The best *real* plant-based burgers in restaurants right now

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We took a run through U.S. restaurant menus coast-to-coast to find the best, clean and delicious house-made plant burgers. They’re consciously made with pure, whole ingredients. No isolates, no additives, no mass-production. Here are our top 3 favorites. 
 
Halloween may be long past, but one thing still gives us a bit of fright: all that ‘franken-meat’ in restaurants and stores everywhere.
 
We’re talking the highly-processed “plant-based meats” and soon-to-come lab meats and cell-cultured meats. While we’ve discussed our concerns at-length in a previous post, we’d like to flip the script and celebrate restaurants that make their own plant burgers in-house using real, clean ingredients.
 
These restaurants took the initiative to create their own recipes, using pure plants. No isolates, no flavors, no colors, no bamboo, and no energy-intense protein extraction or processing required. These house-made plant burgers include ingredients like mushrooms, beets, quinoa, rice, etc. 
 
So if you’re itching to try a real plant-based burger, we present…
 

Our top 3 picks for real, clean plant-based burgers in U.S. restaurants coast-to-coast. 

 

Our favorite: The Plant Cafe Organic

San Francisco-based 100% Organic cafe with 5 locations, including SFO outpost in Terminal 2. 

The burger: “The Plant burger™” Vegan patty made in-house from lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews & bulgur wheat, topped with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, vegan aioli, bun from local bakery: Acme.

We love their commitment to 100% Organic, local, sustainable sourcing. This favorite may be biased – I’ve enjoyed their plant burger since moving to SF in 2006!

And there’s much more to enjoy – I usually get a salad with wild salmon or one of their other vegetable-forward dishes. 

Nix, NYC

Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant with vegan options in Greenwich village.  

The burger: “Beet burger, horseradish cream, apples, cucumbers” ($18, available at brunch/lunch)  

We can’t resist a little fancy – and Nix has held strong to their Michelin star from 2017 – 2020. Weekend brunch is accessible and delightful with seasonal offerings including vegetables, farm eggs, and yes – the aforementioned beet burger.

Planta

Upscale dining with exclusive plant-based ingredients, in Toronto and Miami South Beach.

The burger: “The Planta burger” is made with mushrooms and lentils, available at Planta locations. ‘Planta Burger’ in Toronto is a fast-casual version of the restaurant with a menu full of variations on (you guessed it) – their burger.

We love their dedication to innovation, deliciousness, and sustainability. They’ve also won national competitions with their housemade plant burgers, so we’re game for trying!

Have you enjoyed a similar, delicious house-made plant burger that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite finds in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “The best *real* plant-based burgers in restaurants right now

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