Veggie burgers are a welcome change from their beef and chicken counterparts (especially in the lighter days of summer) and the city has no shortage of the delicious alternative.
Diner Deluxe Deluxe Veggie Burger
Diner Deluxe puts its own Greek spin on the veggie burger with a house-made chickpea fritter (falafel), topped with grilled vegetables, roasted red peppers, feta, red onion, hummus and tzatziki (yum!) on a toasted onion bun.
(804 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-276-5499, dinerdeluxe.com, @diner_deluxe)
Blue Star Diner BSD Veggie Burger
We can’t get enough of the vegan BSD veggie burger at Blue Star. It’s topped with red pepper mayo, avocado, Sylvan Star aged white cheddar and smoky fried potato sticks served on a vegan all-grain bun or sub out for a gluten-free bun.
(809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca, @bluestar_yyc)
The Coup Upstream Burger
The Upstream Burger at the Coup mixes up the traditional veggie patty with roasted garlic, yam, seeds, smoked tofu and cashews. It’s topped with fresh dill, red onion, garlic aioli and served on organic focaccia. We like it with the rosemary yam fries. (924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca, @thecoupcalgary)
1600 World Bier Haus Veggie Burger
These house-made patties are packed with healthy goodness like quinoa, black beans, chickpeas, almonds and sunflower seeds. The burger is topped with caramelized onions, roasted red pepper aioli and Gruyere cheese and served on a brioche-style bun.
(1600 90 Ave. S.W., 403-457-4287, 1600bierhaus.com)
Caf Koi Buddha Burger
The Buddha Burger is a veggie-lover’s dream. The hand crafted black bean patty is topped with caramelized onions, beets, spinach and pea shoots.
(1011 1 St. S.W., 403-206-1564, cafekoi.com, @koicalgary)
Boogie’s Burgers Shroom le-Gume
The Shroom le-Gume is a homemade black bean and veggie patty that stays true to the rest of Boogie’s oversized burgers. It’s topped with lemon garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato and onions and we love it with a side of spicy fries.
(908 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-230-7070, boogiesburgers.com, @boogieburger)
Local 522 Veggie Burger
We like this one because it’s a simple veggie burger, topped with a healthy serving of guacamole.
(522 6 Ave. S.W., 403-244-6773, localtavern.ca, @local522)