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Published July 30th 2017
The monumental Magic Mushroom burger (by Burger Project)
The burger is a favourite for carnivores but veggie and vegan burgers can easily replace the beef, chicken and pork patties with delicious, healthy, meat-free meals.
Start with these top 5 vegetarian burger restaurants in Melbourne.
As the inspired mix of ingredients in the perfect veggie burger hit your palate, you'll want to give your joy a name. At Huxtaburger, delicious has 2 names - Sondra and Denise.
After you've ordered chips with chipotle salt or panko crumbed onion rings, ask for Sondra - a colourful stack of kale, hummus, pickled red onion, beetroot, tomato and lettuce on a zucchini and quinoa patty.
If you want a bit of fire, ask for Vege Denise (there's also a Denise option masquerading as a beef burger on the menu). You'll get a spicy awakening with jalapeños, sriracha mayo, cheese, mustard, tomato sauce, tomato, lettuce and pickles on a bean & quinoa patty.
Both burgers are $12.90, Cool down with the ice cream burger, a crunchy vanilla ice cream patty coated in chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry, choc mint or choc orange sauce for $6.
There are also gluten free options, with a daily happy hour session from 4pm - 7pm with beer and wine at the bar.
All 5 Huxtaburger stores are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Skip Neil Perry's 5-star cuisine in the Qantas first-class kitchen, Rockpool Bar and Grill, and Spice Temple, enter burger nirvana with his Magic Mushroom, a premium veggie burger without any psychedelic after-effects.
The burger is piled high with crumbed confit mushroom, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & a secret sauce* * Warning - may result in out-of-body experience due to deliciousness overload (not from the addition of illegal substances).
Hate queues? Order online for $11.90 for click and collect.
A veggie burger with all the trimmings (bradley j / BY-SA 2.0)
Royal Stacks - CBD, Brunswick, Chadstone
Bill Shorten recently declared a referendum for an Australian republic he's elected as PM. He may become Australia's top monarchist once he enters the regal court of Royal Stacks for lunch, overwhelmed by the heavenly halo over the Queen Bee, a burger worthy of world leaders.
By royal assent, the veggie burger steals the crown with a handmade chickpea patty, tomato, butter lettuce, American cheddar, a special burger sauce and pickles.
Add a bit of Aussie to the menu with a side of Cheesymite fries or gems. Beer, wine and frozen custard will quench your thirst.
An American BBQ sounds like a nightmare for your heart but the Gem offers an alternative to a triple bypass with the Southern Fried eggplant burger.
The scorched grill marks on juicy slices of eggplant are topped with smoky mushroom, spicy ranch sauce, pickles and iceberg lettuce on a golden brioche bun.
Practice your American twang while picking at sides of Carolina slaw, green chilli grits or Smokin' Joe's pit beans.
The Gem is open for lunch Fri - Sun, and dinner Tue - Sun with a bar and happy hour specials.
Denise eats her veggie namesake, the Vege Denise Burger (by Huxtaburger)
B.East - Lygon St, Brunswick East
B.East by name, beast by nature. The seeded brioche buns cleverly conceal the chaos of a pair of veggie and vegan burgers.
For vegetarians, the Cheech doesn't contain any of the cannabis that made Cheech Marin a comedy star but it intoxicates with a crispy pumpkin & quinoa patty, sweet potato crisps, lettuce, jack cheddar & roasted carrot aioli.
For a bite-sized snack, nibble on the Vegi Slider, a roast mushroom & Parmesan croquette, with charred cauliflower relish & hazelnut crisps.
30 years after Morrissey helped make vegetarianism mainstream in the UK, vegans are A-listers at B.East, with a choice of the Morrissey of southern fried mock chicken, sweet corn relish, cos, tomato & jalapeño salsa and the Neil, with a smoky BBQ bean & red lentil patty, vegan cheddar, caramelised jalapenos, crispy sweet potato fries, cos, tomato & vegan chipotle aioli.
Taste the Canadian obsession of poutine, a veggie-friendly side of fries with gravy and cheese.
Settle in for a show with live gigs on weekends.
The B.East is open 7 days a week, from lunch till late.
Where do you go for a meat-free Monday and the best veggie burger in town? We'd love to hear your comments.