Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word ‘Burger’ as:
2: a sandwich similar to a hamburger tofu burgers —often used in combination
But when it comes to food, who really cares about semantics? All we’re really concerned about is where we can get our hands on this nothing-short-from-perfect meal from the Protein Gods. Give us a flavoursome patty caked between two firm but fluffy bread buns any day and we’ll be smitten! (at least for the next 3-4 hours).
Whilst beef burgers are easy to come by in almost any UK restaurant, you may be surprised to know that vegan friendly options are also rising in commonality… just check out these 10 options which we have found; some of which are completely vegan, others can be easily customized by subbing the dairy. It’s also worth noting that this list is certainly not comprehensive and there are many independent fast food joints across the nation cooking up some exceptionally delicious meat-free alternatives. Enjoy!
10 High Street Chains In The UK You Didn’t Know Had Vegan Burgers!
Sweet Potato Falafel Burger
Not an exclusively vegan chain, but Loungers DO have an entire vegan menu which you can choose from! The menu includes anything from cooked breakfasts, tapas, cakes and.. since we’re on the topic of burgers, you’ll be pleased to know you can get your hands on one of those too. The Sweet Potato Falafel Burger comes with rocket, tomato, red onion, gherkin and beetroot hummus, in a sourdough bun, with vegan house ‘slaw. Note that this picture isn’t actually the sweet potato burger because we couldn’t find one. But a burger is a burger is a burger, right?….
Thai Vegetable Burger, Sweet Potato & Bean, Veg Mex, Cajun Vegetable & Bean
YES! You did read that right! HBC have FOUR vegan options. Options, as a vegan? Isn’t that a delight! Well it’s certainly becoming more prevalent and this popular fast food chain is really spearheading the way for veg-friendly patties in the UK. So, here’s the scoop:
Thai Vegetable Burger – Thai style vegetable patty, grilled peppers, sweet chilli sauce, red onion & watercress. Sweet Potato & Bean – Mango & ginger salsa, lettuce, tomato & red onion. Served on a fresh sourdough bun
Veg Mex – Veggie patty, handmade Mexican salsa, hand crushed avocado, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato & red onion. Served on a fresh sourdough bun
Cajun Vegetable & Bean – Original HBC burger relish, lettuce, tomato & red onion. Served on a fresh sourdough bun
Aptly named or perpetuating an outdated stereotype? Ehh… GBK have been known to piss off a lot of vegans in the past BUT… if you’re in a pinch or couldn’t care less about the drama, why not try their Dippy Hippy burger? Wedged between a sourdough bun, who could say no to a pan-fried bean patty with beetroot & mint hummus, avocado, piquillo pepper, salad and burger relish? You can’t beet it.
Veggie Bean Burger, Kids’ Veggie Burger
Surprised? Us too, actually. BK’s Veggie Bean Burger patties contain vegetables and grains and unlike most of their other baps, their bun is safe from milk/egg products. Simply request without cheese & mayo or sub for ketchup.
Feeding the sprogs or just want something smaller? You can also order the Kids’ Veggie Burger. This is the children’s version of the adult’s bean burger and doesn’t even come with mayonnaise, so you can order it as is.
Cajun Vegetable Burger
Ed’s used to have a delicious Chickpea and Quinoa burger on their menu which has recently disappeared (boo!) but what you can get is their Cajun Vegetable Burger instead which sounds just as appetizing. The burger is made with spicy cajun seasoning in a vegetable patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. Only thing you’ll have to exclude is Ed’s sauce… which sounds kinda weird anyway.
Not only do these punks create Vegan Society approved beers, they are also the only chain to offer a vegan burger made from Seitan (wheat gluten). The BBQ seitan steak is sandwiched between crispy kale, sun kissed tomato chutney & hummus and it is to-die-for.
Frustratingly their bean burger isn’t vegan due to the use of egg however their mushroom burger is if you request it without goat’s cheese and aioli. (Get your money’s worth and see if they’ll give you extra veggies or fries instead). The mushroom burger is a delicious stack of the following ingredients: Portobello mushroom (as the ‘patty’), roasted red pepper, baby spinach, tomato and red onion,
Chilli Chicken Style Burger
With only 3 locations at the moment, we are eager to see this 100% vegetarian fast food chain to expand! Mr Singh’s has a wide range of vegan/vegetarian options on their menu, from pizza to hotdogs and spicy soya sticks. The majority of their menu can be customized to vegan, but for an easy order you can simply choose the Chilli Chicken Style Burger which is made from soya ‘chicken’, chilli jalapenos, vegan cheese and salad.
This chickpea patty comes with sweet chilli sauce, lettuce and cucumber, all inside a toasted sesame seed bun. They also offer a Spicy Vegetable Deluxe for those who want to give their tastebuds an extra kick! Simply order without mayo/”sandwich sauce”. For anyone a bit dubious about ordering from McDonald’s (totally understandable), you may be happy to know that they pledge to only use vegetarian-only fryers for its veggie burgers, meaning there’s “no chance” of cross contamination with animal products.
Spicy Bean, Traditional Style, Tofu Burger, Get With The Beet, Big V Deluxe, Smoky BBQ, Chic’In, Spicy, Ocean Burger
Ol’ reliable. This global chain is a joy to visit for any vegan or plant based eater, and just like Mr Singh’s, we hope they franchise some more locations across the nation. However if you are lucky enough to live close to Norwich, Edgeware, Archway or Crawley you’re in luck! Seriously! You have a choice from NINE 100% vegan burgers, including a spicy bean burger, “traditional style”, tofu, beets, deluxe with vegan bacon, BBQ, vegan chicken, Mexican spicy and even a ‘fish’ burger! Most of which you can add/subtract vegan cheese to. Loving Hut’s menu is completely vegan so even if you’re not in the mood for burgers, you’re guaranteed to be spoilt for choice.