Inspired by an article on “We Love DC” that explores the question “Are We Suffering from Burger Overload?“, I decided to ponder this question from a vegetarian point of view. It does seem that lately there has been an uptick of gourmet upscale burgers with fast-food service in the area. But, is it too much? That’s hard to say. Vegetarians have a unique perspective on this question because, more often than not, our choices are not extensive at these types of places. Some of these burger joints do a phenomenal job catering to us “meat free” people while others just give a quick nod. I dare say, though, that the options are improving and there are many meat-free choices for toppings and sauces which just add to the fun.
Here’s a quick run-down on the vegetarian options for some burger places. You’ll find these places in and around the DC area. If you’re sensitive to it, you’ll probably want to ask if they cook the burgers on the same griddle/grill as the meat products. I haven’t tried all these burgers but plan on doing so soon.
Finally, Ray is serving vegetarians. If you went to the original Ray’s Hell Burger, you were pretty much out of luck unless you were a meat eater. Then came Ray’s Too where vegetarians can now find 1/3 lb veggie burger. (If you’re in a place called “Ray’s” and you can’t find the vegetarian option, don’t fear. Go back outside and walk a few steps down and you’ll be at Ray’s Hell Burger Too.)
Got to love the name of their burger “Vegetarians Are People Too ‘Shroom Burger” described as organic portobello tops stuffed with muenster and cheddar, flash fried with pank crumbs, ruby tomato, onions, lettuce and pickle with Good Stuff Sauce.
Good to see this…The BGR Veggie Burger is described as a fresh house-made recipe including brown rice, black beans, oats and molasses. Served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun.
They have the choice of two different burgers. Veggie #1: Fire-roasted and #2: Tastes Like Veggies – which is labeled as vegan. (Bonus – they also have a grilled cheese sandwich on the menu.)
Portabello Mushroom is on the menu and you can choose from 22 meat-free toppings.
Hrm, Five Guys seems to be lacking on the veggie burger. However, they do have a “veggie dog” and “veggie sandwich” which they say, “consists of as many “veggie” toppings as you desire and served on our basic bun. You can add cheese if you please. Our bread is toasted, but usually on a separate grill from meat products. However, there is always a chance for cross contamination, so please check at the individual location where you are ordering to be certain.”
The Urban Burger Company uses a Boca Burger (says so right on their menu) so don’t expect anything of the home-made variety. They do suggest a couple topping combinations including, . “Frank’s Favorite” which includes garlic mushrooms, swiss cheese and two crispy onion rings and “So-Cal USA” which includes honey lime sauce, sliced avocado and provolone.
Also included in the write-up are a few chains that have not yet opened in DC. So, the information provided is from menus at other locations not in DC.
They include a ‘Shroom Burger which is described as a crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese topped with lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce.
Interestingly, they do not have a veggie burger, instead they have a veggie falafel which features medley of organic grains, vegetables and spices on an onion roll. (Bonus: They have fried pickles and jalapeno poppers.
Just opened in Arlington, Virginia. No menu is yet available on their website…I’m hoping to scope it out soon to see if they have a veggie burger option. But, I’ve heard there are sweet potato fries…yum.
Bonus listing: If you’re ever trapped at National Airport, stop by Fuddruckers in Terminal A for a veggie burger. It’s all the way at the end of the terminal, tucked around the corner towards the left at gate 27. You’ll miss it, unless you are looking for it.