* This article was originally written in Sep 2016 and was edited to include vegetarian burgers (Singapore) suggested by our readers. Please note that some of the details might have changed since then.
When Mc Donald’s launched its Veggie Crunch, a few months ago, there was a lot of furor surrounding the launch, with many a vegetarian happily posing for pictures (alongside the burger) on social media.
One of the reasons for the hype was that many people think that vegetarians and burgers don’t go together. Well, not entirely true, hence, this article.
Did you know that many burger joints around Singapore have a vegetarian-friendly option on their menu? And we’re not talking about, “Take the meat patty out and give me 2 leaves of lettuce, a slice of tomato and some mayo inside 2 buns” either. We’re talking about real burgers folks, burgers with vegetable patties, soya, falafel and even paneer (Indian cottage cheese). And then there are plenty of mushroom versions around – the Portobello burger especially seems to be rampant.
While Mc D’s is always around the corner for a quick fix, there are so many healthier and tastier options available. So next time you need a vegetarian-burger-fix, here’s a list of 20 eateries that you can head to (in no particular order).
These guys specialize in pork burgers, but they do have something for the occasional vegetarian diner who might wander in. Vega (SGD8) contains a meat-free patty made from potato, carrots, champignon mushrooms and onions. The burger contains egg though, so it isn’t suitable for vegans.
DOJO: 313@Somerset, #B3-43, Singapore 238895. P: +65 6835 7606
2. Two Blur Guys
Don’t go by their funny name. You’ll take these guys seriously when you know that they have TripAdvisor’s seal of approval (aka certificate of excellence). Definitely a force to reckon with in the (meaty) burger scene around town, Two Blur Guys have the Portobello Blurger (SGD 12.95) – grilled portobello, tomato and mozzarella cheese amid burger buns – for the herbivores.
Two Blur Guys: 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel #01-13, Singapore 078867. P: +65 6636 4183
3. Bongo Burgers
With outlets at Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park, Bongo Burgers offers the Grilled Vegetable Burger to vegetarians. The burger features tantalising king oyster mushroom, aubergine and zucchini, all generously drizzled with herbs and olive oil, and grilled to perfection and presented on a bed of tomatoes and lettuce, in a fluffy sesame seed bun. Available at both locations for SGD 16.90, the burger is complemented with steak house fries and yoghurt dip for a delightful combination.
Bongo Burgers @ Night Safari: 80 Mandai Lake Road, S 729826. P: +65 6365 8430
Bongo Burgers @ Jurong Bird Park: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925. P: +65 6661 7856
Sauté is a bistro that specialises in earth-based cuisines. Alongside other vegetarian and vegan dishes, they also serve a couple of burgers – the crispy sauteéd King Oyster Mushroom Burger served between healthy charcoal buns, and the grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger served in white buns. Both burgers are served with a side of fresh greens, fries and Sauté’s speciality vegan mayo.
It is also worth noting that the owners of Sauté are eco-conscious and strongly encourage reducing food wastage, and hence, support Project Takeaway.
Sauté: Bugis Cube #02-08, 470 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188735. P: +65 9007 5507
5. Café Salivation
Café Salivation was the first Western Vegetarian Café to be opened in Little India, back in 2008. Their cuisine is predominantly Western and Mediterranean, with subtle Indian influences thrown in.
They offer not one, not two, but 5 vegetarian/vegan burgers, priced at SGD 10-12 each.
Paneer Burger is a cottage cheese burger topped with grilled onions.
Vegetable Burger comes with a patty that is made with an assortment of fresh vegetables and topped with cheese.
Soya Burger contains soya granules, potato and spices combined and stacked between a burger bun.
Chickpea & Brown Rice Burger has a chickpea & brown rice patty topped with a dash of lemon zest.
Island Black Bean Burger has a fragrant patty made of black beans and black-eyed peas, topped with a sweet and tangy fruit salsa. Innovative for sure!
All burgers except the Paneer Burger are vegan (sans the cheese of course). Each can be made without onion and garlic on request.
Café Salivation: 176 Race Course Road, Singapore 218607. P: +65 6298 1412
6. Bergs Gourmet Burgers
Bergs offers two uncommon, yet very interesting choices for the non-meat-eaters.
The Krakatoa (Berg SGD15.5/Small SGD12.5) has a tofu patty topped with cucumber, lettuce, tomato, red onion, coriander pesto, spicy satay sauce & aioli. They had me at coriander pesto, yumm!
The Good Falla (Berg SGD15.5/Small SGD12.5) comes with a falafel patty, which is topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, lemon yoghurt & aioli.
Bergs Gourmet Burgers:
137 Amoy Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 049965. P: +65 6438 6505
45 East Coast Road, Singapore 428765. P: +65 6348 8466
10 Haji Lane, Singapore 189203. P: +65 6293 3424
7. Vegan Burg
Vegetarian or not, chances are you might have heard of Vegan Burg. All their burgers are vegan (duh!). Made from soya beans and mushrooms, the patties here do not contain gluten, dairy or eggs.
You can pick from Cracked Pepper Mayo (SGD7.90), Hawaiian Teriyaki (SGD9.90), Char-Grilled Satay (SGD9.90), Smoky BBQ (SGD9.90) and Creamy Shrooms (SGD8.90).
Vegan Burg: 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502. P: +65 6844 6868
8. Fat Boy’s The Burger Bar
A well known burger chain, with several outlets, Fat Boy’s serves Big Bello (SGD11.80) to their veg customers. The Big Bello might lack a patty but it comes with the works to make up for the lack of it – grilled portobello in balsamic vinegar, caramelised onions, grilled peppers, pineapple, melted monterey jack cheese and smoked chipotle sauce, on a whole meal bun.
You can check out http://www.fatboys.sg/ for locations.
9. Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock isn’t exactly the most vegetarian-friendly eatery. Among the handful of veg options though are two burgers.
Veggie Leggie – a grilled vegetable patty, topped with grilled portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash and roasted red pepper. Served on a toasted bun with mayo, leaf lettuce, sliced tomato and grilled sweet onions.
Mushroom & Swiss Burger – Smothered with sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese, this one is topped with crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion.
Hard Rock Café:
50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House,Singapore 249724. P: +65 6235 5232
26 Sentosa Gateway, The Forum #01-209 to 214 Sentosa Island Singapore 098138.
Although they have several outlets, Paragon is the only one that serves Chargrilled Portobello with wilted spinach, roasted capsicum, caramelised onions, basil mayo and melted swiss cheese, on a toasted sesame bun, served with shoestring fries.
PS.Café: Paragon S.C, 290 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore 238859. P: +65 9297 7008
And then there is nomVnom – the vegan fast food joint. These guys serve all kinds of vegan burgers with patties ranging from soya to mushroom to potato and mixed vegetables. Their buns are homemade and made of all-natural ingredients like unbleached white flour, brown sugar, natural yeast, sea salt and filtered water. The burgers are too many to list here – 17 on last count – but you can check out their menu here.
nomVnom: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-44, Singapore 0591817. P: +65 6224 4996
12. Potato Head Folks / Three Buns
Looking for a burger joint with a difference? Potato Head is your place, especially if art is your thing. Housed across four floors of a restored Art Deco building in Chinatown, it has a branch of Jakarta’s Three Buns burger shop, a rooftop to relax on as well as a laid back cocktail bar and audiophile listening room.
As far as their burgers go, they serve The Roots (SGD17) – Seasonal vegetables, cheese fritter, coleslaw, lettuce, pickles, ‘Big Poppa Hot sauce’ & mayo in a wholemeal bun – to the herbivores.
Potato Head Folk: 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143. P: +65 6327 1939
13. Omakase Burger (@Wisma Atria)
Omakase burgers are known to be amongst the best in Singapore. If you don’t eat meat, the Wisma outlet has you covered with the Seasonal Vegetarian Burger. They rotate their vegetarian burger for variety, so ask the counter staff for what’s available.
Omakase Burger: 435 Orchard Road, #01-02/03/37 to 41, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877.
P: +65 6737 3218
14. Real Food
The Real Food folks are known for their healthy approach to food. They make their food from
scratch and with only fresh ingredients. The Killiney outlet especially is a unique space – a lifestyle restaurant with books, grocery, music and just 80 seats spread across 4000 sqft.
Real Food’s Beet (Millet) Burger has a handmade patty made from beetroot, carrots, onions, millet and potato. Stacked atop are grilled onions, tomatoes, guacamole and fresh greens. The burger is served with organic potato wedges and vegan mayo.
http://www.realfoodgrocer.com/contact_us.html for outlets
15. (Working Title) Burger Bar
This burger bar serves their burgers in toasted brioche, with crispy fries on the side. Vegetarians can opt for the Magic Mushroom (SGD16) which has a large portobello topped with smashed avocado, caramelised onions, mild cheddar, fresh slaw and tomatoes with smoky barbeque sauce.
If you’re not too big on them ‘shrooms, they also have a Tofu Fighting (SGD 16) which contains a Fried thick tofu patty topped with smashed avocado, mild cheddar and fresh slaw with teriyaki sauce.
Working Title: 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745. P: +65 8248 2841
16. The Hand Burger (by The Soup Spoon Group)
On offer here is Shrooms, with grilled portobello mushroom, grilled peach wedges, cheddar cheese, mashed avocado, baby snow pea sprouts, mango chutney, basil pesto with baby spinach on a toasted wholewheat brioche bun.
The Handburger is available at The Soup Spoon Union at Changi City Point, Raffles City Shopping Centre and VivoCity.
Cedele offers different vegetarian burgers depending on the location. Below are 4 of their vegetarian burgers but you would have to check with the specific outlet for what they have on offer. There is usually a choice of breads available for the burgers.
Beetroot Avocado – Grilled homemade beetroot coriander patty, avocado, chili jam, lettuce, tomato and mayo.
Veggie Tofu Burger – Grilled homemade tofu patty, spicy tomato chilli chutney, mayo, lettuce and tomato.
Grilled Veggies Chutney – Grilled / roasted red pepper, eggplant, mushrooms, pumpkin & onion with sweet plum phutney (or roasted eggplant hummus).
Mushroom Overload – Grilled mushrooms patty, sautéed mushrooms, Bavarian wholegrain mustard, mayo, lettuce and tomato.
As mentioned, please check with the specific outlet to know exactly what kind of vegetarian burger they offer.
Nando’s Veggie Burger (SGD 12.50) has a crispy patty smothered in chilli jam and tangy yogurt sauce, served on a toasted Portuguese roll.
Nando’s has restaurants at 4 locations in Singapore, you can check here for locations – http://www.nandos.com.sg/nandos_sg/restaurants
19. Loving Hut
This one is for the vegans. In fact, Loving Hut serves all-vegan food, which is healthy and made from high quality ingredients. The 3 burgers on their menu are:
All-Star-Burger (SGD 14.90) has a soy patty marinated with black pepper sauce, layered with tomato and lettuce, and topped with non-dairy cheese.
Papa’s Portobello Burger (SGD 14.90) comes with a grilled, juicy, marinated portobello with mixed herbs and olive oil in a wholemeal bun.
Tandoori Flame Burger (SGD 13.90) has a grilled vegan patty that is marinated with a complete balance of spices and flavor.
Loving Hut: 229 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427489. Tel: +65 6348 6318
20. Mc Donald’s
The latest kid on the block is Veggie Crunch Burger (SGD3). The patty is made of green peas, carrots, cooked rice, potato and red bell peppers, topped with cucumber slices, shredded lettuce and Veggie Crunch sauce. The burger is meat and dairy free but contains egg.
Did we miss out your favourite vegetarian burger? Do let us know (by commenting on this article) and we will try to include it in our list.