We've spent a lot of time in Austin, as of late, which means we've become well-versed in the local vegan fare, particularly the burger selection. Nothing makes us happier than a plant-based burger that hits all the right flavor notes and textures. So, we searched high and low and finally found the best vegan burger in Austin, Texas.
There were some worthy contenders, however. But there were also some disappointments. Vegan spots that we had heard such great things about that unfortunately, fell short. So here it is, our comprehensive list, for you to feast your eyes and possibly your stomachs on.
5. Counter Culture
We ordered The Beet Mushroom Walnut burger at Counter Culture, which is right off of East Caesar Chavez. First let me preface by saying this all vegan restaurant got rave reviews online. The ambiance is great, with outdoor seating and a boho-style setup. Yet, for us, the burger did disappoint. As far as flavor is concerned, we appreciated the richness of the mushrooms, the soft notes of walnut, and the meaty texture of the ground beets. However, the burger was a mess, and probably could've been called a Sloppy Joe instead. Also worth noting, the burger's accompanying side of raw pickled veggies did taste a bit like shampoo.
4. Hot Dang
We got a tip from our friend Sara about a delicious burger locally made, that can be found in most natural grocery stores in Austin. The company is called Hot Dang, which is basically what we exclaimed when we heard the news. So, we ended up at Wheatsville Co-op, and found a few different Hot Dang choices, which included a southwest-style, an Italian-style, and more. However, the only vegan option was the original. Texturally, the burger was nutty, grainy, and delightful. Flavor-wise, there was a bit left to be desired. While the burger tasted healthy, and without preservatives or additives, it was still missing something. Maybe we just needed to deck it out a bit more with some vegan cheese and veggies.
3. H12 Cafe Food Truck
This was a very unique burger in comparison to the rest. We stumbled upon H12 coming back from Pedernales and had to stop. The outdoor cafe/food truck is adorable with random mismatching furniture, string lights, and hanging succulent planters. We ordered the veggie burger with accompanying waffle fries, which were outstanding, by the way. The burger had an earthy-flavor which may have been attributed to the crimini mushrooms or the turmeric, which gave it a nice yellow hue. There wasn't any sauce, which did make the burger seem a bit dry, however the flavor stood out on its own. We both said we would go back for the waffle fries, as well as the free rain water that they collect on-site, which tastes snowfall.
2. Bouldin Creek Cafe
This has been one of our go-to stops for vegan food in Austin. It's such a different vibe, with delicious food and an eco-friendly mission. The Veggie Royale burger is outstanding. The sauce, which I chose from three options, was a savory BBQ, so creamy and delicious. The burger itself is meaty and thick, and holds together so well. Paired with the locally grown tomatoes, the jalapeños and vegan cheddar (extra) made this burger absolutely delectable.
1. Arlo's Food Truck
This vegan burger changed our lives. We're not joking. Everyone in Austin needs to try this. If ever there was one meat alternative to save the lives of cows as well as satisfy meat-eaters across the globe, this is it. Bold statement, but entirely accurate. We got the Bac'n Cheeze Burger and almost died at how delicious it was. The house made soy patty was cooked to the perfect crispness, and held all the right flavor inside. The cheese melted on top, plus the lettuce, tomato, pickle, and "mayo" made this burger taste damn near like the real thing. Make sure you get the tater tots, too. So much yum.
So there you have it! The best vegan burger in Austin. Who's hungry?!
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