Lovers of vegetarian burgers vary from strict vegans to avid meat eaters. While the casual eater might view vegan restaurants and people as intimidating much like Scott in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” vegan establishments can make a tasty veggie burger. Conversely, some vegans can be frightened away by the smell of cooked animal flesh and won’t enter an establishment serving meat for fear of the origin of the meat and how close it is in proximity to their food. So here is a list that will appease vegans, meat eaters and everybody in between, ensuring that no one will be turned off from their meal before they even take the first bite.

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The Lost and Found Saloon

J185 N.W. 36 St.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-1008

The Lost and Found Saloon is what happens when a veggie burger goes Tex Mex. The vegetarian chipotle black bean burger on sourdough comes with coleslaw and is topped with onion, tomato and pickles. However the restaurant recommends adding cheese, avocado or a portobello mushroom to really bring out the flavor. It comes with no sauces so you can add ketchup or mustard or go with the in-house favorite, sour cream. It should be noted that this is not a vegetarian establishment, so if you can’t stand the smell of bacon wafting through the air, this might not be the place for you.

Choices Vegan Cafe

379 S.W. 15th Road
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 400-8895

Upon first walking into Choices Vegan Cafe, naturally, you’ll opt for the safest bet with the catchiest name on the menu. If that’s you, then you would choose the veganator burger, but what you don’t know is that this burger is not freshly made and it is outsourced. So the better option would be the simran burger. The patty is made from garbanzo beans, lentils and peas topped with sauteed onions, lettuce, tomato and Daiya cheese on an Ezekiel bun. Like the title of the restaurant, it’s completely vegan and best of all, it’s fresh so you know you’re getting an authentic vegan experience.

Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin

73 N.E. 67th St.
N. Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 405-6346

Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin makes every vegetarian best of list in Miami and it’s due in part to the chickpea burger curry patty. It’s made fresh out of chickpeas and tastes so good that you’ll forget its vegetarian. Hakin’s other offerings include the sunburger made with sunflower, the ancient quinoa burger and the wildburger made with tofu. The latter three burgers are not freshly prepared but they are made in house and taste just as good as the chickpea burger curry patty.

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Green Wave Cafe

5221 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33017
(954) 581-8377

This local hotspot has several dishes that delight, but the one that put it on the map is the cheeseburger. Sure the name sounds ordinary, but it’s like nothing you have ever experienced. The patty is made from sunflower, almonds and walnuts while the cheese is the unbelievable combination of cashews, red pepper, jalapeño and salt blended to form a creamy cheese. Everything is made in house, even the condiments like the mayo and ketchup, and it’s all vegan. Stop in today to increase your veggie vernacular and taste a burger that could fool even the most jaded cheeseburger connoisseur.

Green Bar Kitchen

1075 S.E. 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 533-7507

Opening earlier this year, the Green Bar Kitchen boasts a simple design with a hint of green grass adorning white walls, and its GBK burger is veggie burger you won’t soon forget. Made from brown rice, quinoa, chickpea, carrot, onion, parsley, sunflower seeds, garlic, tamari, smoked salt, pepper, EVO, thyme, rosemary and topped with chipotle mayo, this veggie burger has enough vegetables to meet your daily allowance in one sitting. It’s the definition of awesome and it has already created quite a following in its short introduction to South Florida. Stop in today to see what everyone is talking about.

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