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Aug 22, 2012 01:59 AM

Best restaurant veggie burger?

Just wondering if there's any veggie burger as good as the veggie burger from Houston's. Any thoughts?

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  1. A lot of the restaurants around me (CT) make their own veggie burgers, but one of the best is from, ironically, Plan B in Glastonbury. Plan B is a beer and burger bar, known for their awesome beer selection and their grinding of fresh meat all day for the burgers.

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    1. re: kubasd

      This post is making me hungry for something I can't have... A friend ran a Greek restaurant in North Carolina and made his own vegi-burgers which just might have made me give up ground beef if anything could. Forgive me while I dry the drool from my keyboard!

      1. re: kubasd

        I am also in CT- good to know about Plan B! Willimantic Brewing Co.'s Main Street Cafe also has a wonderful house made veg burger.

        To the O.P.- what is Houston's? A restaurant? A burger available in stores?

        1. re: mels

          Houston's is a restaurant run by Hillstone Group. There are a bunch in Southern California, and other random places in the US. Closest to you might be NY or NJ.

      2. The Greek diner around the corner from me makes an excellent lentil burger although you have to ask to get regular burger toppings on it instead of [jarred] salsa. 5 Napkin Burger makes an excellent veggie burger.

        1. imho, there are two categories of veggie burgers: 1) the fake-meat variety that tries to mimic the flavor and consistency of meat, and
          2) the vegetable patty variety

          In Los Angeles,
          1) fake-meat variety award goes to Veggie Grill (it's a small chain)

          2) vegetable patty variety is a split decision :
          a) the homemade burger served at Houston's and
          b) the home-made burger served at The Counter (another small chain)

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          1. re: westsidegal

            Ah yes. I'm pretty biased, as I really don't like the fake-meat variety.

          2. I just saw the title of your thread and came in to give credit to Houston's/Hillstone. The best I've ever had, and far better than many actual hamburgers.

            1. NO !! Houston / Hillstone veggie burger hands down is the BEST. But I gotta give J.Alexander props for their copy-cat veggie burger. Everything about J.Alexander is mirror image of Houston, that I argued with my waiter that they had to be owned by Hillstone.

              Houston's says the patty itself is vegan but the bun is grilled in butter which makes it so good!! They're so expensive in NYC $18, so this is my version which is pretty close to the taste & lot cheaper. I'm impressed, that I made extra batch of patties and froze them. If you have any suggestion to improve, please let me know.

              2 tablespoons Soy
              2 tablespoons Molasses
              2 tablespoons Honey
              2 tablespoon Hoisin

              1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (I used pre-cooked frozen rice from Wholefoods)
              2 cups Soaked,cooked dry black beans, drained or (15 ounce) can black beans rinse& drained
              1/4 cup oat bran
              1/2 white onion, finely chopped
              4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
              2 beets,roasted, finely chopped or 2 tablespoons of canned beets (drained & chopped)
              1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
              2 Medjool dates, diced could also use prunes/ figs
              1/4 teaspoon chili powder
              1/4 teaspoon black pepper
              1 teaspoon ground cumin
              1 teaspoon kosher salt
              2 egg portion of Ener-G Egg Replacer (to bind) or 2 egg whites
              2 teaspoons olive oil

              1. Homemade BBQ Sauce - Stir together 2 tablespoons each of Soy, Molasses, Honey and Hoisin. set to the side.

              2. Salute Onion & Garlic until soft, not brown. At same time Roast two beets -little olive oil and salt sealed in aluminum foil at 375 till soft to the touch.

              3. In a large bowl, mash the beans slightly. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing) and remaining ingredients -- rice through Ener-g egg. Place in Refrigerator for 1 hour prior to forming into into four 6 oz patties.

              4. Get a cast iron skillet smoking, add a coat of olive oil. Grill burgers for 2 minutes on one side. Turn and brush with remaining BBQ sauce mixture, Top with your version of cheese if you wish & grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

              5. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard on a bun which has been grilled in Earth Balance vegan butter spreads.

              I think it nailed the patty really close to Houston's/Hillstone, but their homemade bun is very special too.