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The Best Veggie Burgers in Raleigh

(The Triangle Trend) — It’s not exactly a secret that beef is slowly losing popularity thanks to the introduction of numerous turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and impossible burgers. The concept behind impossible burgers is that they’re supposed to be made with 100% vegan ingredients, while veggie burgers are a bit less strict, being mixed using 100% vegetarian ingredients. You’ll still find plenty of options at restaurants with vegan-friendly veggie burgers.

For anyone wanting to cut back on meat consumption, or simply try something new, veggie burgers are the perfect solution. Most are absolutely delicious, and some are even mind-blowing. While we can’t promise the burgers on this list can be classified as “healthy” options, chances are they’re at least a bit easier on your digestive system than their beef-based counterparts.

CowBar

411 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Located in Morgan St Food Hall, CowBar’s burgers and fries are incredibly tasty with quality at the center of all they make. Their staff is friendly and they have lots of great options, with a generous selection of vegetarian ones. They’ve even been said to have the best vegan burgers in Raleigh.

Wayback Burgers

6320 Capital Blvd, Unit 116, Raleigh, NC 27616

Wayback offers a wholesome Gardenburger®, made with natural vegetables and grains, for diners to customize however they like.

BurgerFi

3004 Wake Forest Rd, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27609

BurgerFi is known and loved for their hand-cut, made to order fries, award-winning quinoa-based VegeFi burger (their own gourmet spin on a veggie burger), chicken from Springer Mountain Farms, and more.

Burger 21

6196 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 116, Raleigh, NC 27609

With more than 21 burger varieties including chicken, turkey, seafood, veggie, and beef, a Burger 21 burger is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Free of hormones and antibiotics, their burgers are crafted to not only taste good but make you feel good. Their recipes include a vibrant fusion of flavors that are crazy crave-able.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

111 Seaboard Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604

9402 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27615

Bad Daddy’s Cantina Burger is a crispy or grilled black bean burger with white cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, green chiles, avocado, and chipotle ranch dressing.

Smashburger

6679 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 79A, Raleigh, NC 27615

“At Smashburger, great burgers are key. Our namesake technique—smashing a fresh, never frozen…hand-packed [patty] on a hot seasoned grill—results in a delicious burger that stands alone in taste, texture, and juiciness. Add butter-toasted artisan buns, real cheeses, freshly chopped produce, and robust sauces, and you’ve got a burger with no comparison!”

Back Yard Burgers

13250 Strickland Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616

Back Yard offers several delicious alternatives to their juicy 100% Black Angus beef burgers, like chicken, turkey, and veggie burgers—all prepared in the same way, on the flame grill. Ask them about their vegetarian alternatives the next time you go.

Parkside Restaurant

301 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The veggie burger at Parkside is black bean-based and has a neutral flavor that’s praised just like all their other burger options. Each and every one of their burgers and sandwiches can be made with a vegan patty, vegan chicken, and/or vegan cheese.

MoJoe’s Burger Joint

620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

Any of MoJoe’s signature burgers can be made using chicken turkey, a veggie burger, or a black bean patty. They also offer a California Bean Burger topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo served on a wheat bun. As well as a “Not a Burger” Veggie Burger, prepared with all your favorite toppings and served on a wheat bun. Even their Grilled Three Cheese & Tomato Sandwich prepared with Cheddar, Swiss, and American Cheese may be enough to satisfy your burger craving.

Five Guys

5501 Capital Blvd, Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27616

4120 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

Family owned and operated, Five Guys is one of the leading fast and casual burger restaurants in the world, offering a classic rendition of burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes, and more. Though not currently offering their veggie burger for curbside pickup, their veggie burger is loved by consumers and was a menu favorite pre-pandemic. You can also consider ordering their Veggie Sandwich, consisting of freshly grilled onions, mushrooms, and green peppers, layered with lettuce and tomatoes, on a soft toasted bun. Not a veggie burger, but arguably just as good.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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