In the olden days, burgers were buns, meat and cheese – which for vegetarians, is a pretty shitty situation. But over the past few decades, the world we live in has made a realisation: just because you’re a vegetarian doesn’t mean you can’t stuff your face with delicious and diet-breaking burgers.
This August, Wellington’s most famous food festival, Wellington on a Plate, is coming back – and we all know that the burgers on offer identify as some of the best in New Zealand, if not the world. For the past few years, lamb, beef and venison have took the crown on the best burger – but this year, veggie burgers are coming in hot and stirring the competition. Read on to see the top 10 vegetarian burgers you need to put on your hit list this WOAP.
(These are only in alphabetical order by the way, and until I’ve inhaled them all, I simply can’t put them into flavour order).
Cluck Off: Vegan jerk chicken patty with jerk sauce, lettuce, slaw, smoked pineapple and scotch bonnet mayo on a sesame seed bun, with kūmara crisps. Matched with Garage Project Hatsukoi – Neo Tokyo Lager.
Don’t Know Jack: Pulled jackfruit patty with beetroot hummus, spicy date and tamarind chutney, pea and coconut purée and red cabbage slaw in a beetroot bun, with hand cut agria wedges. Matched with Garage Project Hapi Daze – Pacific Pale Ale.
It’s Nacho Usual Burger: Double Seitan cream cheese stuffed patty, with nacho cheese sauce, corn-chip crumb, facon, iceberg lettuce, pickled red onion, chargrilled corn, jalapeño and tomato salsa in a soft corn bun, with corn chips and chilli cheese sauce. Matched with Garage Project Golden Path – Juicy Session Hazy IPA.
By The Burger of Babylon: Persian fried chicken or vegan Persian fried ‘chicken’ with whipped feta (or vegan whipped feta), beetroot slaw, zucchini pickles, pomegranate ketchup and saffron aioli in a black sesame bun, with Phoenician hand-cut fries and tahini-garlic whip. Matched with Garage Project Golden Path – Juicy Session Hazy IPA.
The Beet Goes On: Cameron Family Farms beetroot patty with artisan blue cheese, lettuce and tomato relish and walnut dressing in a house made bun, with oven fries. Matched with Garage Project Bliss – Backyard Lager.
The MacBurglar: Double beef patties (or two vegan mushroom and beetroot patties) with two slices of cheese, lettuce, pickles and sauce on a Zaida’s sesame bun, with potato shoestring fries and vegan lime aioli. Matched with Garage Project Kuro – Japanese inspired Black Lager.
Big Kahuna: Wood-roasted portobello mushroom with crumbed Camembert, charcoal roasted pineapple, Smokey bacon, lettuce, tomato, sweet and sour pickles, pineapple mayo and island barbeque sauce in a potato brioche bun, with seasoned curly fries. Matched with Garage Project Electric Dry Hop Acid Test – Sour Ale.
Nikau Big Veggie: Tofu marinated in a soy sauce and sesame oil with mushroom, garlic, dill and onion patty, pickled beetroot, carrot and coconut cream satay sauce in a house made sourdough brioche bun, with deep fried potato skins and kimchi aioli. Matched with Garage Project Bliss – Backyard Lager.
Vegan Confit Duck Burger: Vegan confit duck patty with crispy prosciutto, onions, pickles and plum sauce in a toasted bun, with kūmara fries. Matched with Garage Project Golden Path – Juicy Session Hazy IPA.
The Brisk Taker: Sticky barbeque seitan brisket with melted vegan cheese, pickles, carrot slaw and American mustard in a blueberry bun, with crispy potatoes and cheese sauce. Matched with Garage Project Golden Path – Juicy Session Hazy IPA.