the soy-based "Sloppy Dave" comes highly recommended). Just remember to take your burger to go—you don't want to injure yourself on any NIMBY rock collections! (Abigail Rowe)
Superiority Burger is located at 430 East 9th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A in the East Village (212-256-1192, superiorityburger.com).
PUT AN EGG ON IT VEGGIE BURGER AT NO. 7 NORTH: Vegans will want to avoid this one, because it's all about that egg. No. 7 North's veggie burger can be offered up in a variety of ways, but the best of those ways is the Put An Egg On It option. The burger patty itself has a thin outer-layer of seasoned crisp, which is perfect, as most veggie burgers are mushy, tasteless, and easily fall apart.
But what really makes this a stand out is what's added onto that patty. It's topped with pickled onions, fried garlic, and a perfectly soft boiled fried egg. Yes, both boiled and fried—it comes with a crispy coating, and sliced in half, with egg yolk ready to pour out onto the burger so you don't even need a condiment. The masterpiece costs just 10 bucks, and that comes with a side of slaw and a spicy pickle. (Jen Carlson)
No. 7 North is located at 931 Manhattan Avenue between Java and Kent Streets in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-7775, no7north.com).
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'SHROOM BURGER AT SHAKE SHACK: The 'Shroom Burger is a contentious addition to this list. On the one hand, it is transcendently delicious—the little ditty is comprised of a fried slice of portobello mushroom that's filled with melted (and fried) muenster and cheddar cheese, and sandwiched between a slice of lettuce and tomato in a potato roll. It tastes spectacular, but it's also quite small and highly caloric (570!), which somewhat defeats the purpose of the meat-free delicacy. Still, if you haven't tried a 'Shroom Burger, you're missing out—be sure to overload your system with Lactaid pills beforehand.
Shake Shack has a number of locations throughout the city; visit their website for details.
VEGGIE BURGER AT MAIMONIDE OF BROOKLYN: M.O.B. is one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants in the city, and it also boasts one of the best meat-free burgers in town. The $16 Mob burger deluxe features a super-thick crimini mushroom patty topped with Brooklyn Brine Pickles, charred onion, tomato, smoked eggplant and lettuce—the towering shebang sits between your choice of a whole wheat or potato roll, eventually coming in at 8 inches tall. Opt for your choice of cheese for an extra $2.
MOB is located at 525 Atlantic Ave between Third and Fourth Ave in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-797-2555, mob-usa.com).
THE PICKLE SHACK: Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike rave about the house made shack burger whipped up at this Gowanus eatery. The $14 masterpiece is comprised of a grilled hearty vegetable and mushroom patty and topped with bread-and-butter pickles—the whole shebang is sandwiched between two halves of a potato roll and comes doused with aiöli and ketchup. An extra $2 livens up the burger with your choice of cheese, though it's flavorful enough dairy-free.
Pickle Shack is located at 256 4th Avenue between President Street and Carroll Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn (347-763-2127, pickleshacknyc.com).
GREEN MACHINE BURGER AT THE ORGANIC GRILL: For another faux-burger deal, this East Village eatery offers one of the tastiest veggie burgers in town. The $14.99 Green Machine burger comes with your choice of vegan or dairy cheese, depending on your dietary restrictions; the rest of the Meat-Free MacDaddy is comprised of a large Portobello mushroom, a hunk of vegan pesto sauce, onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, peppers and sprouts. This thing is a monster of herbivore proportions, and even staunch burger lovers will be impressed with its flavor and fuerte.
The Organic Grill is located at 123 1st Ave between 7th Street and St. Marks Place in the East Village (212-477-7177, theorganicgrill.com).