Sometimes all you really want is a delightful, humongous, sauce-oozing burger to satiate your food craving. But if you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian burgers in Singapore, chances are you think there aren’t many. Well, think again! There are plenty of vegetarian and even vegan burgers in Singapore to choose from.
*We first did a version of this post (concentrating only on vegetarian burgers) a year ago, and it was highly sought after, so we know that ya all love your burgers. So, here’s an updated post with the best ones around town. And we’re not talking about hamburgers minus the patty either (10 years ago, we probably would have been). We’re talking about real burgers folks, burgers with vegetable patties, soya patties, falafel and even halloumi and paneer (Indian cottage cheese). And then there are plenty of mushroom versions around – the Portobello burger especially seems to be rampant.
This time we specially went looking for delightful vegan burgers in Singapore too, and have included them in. So next time you need a veg-burger-fix, here’s a list of the 10 best vegetarian and vegan burgers in Singapore, and then some – these are listed in no particular order.
1. Hans Im Glück
Hans Im Glück is not just another burger joint. The burgers here are fresh, healthy and handcrafted – a far cry from the greasy, calorie rich burgers that a fast food joint would serve. For the herbivores, on offer are 7 vegetarian and 4 vegan burgers. The fairy-tale like ambience just makes the dining experience more fun.
Try the vegan Fabulhafter (S$17) – thick wheat patty coated with generous layers of avocado cream, orange-mustard sauce and herb salad – or the vegetarian Wolpertinger – a spicy patty of carrot and corn with avocado cream and aged cheddar cheese. You can opt to have the burgers in sourdough bun, multigrain bun or naked (without any bun). Also, on offer are veg sides like Beer Battered Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries or Krautknolle (S$6), a traditional German white cabbage salad with potato dressing. For a dining review and more info, check out Hans Im Glück: Hearty & Healthy Vegan & Vegetarian Burgers in a Fairy-Tale Ambience.
Vegetarian or not, chances are you’ve probably heard of VeganBurg. All their burgers are vegan (duh!). Made from soya beans and mushrooms, the patties here do not contain gluten, dairy or eggs. Their burgers definitely happen to be amongst the best vegan burgers in Singapore. The bestsellers include: Cracked Mayo (S$7.90) includes (egg and dairy-free) mayonnaise, GMO-free plant-protein patty, garden fresh lettuce, hand-sliced tomatoes, and artisan bun. The cracked Mayo is also onion and garlic free.
Avocado Beetroot (S$9.90) Avocado pate, beetroot, crispy GMO-free plant-protein patty, fresh lettuce, Aussie onion, creole tomato, and artisan bun.
Smoky BBQ (S$9.90) comes with a pan-grilled GMO-free plant-protein patty, smoky bbq sauce, garden-fresh lettuce, tomato, fresh onion rings, and wholemeal bun.
Also available are Tangy Tartar (S$9.90), Mustang Relish (S$7.90), Hawaiian Teriyaki (S$9.90), Char-Grilled Satay (S$9.90), Creamy Shrooms (S$8.90). For a detailed review, please check out VeganBurg, Singapore – Redefining Fast Food: Dining Review
Vegan Burg: 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502. P: +65 6844 6868
And then there is nomVnom – the vegan fast food joint. These guys serve all kinds of vegan burgers with patties ranging from soya to mushroom to potato and mixed vegetables. This is one place where you’re not going to be short on choice for vegan burgers in Sinagpore – nomVnom serves a whooping 22 vegan burgers.
In the mood for Japanese? The Otah Otah has a spicy seaweed soy patty and Japanese cucumbers, or choose the Umi Teriyaki where the seaweed soya patty is slathered with Japanese teriyaki sauce. Been craving Indian food? Go for the Dhall Fusion which has crunchy soy patty served with homemade dhall curry. Then, there’s the Kimchi Croquette for Korean food lovers and the Meatless Mexican for the Mexicano fans.
The nomVnom folks use homemade buns and all-natural ingredients like unbleached white flour, brown sugar, natural yeast, sea salt and filtered water. The burgers are too many to list here, so check out their menu here for more. Top picks: QQ Cheesy (with a mushroom stem patty and homemade cashew nut cheese) and Nom Nom (with a soya patty and tartar sauce). Yum yum!
nomVnom: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-44, Singapore 0591817. P: +65 6224 4996
4. Café Salivation
Café Salivation was the first Western Vegetarian Café to be opened in Little India, back in 2008. They have predominantly Western and Mediterranean cuisine, with subtle Indian influences thrown in.
They offer not one, not two, but 5 vegetarian/vegan burgers, priced at S$ 11-17 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.
Sweet Potato & Quinoa Burger with Blackberry Salsa has a sweet potato and quinoa patty topped with blackberry salsa and served between burger buns.
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, can be done vegan by excluding the cheese. Of these, 4 can be made without onion and garlic on request. This has to be one of the finest selection of vegetarian burgers in Singapore. Top pick – Chickpea & Brown Rice Burger. The Island Black Bean Burger is also quite good.
Café Salivation: 176 Race Course Road, Singapore 218607. P: +65 6298 1412
5. Loving Hut
Another one for the vegans. The international chain, 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(S$ 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 (S$ 14.90) comes with a grilled, juicy, marinated portobello with mixed herbs and olive oil in a wholemeal bun.
Tandoori Flame Burger (S$ 13.90) comes with a grilled vegan patty marinated with a complete balance of spices and flavor.
Loving Hut: 229 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427489. Tel: +65 6348 6318
Cedele offers 4 vegetarian burgers (S$8.50 each). Wait, it gets better! All 4 burgers can be made vegan upon request. There is usually a choice of breads available for the burgers, including egg-free and gluten-free options. So, if you’re vegan, ask for vegan-friendly bread.
Homemade Grilled Beetroot Patty & Avocado Burger with chili jam, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes.
Grilled Veggies & Sweet Plum Chutney with roasted red pepper, eggplant, mushroom, pumpkin and onion
Homemade Veggie Tofu Patty with tomato chilli chutney, lettuce and tomatoes
Grilled 3-Mushrooms Overload Burger with sautéed mushrooms, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and Bavarian wholegrain mustard.
7. Real Food
The Real Food people are known for their healthy, meat-free approach to food. They make their food from scratch and with only fresh ingredients. They have 5 outlets, the Orchard Central outlet especially is a unique space – a lifestyle restaurant with books, grocery, music and just 80 seats spread across 4000 sqft.
Real Food serves 4 tasty vegetarian burgers. The burgers are served with a choice of 2 sides.
Not all outlets serve all 4, so if you have your heart set on trying a particular one, you might want to call them before you head over. But do head over, because this is one of the best places for gourmet vegetarian burgers in town.
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.
Lentil Quinoa Coquette Burger contains a homemade patty made from roasted walnuts, mushrooms, quinoa, oregano and Himalayan lentils stacked with fresh greens, homemade tomato sauce and vegan mayo. Who says vegetarian burgers need to be boring?
Portobello Burger is vegan, with a battered Portobello mushroom seasoned with herbs and stacked with fresh greens and organic vegan mayo.
Barley and Mushroom Burger comes with a handmade patty made from organic barley, assorted mushrooms, onions and corn. The patty is stacked with melted cheddar cheese, fresh greens, tomatoes and grilled pineapple.
Real Food: They have 5 outlets in Singapore. See outlets here.
8. Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock isn’t exactly known to be the most vegetarian-friendly eatery, at least in Singapore. Among the handful of veg options though is the Quinoa Burger with a house-made patty of quinoa, red onion, portabellas, eggs, cheddar cheese, pecans, barley, soy sauce, and breadcrumbs, topped with hummus, arugula, tomato and grilled red onion. The burger is served with seasoned fries. I haven’t tried this myself but if their American vegetarian counterparts are anything to go by, I bet it’s good. I still can’t get over Hard Rock’s Cauliflower Burger that I had in San Francisco months ago. Yup, it was that good!
* Edited to add – Hard Rock Café has launched a Promotional Vegetarian Menu. Among other veg items is a Spinach, Potato and Chickpea Burger with a house made patty of red skin potato, spinach, chili peppers, cilantro, chickpeas and spices, topped with arugula, tomato, cucumber and a spiced yoghurt sauce served on a toasted brioche bun with french fries.
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.
9. Bergs Gourmet Burgers
Bergs Gourmet Burgers offers two uncommon, yet very interesting choices for the non-meat-eaters. Those looking for vegetarian burgers in Singapore, you will find them at Bergs too, which is a top-notch burger joint.
The Krakatoa (Berg S$15.5/Small S$12.5) 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 S$15.5/Small S$12.5) comes with a falafel patty, which is topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, lemon yoghurt & aioli.
Bergs Gourmet Burgers: 45 East Coast Road, Singapore 428765. P: +65 6348 8466
137 Amoy Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 049965. P: +65 6438 6505
10 Haji Lane, Singapore 189203. P: +65 6293 3424
The international chain might be all about chicken, but at least chickenland didn’t forget the vegetarians. Nando’s does a delicious Veggie Burger (S$ 10.90) for the herbivores. It has a crispy patty smothered in chilli jam and tangy yogurt sauce, served on a toasted Portuguese roll.
Nando’s has several outlets in Singapore. See them here.
We know these are not burgers per-se but since there are patties involved, we think they deserve a place here. More so with the introduction of the new Chatpata Chickpea. In fact, Chatpata Chickpea is a limited time burger – but we love it so we hope it stays. And the best part is that this is one of the most easily available vegan burgers in Singapore, since Subway is mostly just around the corner. We checked with Subway and the ingredients in the patty are primarily vegetables (including onion & garlic) and chick peas. The patty also contains wheat and does not contain dairy/eggs – so it should be suitable for most vegans.
Their other veg staple, the good ol’ Veggie Patty has ingredients like egg, soy, carrots, corn and red peppers. As we all know, the 3rd veg option on their menu is the simple Veggie Delite™ where you choose your own veggies, condiments and sauces.
Subway: Multiple locations at http://www.subway.com/en-sg/findastore
The Lone Choices
Still looking for more places to satisfy the vegetarian burger craving? These joints also have you covered. The restaurants below also serve noteworthy vegetarian burgers in Singapore, albeit, each eatery serves just the one.
Omakase Burger has the plant-eaters covered with their rotating Seasonal Vegetarian Burger. Wolf Burgers serves an interesting Tofu Miso Veggie Burger (miso marinated tofu with fresh avocado slices, apple cider vinegar crunchy slaw). And at The Rotisserie, you can get a Halloumi Burger (with Halloumi cheese, eggplant, tomato, beetroot and hummus).
At Potato Head Folks / Three Buns, you can get The Roots (S$17). It comes with seasonal vegetables, cheese fritter, coleslaw, lettuce, pickles, ‘Big Poppa Hot sauce’ & mayo in a wholemeal bun. And then there’s DOJO. These guys might specialize in pork burgers, but they do have something for the occasional vegetarian diner. Vega (S$8) contains a veg patty made from potato, carrots, champignon mushrooms and onions, and topped with a slaw. The burger contains egg though, so it isn’t suitable for vegans.
And for the times when you’re just walking around and hunger strikes, head to a Mc Donald’s nearby. Their Veggie Crunch Burger (S$3) contains a patty made with green peas, carrots, cooked rice, potato and red bell peppers.
There are also many eateries that serve one variation or the other of the mushroom burger. Seriously, the ‘shrooms seem to be everywhere. Two Blur Guys, Fat Boy’s, Burger Joint, PS.Café and (Working Title) Burger Bar all do their own version of the mushroom burger.
The Hand Burger (by The Soup Spoon Group) does a good variation of ‘Shrooms (grilled Portobello mushroom). It features not-everyday, fancy toppings like grilled peach wedges, mashed avocado, baby snow pea sprouts, baby spinach, mango chutney and basil pesto. Sauté serves 2 fungi burgers – the King Oyster Mushroom & Portobello Mushroom Burger.
So get ready to be spoilt for choice! And next time, someone tells you that vegetarians and burgers don’t go together, take them to one of these places.
Did we miss out your favourite vegetarian and vegan burgers in Singapore? Do let us know (by commenting on this article) and we will try to include it in our list.
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