When it comes to burger cravings, there really is no substitute. To help you satisfy them without going overboard, we give you five Austin restaurants boasting hearty vegetable versions of the American classic.
You won't feel restricted by your choices as a vegan again, thanks to Arlo’s, a food truck that serves up locally-sourced vegan burgers and tacos that are just as good as the originals and even better for your body. Though most are inclined to devour their juicy Bac'n Cheeze Burger served with house-made seitan bac'n, look out for exciting options that pop up every season. Two truck locations near Cheer Up Charlie’s and Drinks Lounge. 900 Red River, 512-840-1600; 2001 E. Cesar Chavez, 512-840-1840
The chef-inspired diner fare at this modern American resto always draws crowds of people who are looking to chow down on delicious comfort food without the guilt. Here, the veggie burgers are no exception: guests are presented with a house-made patty made from a mouthwatering mix of beets, mushrooms, lentils, rice, pumpkin seeds, and golden flaxseeds—be sure to try it on Betsy’s Veggie burger served with havarti, spicy pepper relish, and generous slices of avocados. 600 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-472-5400
If you’re looking for a classic and hearty burger sans the usual protein, The Silo on Seventh and The Medina burger is for you. However, this sizable house-made black bean option is not for the timid: it comes topped with arugula and avocado before getting smothered in jalapeño mayo, and cooked to perfect crispness. Order a side of their fries, and take your meal outside on their quaint patio for the optimal experience. 1300 E. Seventh St., 512-524-0866
This locally owned neighborhood joint commits to serving Austinites with high quality food that is also bursting with flavor. Among their savory offerings is Galaxy Cafe's Veggie Burger Deluxe, which features a homemade vegan patty sandwiched between their baked-daily buns, and topped with sautéed mushrooms and avocado for a healthy heap of flavor. Multiple locations
Countless diners have used the word “flavorful” to describe the food served at this unique cantina and burger bar located in a converted auto shop right off Manor Road. Their menu is littered with Tex Mex-inspired burgers made with tempeh from Flying Tempeh Bros., but we especially love their vegetarian black bean frijolito burger made with grilled queso panela, mushroom rajas, and guacamole for the ultimate treat. Pro tip: Don’t miss out on their specialty cócteles, either. 1900 Manor Rd., 512-366-5154,