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Where can I get a vegetarian burger?

Flexitarian Mar 13, 2011 10:03 PM

I'm mostly vegetarian (not 100% but almost, hence my moniker on here), and sometimes have a yankering for a vegetarian burger and am wondering who serves them, whether a fast food restaurant or otherwise, and what you think of them.

My favourite has been South St Burger and they even make sure that their vegetarian burgers are cooked on a separate part of the grill using separate tongs from the beef burgers.

Where else can I get one?

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  1. jlunar RE: Flexitarian Mar 13, 2011 10:16 PM

    - Grindhouse
    - Great Burger Kitchen
    - The Burger's Priest

    I'm pretty sure have vegetarian options. GBK for sure has at least one, if not two, options. I'm not sure if you mean a mock-patty though, as I believe it'll likely be a portabello mushroom done up in tasty ways. I'm doubtful if the veg burgers are cooked on a separate part of the grill at these places though.

    Great Burger Kitchen
    1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, CA

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      JennaBean RE: Flexitarian Mar 14, 2011 08:39 AM

      Believe it or not, my fav veggie burger is the Harvey's burger. I don't like the ones that have seeds or nuts or pieces of vegetables. I prefer the ground soy style burger and that's what Harvey's has.

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        jmarcroyal RE: JennaBean Mar 14, 2011 09:24 AM

        Ill second that, I personally dislike most vegetarian options, but strangely enough Ive had the Harveys Veggie Burger a few times and I really like it.

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          Flexitarian RE: JennaBean Mar 14, 2011 10:23 AM

          I think I had a veggie burger at Harvey's way back and it was quite good. I'll have to remember them next time. I wonder why McDonalds, Wendy's or Burger King doesn't seem to have them given more and more people are limiting their meat intake.

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            pescatarian RE: Flexitarian Mar 14, 2011 10:41 AM

            Burger King has always had a veggie burger, or at least for a long time. I'm not sure if all locations have it though. It's not bad. A tad small.

            I haven't been wowed by a veggie burger in a long time. The ones a Harvey's and Lick's are ok. If I remember currectly the veggie burger at Hero Burger was pretty good (it's been years since I tried it though).

            Fresh has a good one, come to think of it. Pulp Kitchen had a good one, but I haven't been there since they moved.

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              Herb RE: pescatarian Mar 14, 2011 11:09 AM

              Pulp Kitchen has closed again.

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                pescatarian RE: Herb Mar 14, 2011 11:30 AM

                Oh that's too bad. I have to admit though that when I'm in the area, I head straight for Lady Marmalade anyway.

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                Manybears RE: pescatarian Mar 15, 2011 05:47 AM

                I prefer the veggie burger at Hero to the meat burger... which isn't saying much I know. I'd say it's about in the same realm as Harvey's (which is not bad).

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                  pescatarian RE: Manybears Mar 15, 2011 11:46 AM

                  I've never tried the beef burger at Hero (I'm not a vegetarian, or pescatarian, despite my tag name, but I tend to lean towards the veggie burger option for other reasons) but I feel like the veggie burger I had at Hero a while back was better than the ones at Harvey's or Lick's.

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                jayt90 RE: Flexitarian Apr 28, 2011 03:57 PM

                Flexitarian, McDonalds has always limited meat intake by offering the basic hamburger.


                The chart shows 8g fat 32g carb, and 12g protein

              4. re: JennaBean
                Pincus RE: JennaBean Mar 14, 2011 10:35 AM

                I also like the soy style burgers. I really hate the Yves Garden Patties (those orange things with the embedded veggie nublets), but what I particularly loathe are the mush surrounded by burnt mush veggie burgers.

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                  Connoisseur RE: Pincus Mar 14, 2011 12:03 PM

                  The Nature (imitation) burger at Licks is very passable

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                    Pincus RE: Connoisseur Mar 14, 2011 01:15 PM

                    It's my current favourite. Not low fat or low sodium, but that's why it's tasty. :)

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                      fleisch RE: Connoisseur Apr 28, 2011 01:36 PM

                      Worth noting that, like South Street, Licks cooks theirs on a separate grill with separate tongs etc.

                2. nummanumma RE: Flexitarian Mar 15, 2011 12:26 PM

                  I haven't had it in a while but the veggie burger from Hair of the Dog was awesome.

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                    looosia RE: Flexitarian Mar 15, 2011 02:53 PM

                    I actually really enjoy Lick's veggie burger. It's huge, filling, and hearty, and goes great with their awesome onion rings.

                    I dislike Hero's burger especially given its price tag, Harvey's is OK but not great, M:Brgr's is alright (I really go there for their fry basket), and I like Utopia's on College.

                    1. kwass RE: Flexitarian Mar 16, 2011 10:01 AM

                      The place that makes the best veggie burger that I have ever had is W Burger Bar. It's a homemade burger, and it is unbelievably scrumptious. If I had to name my 2nd favourite place for a veggie burger, I would have to say Chuck and Co., although their burger is very different from W Burger Bar. Chuck and Co.'s veggie burger has a black bean base, whereas W Burger Bar is chock full of lots of different veggies. So, All that said, if you're looking for a good veggie Burger, run, don't walk to W Burger Bar!!

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                        Armack RE: Flexitarian Apr 27, 2011 03:07 PM

                        I recently had a veggie burger at the Real Sports Bar at York & Bremner. It was a little too soft for my liking but it was spiced nicely (I remember the cumin) and you could see the beans and rice in the patty. It said it had pecans, but I don't remember tasting or seeing them in it.

                        I remember Hal's on Adelaide had an amazing veggie burger but they closed down a long time ago. A shame really...

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                          superangela RE: Armack Apr 27, 2011 08:13 PM

                          I don't like Milestones generally speaking, but when I do dine there, I opt for the veggie burger covered in guacamole with a side of sweet potato fries.

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                            kwass RE: superangela Apr 28, 2011 10:48 AM

                            I must concur with you superangela. I'm not a fan of Milestone's either, but their veggie burger with guacamole is pretty decent.

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                              jerryann RE: superangela May 20, 2011 10:14 AM

                              Totally agree with you! I don't get veggie burgers often, but I love Milestone's California topping on their veggie burger!

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                            jeffs101 RE: Flexitarian Apr 28, 2011 12:08 PM

                            A word of warning to those that are vegetarian.......the veggie burger at Jack Astor's isnt! For some reason, they saute the accompanying mushrooms in worcester sauce.

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                              piccola RE: jeffs101 Apr 28, 2011 04:33 PM

                              Whoa, good to know! Not that I ever really go there, but you never know...

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                                rayrayray RE: jeffs101 Apr 29, 2011 06:47 AM

                                The veggie burger at Jack's is just plain gross. I had one about 2 months ago and it was mushy and tasted like freezerburn. Thumbs up to south street though.

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                                  glickjor RE: rayrayray Apr 29, 2011 10:01 AM

                                  My personal favourite is Czehoski's burger - includes home made pickles, though they are stingy with them and tend to charge you more for additional ones. Still a great veggie burger though, and this is coming from a carnivore.

                                  678 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                                    looosia RE: glickjor May 1, 2011 01:13 PM

                                    Personally, I'm not that big on Czehoski's burgers. They are alright but I don't find them all that fantastic. The bun is fresh and slightly dense, but I find the patty to be a bit too mushy for my liking. It tastes fine but I like my patty with a bit of hold and chew.

                                    678 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                                helenhelen RE: Flexitarian May 1, 2011 12:49 PM

                                i like lick's nature burger.. by far the best and most "meaty" patty.

                                i also like utopia on college - you can get any of their gourmet burger fixings on your veg patty

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                                  Gary RE: Flexitarian May 1, 2011 03:28 PM

                                  The Jason George pub at Jarvis and Front St. East has a pretty decent veggie burger. In fact, I like it more than their beef burgers, which tend to be on the dry side. Their veggie burger is very flat and has a surprising amount of flavour. I can't speak for whether they cook it on a different grill from the meat, though, I suspect they don't. So veggie but not vegan, I guess. On Tuesdays all the burgers are half price.

                                  The Jason George
                                  100 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A1E1, CA

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                                    earthmomma RE: Flexitarian May 4, 2011 08:50 PM

                                    Just had the veggie burger at Mitzi's Sister and it was awesome. HUGE homemade patty (they say it's oats and nuts and mushrooms, I think), very dense and delicious and filling. I was full for hours.

                                    Mitzi's Sister
                                    1554 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R1A6, CA

                                    1. Ediblethoughts RE: Flexitarian May 5, 2011 07:01 PM

                                      I like the veg burger at Fresh.

                                      1. Full tummy RE: Flexitarian May 31, 2011 08:35 PM

                                        Just wanted to post a couple of thoughts. My husband and I typically eat vegetarian when out. I don't tend to like the TVP/soy burgers served at Lick's Harvey's, etc. Our go-to burger these days is the portobello burger at Great Burger Kitchen, a divine and somewhat sloppy mass of mushroom, brie, and delectable toppings on a pretty decent bun.

                                        Today, we went to Burger Bar on Augusta for lunch. We ordered two vegetarian burger combos. They were out of a number of things starting with diet pop, and the soup that was to accompany the lunch special (for which they substituted sweet potato fries). Then, as it turned out, they had only one veggie burger left, so we requested a portobello burger. The veggie burger was a decent, falafel-like patty topped with cilantro pesto and tzatziki, and a wad of iceberg lettuce. All together, it was just a disappointment; one would think tzatziki and cilantro could liven things up, but it just didn't work for me. I had high hopes for the portobello burger, but it, too, was just worth eating.

                                        These people need to take a little trip out to Great Burger Kitchen and give their portobello burger a try. Maybe they'll find the inspiration I failed to see today...

                                        Great Burger Kitchen
                                        1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, CA

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                                          terrycar RE: Full tummy May 31, 2011 08:42 PM

                                          Sounds like they need a remedial course in restaurant management.

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                                          ilivevicariouslythroughnigella RE: Flexitarian Jun 2, 2011 08:00 AM

                                          I really like the veggie burgers at Utopia. Any of the burgers on their menu can be replaced with a veggie pattie. Also, they use veggie gravey on their poutines which are really yummy! I would definitely try Utopia if you haven't been before. They also have other great vegetarian options!

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