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The Best Veggie Burger in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 24, 2014

Veggie Burger TorontoThe best veggie burgers in Toronto aren't of a single variety. You'll find meat-free patties composed of everything from soy to tempeh, black beans to cheese-stuffed mushrooms. While the ingredients may vary, one thing is clear: these burgers aren't just the domain of vegetarian specialists. You'll find them proliferating on menus at fast food counters, public houses, and even a smokehouse.

Here are the best veggie burgers in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Toronto

Greenwood Smokehouse

Greenwood Smokehouse

Who would've thought a BBQ joint would make a great veggie burger? The mushroom burger ($12) at this Danforth smokehouse is a loosely-formed patty topped with your choice of avocado salsa and smoked pineapple, or vegan chipotle mayo. More »

Hogtown Vegan

Hogtown Vegan

This haven for meatless eaters on Bloor serves up a mean soy patty ($11) on a sesame seed bun dressed with lettuce, pickles, onions and mayo. Double up with two patties and daiya cheese ($3), or beef it up with creamy guacamole ($2.50). Fries or slaw are included on the side. More »

Completo

Completo

While it's not exclusively a vegetarian joint, this Chilean sandwich shop in Leslieville offers ample meat-free options. The veggie sandwich ($8) on a toasty bun comprises a chickpea and black bean patty dressed with mayo, tomatoes, guac, and sprouts. More »

K&K Food Stand

K&K Food Stand

This new spin-off of Kupfert & Kim is dedicated to offering a meatless, wheatless menu, but we're not talking salads. Find burgers, like one with a hemp and sunflower patty ($11) on a gluten-free bun, topped up with the usual array of burger fixin's like mustard and pickles. More »

Burger's Priest

Burger's Priest

This still-expanding burger chain has proven itself the promised land for burger enthusiasts, and vegetarians definitely aren't left out in the cold. The Option ($8) features a blend of cheese stuffed into two roasted portobello mushrooms, then breaded and deep fried before being sandwiched in a bun. More »

P&L Burger

P&L Burger

Skip the beef, and substitute a slab of tempeh for no extra cost when ordering any menu option at this Queen West burger shop. Easily adaptable versions (many others have bacon) include the Philly ($9) with American cheese, sauteed onions, mushrooms and pickled jalapenos, or the Italian ($9) dressed with mozzarella and marinara. More »

The Local

The Local

The meatless option at this pub on Roncesvalles is one hearty handheld sandwich. Served with fries or hand tossed greens, their veggie burger ($12) is made up of panko-crusted tofu topped with black beans, zucchini, eggplant and red peppers. More »

Lola's Kitchen

Lola's Kitchen

When it comes to burgers, vegetarians will be spoiled for choice at this flexitarian restaurant on Church St. Choose between a curried chickpea and almond burger ($14) or a black bean burger ($15), and let the kitchen apply perfectly paired toppings on either. More »

House on Parliament

House on Parliament

The veggie burger ($13) at this Cabbagetown public house starts with a soy patty on a brioche bun that's slathered with hummus, then layered with watercress and other essential toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. More »

Discussion

37 Comments

TF / December 24, 2014 at 10:48 am
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The main pic actually looks tasty I would try it even though I enjoy a beef burger.
Everyone / December 24, 2014 at 10:59 am
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^^^^^ huge loser
tony shamas / December 24, 2014 at 11:37 am
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They look really nice though
S / December 24, 2014 at 11:42 am
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I know its not a burger, but IMO the best veggie sandwiches in this city are, in no particular order: The Eggplant sandwich at California Sandwiches (the original Claremont location; not sure about the others...) w/ mushrooms, onions, hot peppers and cheese; the Fried Green Tomatos at Clubhouse Sandwich shop with arugula, avocado and lemon aioli (and their fries which ARE the best in the city); and the Option at the Burgers Priest (although I don't really like going there; far too pretentious, long lines, terrible fries, and tepid service). They're all awesome sandwiches that I'd eat any day....and this is coming from someone who is not even slightly vegetarian. I'd like to see more vegetarian burgers that aren't a disgusting mash of soy (e.g. using mushrooms, beets, etc.).
Hehe / December 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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..... Said no one ever
JJ / December 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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huge miss forgetting about no bull burgers' quinoa burger. it is the BOMB
missedthebus / December 24, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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Honourable mention should go to the QM (nee Cosmic) burger at the Queen Mum. On the menu for as long as I can remember and still holds its own against any of these others.
Jillian / December 24, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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I've been vegans for 8 years and the only veggie burger that I will eat is from Harvey's
Shayna / December 24, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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Woohoo! Thanks for the list! Plenty of places that I will be trying out soon :) I enjoy Lola's other veg items but I have never been to any of the others. :D
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from John Labatt / December 24, 2014 at 03:52 pm
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Computer! One bland veggie burger that tastes like sawdust, please. On second thought, make that with gagh with bloodwine.
???? / December 24, 2014 at 03:55 pm
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Harvey's how healthy and fresh can that be? I would think that if you are going to be a vegan that your food choices and where you eat would be geared towards freshness and the best nutrients because your body is lacking from not eating meat fish or diary.
bbbbound / December 24, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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QM Burger at the queen mother !
Ron G / December 24, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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I can actually vouch for Harvey's. Their veggie burgers are pretty decent and very affordable. What I think is missing from this list is The Works; their veggie burger is to die for, even if a bit on the pricey side.
hellebelle / December 24, 2014 at 04:17 pm
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I second no bull burgers for their quinoa burger. Very tasty and crispy!
marisa / December 24, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Fresh picnic burger is deffs missing from this list kk
Ellen / December 24, 2014 at 05:25 pm
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I'm glad some else mentioned Harvey's, truly amazing
Yuri / December 24, 2014 at 05:53 pm
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A veggie burger is an imitation. It can be pretty close to the original, but that about it.
I'd go for a good falafel instead - it is vegan by definition, without any suspicious ingredients design to imitate hamburgers.
Karyn / December 24, 2014 at 07:48 pm
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The Aubergine at Indie Ale House in the Junction is SOOOO good!
Karyn / December 24, 2014 at 08:02 pm
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Oh... and the Quinoa Bugger at Hole In The Wall
Nina / December 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm
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The veggie burger at the Good Fork is aaaaamazing.
Erica replying to a comment from Carnivore / December 25, 2014 at 12:23 am
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your the rudest person I've come across in a long time- extremely ignorant
Josh / December 25, 2014 at 12:48 am
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No issues with the list, though I'll give an unexpected shout out to Real Sports down by the ACC. The burger's some sorta bean mix with generous avocado. It's nice to know that MLSE is capable of some pleasant surprises.
Margret / December 25, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Another vote for Harvey's!!!!
Kate replying to a comment from Nina / December 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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gotta argue with that one - had the veggie "burger" at the Good Fork about a month ago and while it was nice and crispy on the outside (deep fried?) the inside was an undercooked, gooey, bland mess. Maybe they had a bad day, or someone forgot to season the mix, but it was awful. A disappointment from an otherwise good spot.

and yeah, Harvey's does make a good veggie burger. So did Licks but I'm afraid they may have gone belly up.
Danielle / December 25, 2014 at 02:09 pm
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The veggie burger at BQM islands down the most moist, delicious meat-like burger I've come across in all of Toronto. To the point where I don't bother ordering veggie burgers from other places, because compared to the BQM one is definitive.
Danielle / December 25, 2014 at 02:11 pm
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^BQM Burger. Not sure why my phone autocorrected to "islands".
o.k.a replying to a comment from ???? / December 26, 2014 at 10:05 am
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Its a good quality burger, don't be a snob. My two sisters are vegan and only like the Harvey Veggie burgers also as many others taste like vegetable poop or try hard meat attempts.
personne / December 27, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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ok, but how many of these places cook their veggie options separately?
amazondotcom / December 28, 2014 at 10:07 am
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Frankie's Diner... queen and ossington. Amazing veg burg.
Mandi / December 28, 2014 at 06:03 pm
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Fresh really should be on this list. I'm glad that there are so many other good veggie options popping up, but the Fresh burgers are awesome always knock my carnivorous friends' socks off.
kat / January 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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Local Eatery in Liberty Village - THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER IN THE CITY!!! NO JOKE!!!! SOOO GOOD
Alia / January 15, 2015 at 06:22 pm
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Everything looks delicious, but Lola's Kitchen is on my list. Thanks!
joelle / January 16, 2015 at 12:37 am
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beet burgers from Whole Foods are amazing
Jackson / January 16, 2015 at 01:51 pm
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Hero Burger's Sol Burger is pretty amazing especially with Guacamole. Joey's Veggie Burger is awesome and stacked high...Never had Lola's but looks amazing.
kim / January 19, 2015 at 01:09 pm
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6th Street on Dundas, awesome Quinoa burger!!
Elizabeth replying to a comment from ???? / March 1, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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Vegan denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. We have no obligation to be pretentious, health obsessed hipsters.
Harvey's veggie burger on the multi-grain bun happens to be very tasty and is completely in line with vegan principles.
np / April 6, 2015 at 09:15 am
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a few others...William's Landing (in Liberty) and Real Sports have pretty good ones too.

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