10 Best Veggie Burgers in Los Angeles
Formerly Chili Addiction, this La Cienega spot has seriously upped its vegan options, including an entirely separate menu for those who doesn't get down with the bovine. Chef Johnny offers an array of sauces and amenities to spruce up the burgers, but opt for a classic THE Burger and you won't be disappointed. It still comes with your choice of sautéed onions and peppers, chili or sauerkraut, plus pickles made in-house. Even from the photo, this is a seriously meaty-looking burger, although it's actually just ground-up seitan and a secret blend of spices. Expect a mouthful of burger that triggers all of the usual beef sensors in your brain, but with a lot less of the fatty juices you'd come away with from a burger this monstrous. There are still plenty of earthy, satisfying bites, and the flaky wheat bun is a star in its own right. 408 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-203-1793.
6. M Café
Farley Elliott M Café
Celebrities and plebes alike line up for The Big Macro at M Café, the popular Melrose macro eatery. And for good reason; the Big Macro is a brown rice and chopped veggie patty that focuses -- correctly -- on the ingredients surrounding it. You won't be fooling any meat eaters about the true nature of this burger, but there's a good chance they'll keep eating because the whole sandwich tastes great. All of the vegetable toppings, from the crisp lettuce to the onion, fleshy tomatoes and pile of sprouts, are seriously fresh. A thick run of soy mozzarella is the only real downfall, giving off an almost gritty mouthfeel that doesn't work with the rest of the stellar toppings. The snappy pickles and house baked wheat bun shine as well. 7119 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 323-525-0588.
5. Cafe Gratitude
Noam Bleiweiss Café Gratitude
You might have to grit your teeth while ordering from Cafe Gratitude's seriously hippie menu (for reference, the veggie burger is called the I Am Magical), but the results speak for themselves. The patty is a mix of beans, lentils and peppers that also includes some zippy apple cider vinegar and a taste of chipotles and jalapeños for heat. It's a nice burger to look at too, since it ends up tinged pink on the inside and comes stacked with lettuce tomato, onions, pickles and a spicy chipotle ketchup. There's some actual heat to this burger, and it's a welcome addition to a veggie burger landscape that often suffers from blandness. The organic bun, however, comes off more like slightly undercooked toast instead of the soft, pillowy whole wheat option found at several other spots on this list. 639 Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles (and other locations); 323-580-6383.
5601 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA