May is a big month for burgers: It’s National Hamburger Month, and National Hamburger Day and Memorial Day are quickly approaching. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up this list of some of the best vegan burgers at restaurants and food trucks across the U.S.—because cows and pigs are living, feeling individuals who don’t want to die to become a bacon cheeseburger. And since the global plant-based burger market is expected to quadruple by 2033, it’s obvious that vegan options are in high demand. It’s no wonder, since they’re tastier than ever and made with compassion for animals!
In no particular order, here’s our list of the top vegan burgers of 2023:
J. Selby’s (St. Paul, Minnesota)
This double-stacked delight is vegan restaurant J. Selby’s signature burger, and it takes inspiration from a popular fast-food burger. But you can enjoy this one without contributing to the suffering of gentle, playful cows or the worsening of the climate catastrophe.
Meta Burger (Boulder, Denver, and Edgewater, Colorado)
Meta Burger has every vegan kind of burger you can imagine, including a steakhouse-inspired Flatiron Burger made with house flatiron steak sauce, grilled Brussels sprouts and shallots, grilled mushrooms, gouda-style cheese, and a house-made patty.
Garlic Mushroom Burger
Mark of the Beastro (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Named the Most Satisfying vegan burger by Utah Stories, Mark of the Beastro’s devilish Garlic Mushroom Burger is made with a house patty (Beyond Beef with oats, seasonings, and secret ingredients) topped with garlic, mushrooms, vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions. So be an angel for animals and try this no-beef burger!
Houstatlantavegan (Houston, Texas)
Houstatlantavegan is a popular vegan food truck serving comfort food classics, like this impressive double bacon cheeseburger, which features two seasoned quarter-pound animal-free patties (choose the Beyond option), vegan smoked gouda, pig-friendly bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and a generous amount of signature HAV sauce on a toasted brioche bun. WOW.
Love Life Burger
Love Life Cafe (Miami, Florida)
A healthy life is all about balance, which is why we’re loving this superfood-packed burger from Love Life Cafe. It features a house-made patty, house-made vegan cheddar cheese, guacamole, pickles, lemon garlic kale, and cilantro aioli.
Vurger Guys (Los Angeles, California)
L.A.-based food truck Vurger Guys, owned by four former NCAA athletes, is grilling up some of the best burgers in the city. The Deluxe Vurger features a specially seasoned Beyond patty, vegan American cheese, thinly sliced tomato, raw and grilled onions, pickles, shredded lettuce, and Sunrise Sauce.
Mushroom Swizz Burger
Modern Love Omaha (Omaha, Nebraska)
Vegan cookbook queen Isa Chandra Moskowitz serves this delish burger at the Omaha location of her restaurant Modern Love. The star of the show here is the house-made seitan-bean burger patty, seasoned with caramelized onions, fennel, miso, tamari, and more. It’s served up with roasted garlic mayo, fresh peppery arugula, caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms, and a melty house-made cashew Swiss cheese.
Bean Vegan Cuisine (Charlotte, North Carolina)
We love a good Western-style burger, and this one from Charlotte’s first all-vegan sit-down restaurant, Bean Vegan Cuisine, reigns supreme. The seasoned soy-based patty is served with seitan bacon, Daiya cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, pickles, dairy-free ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.
Three Carrots Fountain Square (Indianapolis, Indiana)
At Three Carrots, you can find classic burgers and sandwiches, among other specialties. The Beet Burger is a hearty house-made beet patty served up with an egg-free garlic aioli, mixed greens, sautéed miso onions, tomatoes, and pickles on a bun.
Ménage à Trois
Slutty Vegan (multiple locations in Alabama, Georgia, and New York)
Slutty Vegan is a popular vegan chain spearheaded by entrepreneur Pinky Cole, and her stores are spreading rapidly from where she started in Atlanta. The Ménage à Trois burger is an impressive creation with an animal-free patty (choose the Beyond option), pig-friendly bacon, vegan shrimp, dairy-free cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and Slut Sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.
You don’t have to live near one of these winning restaurants to enjoy a savory meat-free meal. Vegan burgers can be found at restaurants and in stores all over the U.S.—just head to your nearest Carl’s Jr., TGI Fridays, or local grocery store to try the much-loved Beyond Burger.
Going vegan is the best thing you can do for animals, the planet, and your own health, so learn more today by ordering our free vegan starter kit: