10 Best Veggie Burgers in Los Angeles
1. R+D Kitchen
On the not-so-sly, Santa Monica's R+D Kitchen already serves up a seriously tasty beef burger. Yet it's their simple -- but by no means cheap -- veggie burger that steals the spotlight. Made from a mix of lightly toasted brown rice, mushrooms for depth and nutty almonds for crunch and a bit of forward flavor, plus some sautéed vegetables, the patty is tender, juicy and wonderfully caramelized at the edges. Served dripping over with melted jack cheese and a side of invitingly vibrant toppings, the veggie burger from R+D Kitchen is a straightforward example of elevated vegetarian cooking. When everything squeezes together underneath the eggy sesame seed bun, meat eaters may actually start to feel jealous that vegetarians get to have all the tasty fun. And that certainly doesn't happen often. 1323 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 310-395-3314.
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