The Best Veggie Burger in Toronto
The best veggie burger in Toronto is an intriguing category. The sheer number of restaurants that now feature this sandwich is rather overwhelming. From the grimy and greasy beef joints, to the delicate and clean vegan-only spots, the choices are as different as the ingredients used to produce these patties.
One thing is clear; the veggie burger is the ultimate crossover. It's got friends in total dives and in swankier environs. Some have their liquor licences (Burger Bar, Stampede Bison Grill) and others quietly don`t even open on Sunday, instead observing church services. Let`s not even talk about the Five Guys' veggie (non-) option.
Here are the best veggie burgers in Toronto.
Left photo in lead montage by Pam Lau in the blogTO Flickr pool
Ah yes, burger redemption is here folks, whether you’re church-goers or not. The Priest has the solution to the plain, dried out veggie burgers that are the mainstay at most burger shacks. Located at Queen and Coxwell (and a new location on Yonge street north of Lawrence is opening soon), owner Shant Mardirosian christens his veggie burger the option, made of deep fried mushrooms stuffed with cheese for $7.99. Not open Sundays, burger believers beware. More »
Also playing the burger idol is Holy Chuck Burgers, located at Yonge and St Clair. This place steals the second spot with their two veggie burgers, The Animal Feed $8.99, which is a Panko-crusted Portobello mushroom burger stuffed with feta and cream cheese, then deep fried, and topped with a garlicky aioli. The Grazer $10.99 is same as above, but served in between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The owner Johnny is friendly and passionate about his craft, and their deep fried dessert menu will have you praying you wore sweat pants. More »
Fresh, the vegan juggernaut, known for more things vegetarian than you can shake a carrot at, offers a staggering five vegan choices, from the standard deluxe (patty with standard tomato, lettuce & mayo) or BBQ (with quinoa onion rings and chillies, cabbages and bbq sauce) running up to the gourmet junkie miso (miso gravy, cabbage, tomato and lettuce) or thai (thai peanut sauce, cilantro and bean sprouts) or the crowd pleaser, the mushroom and onion (you guessed it, mushroom, onions with alfalfa sprouts for texture). More »
Sadie’s Diner, located on Adelaide just before Bathurst is totally vegetarian, with loads of strict vegan options abound. Owner Al Ridley specializes in a well-stocked juice bar as well as an all-day breakfast. The burger rings in at $7 with fries, with add-on toppings such as veggie bacon, soy cheese and grilled eggplant that can up price and the deliciousness factor. More »
With three locations, Riverside, Queen West and Ossington, Burger Shoppe is captained by Saeed Mohamed, who quit his computer programming job in 2007 to live the dream and own his own boutique burger bar. Their grilled tofu burger $8 features a spicy Mediterranean marinade, jalapeno aioli, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, red onions and BQM BBQ sauce. Friendly service keep the locals coming back for more. More »
With two locations, at Gerrard and Jones and at the bottom of Church, locally sourced and sustainable burgers are what beckon most burger callers here. Great Burger Kitchen offers two veggie burger choices on their menu, the traditional patty $5.95 with lettuce, tomato and balsamic onion and GBK sauce, or the Portobello mushroom $6.95 with brie, balsamic onion, sauteed tomatoes and GBK sauce. More »