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Best Vegetarian Burgers in Toronto

Toronto is home to some of the best veggie burgers ever created. From upscale dining to casual fast food on the go, this list includes restaurants that are completely vegan and others with only one herbivore inspired item on the menu. These tasty veggie burgers range from tempeh, lentils, soy, rice, beans, beets, mushrooms, and quinoa. They are all quite different but have two things in common: no animals were harmed in the making of these burgers, and they are all delicious.

Mac Daddy at Doomies
Let’s just say Doomies calls their vegan burger Mac Daddy for a reason. It’s quite possibly the largest veggie burger in Toronto, consisting of two soy patties, pickles, lettuce, onions, special sauce, and homemade cheese on a toasted bun. Oh, and a side of fries. The first Doomies opened in Los Angeles and this second location, in Toronto’s trendy Parkdale on Queen Street West, is known across the city for their tasty vegan junk food. The Mac Daddy goes way beyond the burger it’s emulating (you know, the one from the golden arches). It also may be the only meal you need to eat that day. Grab extra napkins.

Banquet Burger at Fresh
Fresh, with four locations scattered throughout Toronto, creates four tasty variations in house of their high protein vegan almond and grain burger. Their latest masterpiece is the banquet burger that includes grilled tempeh bacon, fresh vegan cheese sauce, garlic mayo, dill pickle, sprouts, and tomato. They arrive on Fred’s Bread scrumptious whole-wheat bun, but if you want to skip it, as with any of their veggie burgers, just order this original burger on a bed of lettuce. Customize your burger with kale slaw, dragon fries, or a superfood salad.

Bacon Cheeseburger at The Hogtown Vegan
This popular hot spot in Bloordale Village satisfies cravings for vegans across the city. All their food is entirely plant-based despite menu items with names like “pulled pork”, “Philly cheesesteak”, and “beef”. Their famous “bacon cheeseburger” is no exception to the vegan rule and consists of a soy patty underneath Daiya cheese, tofu, pickles, onions, ketchup, and lettuce on a sesame seed bun – arrive hungry, expect large portions and fair prices.

Kimchi Burger at Live Organic Food Bar 
Live is known for serving up healthy food that is organic, gluten and refined sugar-free and delicious! Their Annex menu (they have another location in Liberty Village) has three distinctive burgers to choose from. Satisfied guests rave about their cooked Kimchi burger made with a lentil black rice patty, arugula, cucumbers, daikon, kimchi, shallots and topped with hemp chipotle mayo. It’s served on a gluten free bun and is also nut and soy free. Live is committed to serving fresh, local, whole food sourced from sustainable organic farmers without preservatives.

The Planta Burger
On the complete opposite end of the dining spectrum is Toronto’s high end Planta in Yorkville. This upscale, stylish, plant-based restaurant has an original veggie burger that comes fully loaded with a patty made out of black beans, lentils, mushrooms, and beets. Their burger is piled high with a cheesy queso sauce, mushroom bacon, pickles, ketchup, and spicy fries with a side of tomatillo for dipping. Planta promotes environmental sustainability by using quality ingredients from ethical suppliers, and Chef David Lee makes his meals without harming animals.

‘Chick-Un’ Burger at Grasshopper
There are two meat-free Grasshopper locations in Toronto, one on College Street and the other in the Junction. The Grasshopper believes in creating dishes that are inspired from Toronto and around the world. Their crispy vegan ‘chick-un’ burger comes with shredded vegan mozzarella cheese, lettuce, pickles, and caramelized onions on a whole-wheat bun; gluten-free buns are also available. This mouthwatering original patty comes with your choice of kale salad, soup, sesame fries, or kale chips.

Quinoa Burger at No Bull Burgers
Should you find yourself out and about with meat-eaters and they decide to dine at No Bull Burgers don’t fret, they have one veggie option for hungry herbivores. Their healthy white quinoa burger is organic and made in-house with fresh zucchini and carrots. Your toppings include lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles. They even use their no bull Quinoa Burger to advertise Meatless Mondays – quite a leap for a restaurant catering mainly to carnivores. Located on Kingston Road in the Beaches.

Veggie Burger at South Street Burger
You know times have changed when mainstream fast-food burger chains have a vegan option. With locations throughout Canada and twelve in Toronto alone (including Yonge and Eglinton), veggie burger lovers can satisfy their cravings on the go. Their burger is soy based, low in fat and high in fibre. You can build your burger with over 30 gourmet toppings such as tomatoes, cucumbers, Cajun onions, hot peppers, relish, lettuce, pickles, olives, tomato salsa and even guacamole.

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