Vegetarians get hankerings for burgers, too. Ours are just sated by a bushel of black beans and portobello mushrooms. Here are my three fave meatless burgers in the Duke City (in no particular order):
1. Moo-ve Over Meat Burger at Flying Star Cafe (several locations): This burger is a heavy hitter—in a good way. The spicy black bean patty is filling, which is sometimes difficult to find. The cheddar cheese, Cajun dressing, and perfectly toasted bun make this a full-bodied taste experience. I always top mine with chopped green chile. I am a New Mexican after all.
2. Portobello Stack at Five Star Burger (5901 Wyoming Blvd NE): This burger resembles a Jenga game with grilled portobello mushroom (of course), roasted red pepper, grilled onions, crispy green chile (yep, that’s nearly a whole green chile that’s been battered and fried), topped with gorgonzola cream piled on a ciabatta roll. They had me at “fried green chile,” but this is a delicious meal from first start to finish. Upon first bite, however, the building blocks do begin to fall apart, so your last bite may include licking the gorgonzola cream that’s running down your arm. Don’t be embarrassed. You wouldn’t want to miss that last taste! Five Star burger also serves a classic veggie burger; they even make their patties in house. However, I prefer the portobello stack to that option.
3. Veggie Burger at Holy Cow (700 Central SE): This burger is the light counterpart to Flying Star’s option. The roasted eggplant and chickpea patty is flavorful but not overly filling. The aioli sauce and brioche bun complete the taste profile. Although the sweet potato fries are enjoyable, opt for the parmesan zucchini fries with buttermilk ranch dressing instead. With perfectly light batter, they are a great way to eat your veggies. Put aside some stomach real estate for the chocolate milkshake, too.
Where have you eaten your favorite veggie burger?