You Won’t Miss the Meat: Our 5 Favorite Veggie Burgers in O.C.

Graditude’s Magical burger. Photo by Priscilla Iezzi.

The Place: Freesoul­caffe, Tustin
The Burger: 
The savory Hatch gets its zip from house-made vegan jalapeno cheese, hatch chile relish, and sriracha aioli. Green salad on the side
Genius Element: Delectable, house-made, proprietary patty

The Place: Gratitude, Newport Beach
The Burger: The Magical—a black-bean patty on a tender, gluten-free bun—is the delicious sum of its parts: cashew macadamia cheddar, tomato, red onion, and chipotle ketchup. Side of fries
Genius Element: Crispy edge around the vegan patty

The Place: Active Culture, San Clemente
The Burger: The BBQ burger layers a house-made, vegan, lentil patty with avocado, carrots, onions, and mixed greens on a buttery sesame wheat bun. Side of tortilla chips
Genius Element: Savory, house‑made BBQ beet sauce

The Place: The Counter, Irvine and Newport Beach
The Burger: The Vegan Veggie patty is packed with black beans, brown rice, corn kernels, and mushrooms. There are 70-plus toppings available including our favorite, a fried egg.
Genius Element: Fully customizable

The Place: Seabirds Kitchen, Costa Mesa
The Burger: The vegan Beets Me Burger’s house-made shiitake, beet, and chia patty holds up under grilled red onion, arugula, dill pickles, and herb mayo. Side of fries
Genius Element: A gooey layer of almond butter

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