Grilling Without Killing: PETA Names ‘Top 10 Vegan Burger’ Winners

For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – In honor of National Hamburger Month, PETA has named its picks for the best vegan burgers in the U.S.—and now the group is sharing the juicy details about the winners, from Southern superfoods to Midwestern mushrooms. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • The Ménage à Trois at Slutty Vegan (Atlanta) is a choice of vegan patty (PETA recommends Beyond Meat) loaded with “bacon,” “shrimp,” “cheese,” caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and Slut Sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.
  • The Mushroom Swizz Burger at Modern Love Omaha (Omaha, Nebraska) is a house-made seitan bean burger with house-made cashew swizz, roasted garlic mayo, fresh arugula, caramelized onions, and grilled mushrooms.
  • The Beet Burger at Three Carrots (Indianapolis) is a homemade beet patty with garlic aioli, mixed greens, sautéed miso onions, tomatoes, and pickles.
  • The Love Life Burger at Love Life Café (Miami) is a superfood patty with house-made “cheddar,” guacamole, house-made pickles, and lemon garlic kale and cilantro aioli.
  • The Dirty Secret at Selby’s (St. Paul, Minnesota) is a gourmet upgrade of a fast-food classic, and as the big original jingle goes, it features two delectable non-beef patties, special vegan sauce, lettuce, cheeze, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun—with an option to add tasty seitan bacon or swap in a gluten-free bun.
  • The Flatiron at Meta Burger (Boulder, Denver, and Edgewater, Colorado) is a Meta patty topped with grilled Brussels sprouts and shallots, grilled mushrooms, Gouda-style “cheese,” and house flatiron steak sauce.
  • The Garlic Mushroom Burger at Mark of the Beastro (Salt Lake City) is a seasoned Beyond Beef patty topped with savory garlic, mushrooms, “cheese,” lettuce, tomato, and onions.
  • The WAP-er at Houstatlantavegan food truck (Houston) is a choice of two seasoned quarter-pound patties (PETA recommends Beyond Meat) on a toasted brioche bun with smoked Gouda “cheese,” “bacon,” lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and a generous dollop of signature H.A.V. sauce.
  • The Deluxe Vurger at Vurger Guyz food truck (Los Angeles) is a juicy, perfectly grilled Beyond Beef patty with VG’s custom seasoning, both raw and caramelized grilled onions, thinly sliced tomato, lettuce, pickles, and American “cheese,” topped with house-made Sunrise Sauce.
  • The Cowboy Burger at Bean Vegan Cuisine (Charlotte, North Carolina) is a hand-formed patty with house-made seitan bacon, Daiya cheddar, onion rings, pickles, ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce.

“Whether you love meaty, old-fashioned Southern barbecue burgers or health-conscious beet burgers, these restaurants serve up animal-friendly ways to enjoy National Hamburger Month,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the satisfying vegan burgers on PETA’s national top 10 list prove that compassion can be delicious and a smart business decision.”

Each of the winners will receive a framed certificate from PETA recognizing their culinary achievement. For those grilling at home over Memorial Day weekend, PETA’s list of top vegan burgers you can find in grocery stores can help anyone enjoy this American comfort food classic while being kind to animals.

Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals each year daily suffering and terrifying deaths and reduces their own risk of developing heart disease and cancer. PETA’s free vegan starter kit can help those looking to make the switch.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind