While it hasn’t always been easy to find a plant-based patty that actually tastes good, veggie burgers are gradually becoming more popular. From beans and mushroom to soy protein, there are a growing number of veggie burgers available at eateries across the country, and, frankly, some of them taste better than their meaty counterparts.
We’ve scoured the country to find the tastiest veggie burgers in Canada, and also asked some well-travelled Canadian vegetarians and vegans to share their favourite spots to scarf down a plant-based burger. So here are all the Canadian locations you should visit to get a mouthwatering veggie burger.
Loving Hut Express, Vancouver, BC
Veggie burgers don’t always need to mimic ground beef. Some choose to emulate the taste and texture of chicken.
“My favourite vegan burger is the Crispy Chick’n Burger from the Loving Hut Express food truck in Yaletown, Vancouver,” says vegan blogger Alexandra Roper. “It is the most amazing vegan chick’n burger I’ve tried (think upgraded McChicken!) and the location of the truck makes it a great option for an on-the-go bite with a beautiful view of False Creek on the Seawall.”
Le Chic Shack, Quebec City, QC
This Quebec City burger joint serves both meat and vegan burgers in a diner-style setting, but its homemade veggie patty, which is topped with pickled beets, onion and tomato, is where it’s at. It’s okay if you consider ordering a second one to go… you know, for second supper.
Big Wheel Burger, Victoria, BC
The curry chickpea and carrot burger at Big Wheel Burger in Victoria’s Cook Village is full of flavour. Topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and roasted red pepper aioli, this burger is a favorite among island locals and tourists alike.
Meet, Vancouver, BC
If you’re looking for something hearty, you’ll find it at Vancouver’s Meet, which has two locations in this west coast hub.
“Meet’s Crispy BBQ Burger is hands down the most indulgent and flavourful meatless burger,” says Melissa Offner, a personal trainer and content creator currently based in Vancouver. “Their house-smoked beer-battered patty and crispy onion strings make it oh-so-delicious.”
Honest Kitchen, Dartmouth, NS
In Dartmouth, the Honest Kitchen whips up a variety of healthy comfort food, but one of its most noteworthy items is the bacon ‘cheeze’ burger. It’s made from a lentil and beet patty, topped with ‘bacon’ made from coconut and smothered in melted ‘cheeze’ and chipotle aioli.
Nosh Eatery, Saskatoon, SK
Saskatoon’s Nosh Eatery offers three different meatless patty flavours, but its beetroot burger is the most unique. Roasted beets, brown rice and chickpeas blend together for a tasty patty that’s packed with protein and, get this, bright pink.
Boon Burger, Winnipeg, MB and Barrie, ON
Even busy vegans on the move can find a plant-based burger to satisfy a craving. Rebecca Moroney lives and travels in a converted Sprinter van with her fiance Eamon Fitzgerald, and when they’re not cooking in their tiny kitchen, they treat themselves to plant-based meals like veggie burgers.
“We initially found Boon Burger in Barrie, Ontario, a few years ago when we were headed north for a weekend. Since then, we’ve made special trips to Barrie JUST for Boon Burger. Our favourite is the jalapeno and cheddar,” says Moroney.
Fresh, Toronto, ON
“A local Toronto spot for a good vegan burger is Fresh. We always go for the chipotle burger with the whopping onion ring on top,” says Moroney. Those onion rings? They’re battered with quinoa and are just as delicious in real life as they look on the screen.