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The Best Vegan Burgers in Melbourne

Soothe your hangover with meat-free burgers filled with pulled jackfruit, mock southern-style fried 'chicken' and Beyond Meat patties.
By Marnie Vinall
February 26, 2020
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By Marnie Vinall
February 26, 2020
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THE BEST VEGAN BURGERS IN MELBOURNE

Soothe your hangover with meat-free burgers filled with pulled jackfruit, mock southern-style fried 'chicken' and Beyond Meat patties.

From hungover Sunday mornings to midweek lunch outings, burgers are a solid all-rounder when it comes to a tasty, hearty, hangover-healing meal. And the great thing about a city like Melbourne is that everyone is taken care of in this department — including the vegans. In fact, the city's vegan burger offering can be overwhelming with all the choices out there. To help, we've pulled together a list of the best meat-free burgs, so you can take the research out of the feasting. Make sure you head out hungry — there are mock chicken burgers, pulled jackfruit numbers and plant-based patties to sink your chompers into.

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    New York Minute

    When all you need is a simple yet tasty plant-based burger, head to New York Minute. Its Hudson Valley Vegan Burger offers up a fresh homemade vegan patty, plus all the burger classics: beetroot, cos lettuce, tomato, red onion and an authentic chilli jam to round it all off. All for just $13.50. Plus, there’s an option to have it gluten free if you’re so inclined. And the best part? You don’t have to travel far for this one either as wherever you are in the city, it’s likely one will be close by. Look for locations in Brunswick, Carlton, Deer Park, Hawthorn, Moonee Ponds, South Melbourne, Thornbury and Footscray.

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    Beyond Meat — the plant-based meat substitute that has the texture and mouthfeel of beef patty — has been a saving grace for many meat-lovers gone vegan. Burger Road has turned it up a fiery notch with its Beyond ‘Hot’ness Burger. Here, the Beyond Meat patty is paired with vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and vegan Sriracha mayo. You’ll be handing over $19.90 for this spicy bite at the Melbourne’s Fairfield, Plenty and Hawthorn locations (the Fitzroy shop has a different menu without this tasty treat but a range of other vegan delights).

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    The B.East of Brunswick St is the newly opened sister venue of the acclaimed Melbourne burger joint The B.East. The new spot in Fitzroy promises just as much grease, taste and good times as its sibling over in Brunswick East — including its vegan offering and, in particular, its Vegan Ad-Rock burger. This fine burg ($16.50) features a Moving Mountains patty, maple facon (that’s fake maple bacon and yes, we’re here for it), vegan cheddar, caramelised onions, pickles and lettuce, all topped with a healthy squeeze of American mustard and hickory barbecue sauce. So, basically everything you need if you’re hungover or a little hangry.

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    The first southern outpost of Sydney’s super-popular burger joint, Mary’s has its own next-level veggie-packed burger. To find it, walk down a CBD laneway and look for the red light. Once you’re in, order the Vegan Burger — the patty is made with eggplant, cauliflower, tofu, tempeh, mushrooms, onions and beetroot (so a good dousing of nutrients) and is sandwiched between lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan cheese and squirted with a vegan Mary’s sauce. Plus, you’ll be smashing down some golden potato, too, as all burgers are $17 and come with fries.

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    When it comes to American comfort food, Leonard’s House of Love in South Yarra knows what’s up. The 70s-style dive bar famous around town for its burgers and booze hasn’t forgotten about its vegan friends either — it has a scrumptious and soul-warming plant-based burger on its menu. For $16, you can sink your teeth into a meat-free patty with vegan cheese, pickles and lettuce and a dousing of vegan aioli and ketchup. Plus, if you’re so inclined, you can whack some vegan chilli fries with lentil chilli and garlic and mustard white sauce on the side, too, for $14 extra.

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    While a lot of places do good vegan cheeseburgers, not many replicate the humble chicken burger well. But, thankfully, that’s exactly what Green Burger in Collingwood delivers with its The Colonel burger. Between two halves of a potato bun sits a homemade, soy-based southern-style ‘chicken’ patty with just the right texture to make you check twice that it’s not actually a real bird. Along with this fake poultry, you’ll find lettuce, pickles and a homemade sour sauce. It’s a simple meal that’ll only take you a quick series of bites to finish it off — and for just $10.90, it would be rude not to.

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    This is not one for those with mild hunger. You’re going to need a keen and empty belly for the Better than a Big Mac burger, served up by Vegie Bar in Fitzroy. Between a sesame seed bun, you’ll find two beef-free patties, special sauce, iceberg lettuce, vegan cheese, pickles and onion. There’s also a slice of bun in the middle, between the patties, to give it three layers just like a traditional Big Mac. It  comes with golden potato fries on the side, too, so make sure you don’t leave until you’re full up to your eyeballs. Get your hands on this hefty meal for $19 a pop.

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    Burger Boys in the CBD has just what you need if you’re city bound, live a plant-based life and are in need of a little pick-me-up. The burger joint’s The Vegan Burger offers a soft and fluffy pumpkin bun filled with a plant-based patty and vegan cheese, along with all the classic burger favourites: sliced pickles, American mustard, ketchup, tomato, red onion, vegan mayo and lettuce. You can enjoy this hand-held meal for $18. For those in the know, there’s a secret menu with even more vegan burgs to be discovered.

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    Warning: this one’s messy. Hello Sam has just updated its vegan offering, and boy, are we happy about it. One new burger to join the venue’s lineup is the Sloppy Joe, which is as hearty of a dish as it sounds. For $17, you get to enjoy a vegan brioche bun filled with vegan beef, vegan cheese and chilli mince — to really give it some meat (so to say) — along with some lettuce for some freshness and some jalapeños and Sriracha mayo for a bit of a kick. Plus, the venue is now serving a range of vegan loaded fries, including a vegan HSP and chilli fries.

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    If you’re an old fan of pulled pork but are now a vegan and have given up the meat, Easy’s in Collingwood has just what you need. Its Jackson Pullock burg is filled with barbecued and shredded jackfruit, pickles and slaw made with vegan Louisiana remoulade mixed through it. It’s gloriously tangy and tremendously messy (just like it should be) so make sure to have a sufficient amount of napkins around when you dive into this beast. All yours for just $15.

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Top image: Mary’s by Kitti Gould

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