For people looking to match the deliciousness of a hamburger, but are looking for a veggie alternative, there are plenty of restaurants in Los Angeles offering a variety of options to satisfy that craving. Whether made from vegetables, grains and/or legumes, veggie and even vegan burgers have grown from bland frozen patties to homemade recipes oozing deliciousness.

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Crossroads Impossible Burger
Crossroads Kitchen
8284 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-9245

Crossroads Chef and Owner Tal Ronnen drew inspiration for the Crossroads Impossible Burger from SoCal staple In-N-Out. This plant-based meat burger features lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, Crossroads housemade sauce, vegan cheese which is available upon request, all on a toasted bun and is served with truffle fries. The simple approach allows the flavors and texture of the Impossible Foods ‘meat’ patty to shine through without overcomplicating the overall experience.

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Tempeh Burger
10820 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 927-4100

SunCafe’s, the Studio City restaurant that combines a variety of raw and vegan cuisine, most popular sandwich/burger at is the Tempeh Burger. The vegan burger features a rich and savory marinated tempeh patty, topped with house-made chipotle cashew mayo, mixed greens, avocado and pickled radishes. Guests have the option of two bun choices: whole wheat or gluten-free rice flour; a lettuce wrap, or house buckwheat raw bun/cracker. 


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Housemade Vegan Burger
943 N Broadway #102
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 405-4012

Along with serving grass-fed beef burgers, Burgerlords came up with a recipe for a vegan burger that that tasted fresh and wasn’t meant to imitate meat. Their Housemade Vegan Burgers, which sell out every day at both their Chinatown and Highland Park locations, are made from scratch every day in house, from a custom blend of vegetables, nuts and spices. The burger is topped with vegan cheese and Thousand Island dressing from Follow Your Heart.

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Daddy Mac
701 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-2254

Opened in 2009, Locali is an innovative and healthy quick service restaurant brand based in Los Angeles that enables consumers to access a curated selection of organic and natural food products on the go. Their deli menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks and smoothies can be had at their Hollywood, Venice, Localita & The Badasserie in DTLA and new West Hollywood locations. Along with The Cadillac burger, The Daddy Mac is a vegan patty topped with Russian dressing, lettuce, tomato, onion and relish on a sprouted grain English muffin.

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Lucky Star Burger
Veggie Grill
8000 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 822-7575

A spin off of Veggie Grill’s original Beyond Burger, the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and tastes so much like fresh ground beef, is The Lucky Star Burger. It’s served on a pretzel bun, with smoked gouda ‘cheese,’ balsamic onions, blue cheese sauce, arugala, Sriracha ketchup and crispy fries.

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Real Food Burger
Real Food Daily
414 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 289-9910

Serving organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Real Food Daily offers their vegan, made from scratch burger dubbed the Real Food Burger. The burger, crafted by Chef Tara Punzone, can be ordered either on brioche, pretzel, or ciabatta bun, consists of a patty made from lentils and mushrooms, and topped with caramelized onions, arugula, house-pickled jalapeños and chipotle aioli. Guests can also get ‘the works’ which includes their house-made cashew cheese, avocado and tempeh bacon. 

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Nacho Burger
Flore Vegan
3818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 953-0611

Along with the Flore Burger and Broccoli Kale Burger, the stand out at this Silver Lake spot is the Nacho Burger, a house made black bean, veggie and brown rice combo. The burger includes blue corn chips, their nacho “cheese” sauce, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato. Guests can also add avocado or tempeh bacon.

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Beyond Burger
3939 Cross Creek Road D200
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0200

The Beyond Burger is a generously-sized, single patty, topped with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup and American cheese. A vegan option is also available without mayonnaise and cheese and served “Green Style” in a lettuce wrap. It is the second meatless burger on the menu, joining their VegeFi burger, the premier vegetarian option in the fast-casual burger space.

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Veggie Beet Burger
6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 857-5544

In Eureka!’s rustic industrial environment, the all-American restaurant specializing in gourmet burgers and craft beers. For those vegetarians and vegans out there, their Veggie Beet Burger features a housemade red beet and kidney bean patty, topped with pickles, tomato, red onion, arugula and lemon vinaigrette. In addition to the Veggie Beet Burger, guests are able to substitute the veggie patty in any of the signature burgers.

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The Nutburger Supreme
Follow Your Heart
21825 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 348-3240

The Follow Your Heart® Market & Restaurant began as a seven-seat vegetarian food bar in 1970 and has grown into a larger restaurant, market and food emporium. Their Nutburger Supreme features a nut and vegetable patty on a toasted whole wheat bun, lettuce, raw rennetless cheddar cheese, tomato, mushrooms, onion, a little sauerkraut, vegenaise and carrot shreds. This burger is vegetarian, but can also be served vegan, perfect for anyone looking for a meatless and delicious option.

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Big M@c 
Doomie’s Home Cookin’
1253 Vine St # 9
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 469-4897

Offering meat-free versions of fried chicken, mac & cheese, burgers and more, Doomie’s Home Cookin’ is located in the heart of Hollywood in a vegan friendly strip mall. Serving American classics like their secret menu vegan version of the Big M@c. It’s a gigantic take on the iconic original, featuring two patties, special sauce, lettuce, pickles, onion, and their housemade cheese.

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Impossible Burger
Umami Burger
525 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1300

Umami Burger’s Impossible Burger is made of two Impossible Burger patties, caramelized onion, American cheese, miso-mustard, house spread, dill pickles, lettuce and tomato is available at 14 locations throughout California. While the burger is 100% plant-based, the way Umami Burger serves the burger is not vegan. Vegans just need to ask them to modify the burger.

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Wild Mushroom Burger
BOA Steakhouse
101 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-4466

The sophisticated steakhouse with locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica features upmarket prime beef and seafood dishes amid stylish, sleek decor. On the menu is also a vegan section that includes a nidi bolognese, chickpea panelle and a vegan burger. The Wild Mushroom Burger is made with a Beyond Beef patty and topped with arugula aioli, truffle, wild mushrooms and served on a potato bun

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House Veggie Burger
12201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 439-9170

Quicksand as a quick and convenient location serves a range of sandwiches, burgers and salads to eat in or take out. Quicksand’s house made veggie burger consists mainly of portabello and crimini mushrooms, barley, potatoes, onions, garbanzo flour, herbs and spices. The burger is topped with Tilamook sharp Cheddar, fried onions, green leaf lettuce and an herb aioli and served on fresh Rockenwagner brioche bun.

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Jalapeño Burger
Sixth Street Tavern
630 W 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 614-1900

Sixth St Tavern is a gastropub in DTLA which offers modern American fare, 26 craft beer taps and a unique cocktail program. The menu features a variety of vegan friendly menu options, such as the Jalapeño Burger, which can be substituted with a housemade vegan patty, with sharp cheddar, sauteed jalapeños, tomato, crispy onions aioli.

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The New American Veggie Burger
8401 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 654-3993

Hugo’s offers a variety of options for special diets vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more at their three locations in West Hollywood, Studio City and Agoura Hills. Their New American Veggie Burger was created in 2007 and has been popular ever since. Made from organic sprouted mung beans, organic brown rice, assorted fresh veggies, mushrooms, seeds and seasonings, it is served with lettuce, tomato, Santa Fe vegenaise and choice of side. Guests can choose eight bread choices and a list of 22 veggie toppings like their house-made veggie bacon, aged cashew cheese and jalapeno picked vegetables.

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I AM Magical / CG Double Double
419 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 389-1850

Gratitude, Café Gratitude’s upscale sister restaurant opened in Beverly Hills in May of this year offering guests an elevated dining experience while sharing the same philosophies and much of the same ingredient-focused menus of Café Gratitude’s LA locations in Venice, Larchmont, and Arts District. They will be serving Executive Chef Dreux Ellis’ locally sourced ingredients and thoughtfully prepared dishes, inspired by the abundance of seasonal produce available at the farmers’ market along with a full beverage program by Jon Eiswerth. One of their signature items is their I AM Magical/CG Double Double burger. Made with two housemade black bean patties, the burger is topped with tomato, red onion, chipotle ketchup, cashew macadamia cheddar, gluten-free amaranth on a millet bun and served with heirloom potato fries.

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Southwestern Vegan Burger
Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337

Mohawk Bend is a restaurant in bar in trendy Echo Park bringing guests fresh, locally-sourced food (both vegan and non-vegan) and drink. Located in a retrofitted 100-year old Vaudeville theater, the restaurant features an open kitchen and 72 taps of craft beer along with six stainless steel wine taps. One of ther most popular veggie/vegan options is the Southwestern Vegan. On top of a housemade vegan patty, the burger includes arugula, avocado, tomato, crispy onions and jalapeno aioli served on potato bun.

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Fatfower Burgette
1100 S Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 493-4786

Opened by Dave Whitton in DTLA’s burgeoning South Park neighborhood, Prank is an open-air bar serving burgers, tacos and signature cocktails. Along with their full menu, one of their favorite vegan burger is the Fatfower Burgette. Made with organic cauliflower, the burger is topped with sriracha sweet chili sauce, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli, and served on a brioche bun. The burger is served with a medley of frites consisting of kennebec potatoes, sweet potatoes, house made ketchup and fresh parsley.

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The Gauc Burger
2520 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Situated in Silver Lake adjacent to 365 by Whole Foods, by CHLOE is a vegan fast casual concept offering vegan takes of comfort food classics including veggie burgers, salads, non-dairy ice cream, pastas, juices and more. Along with a full breakfast menu, pastries, salads sandwiches and more, a guest favorite since its opening in May 2016 has been their Guac Burger. The Guac Burger is a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, topped with corn salsa, onion, gauc, tortilla chips and chipotle aioli served in a whole grain bun.

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Veggie Burger
R+D Kitchen
1323 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 395-3314

Part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group, R+D Kitchen is a lively and bustling restaurant on Montana Ave. serving American fare and craft cocktails. A favorite with Santa Monica locals, the walk-in only spot is known for their crispy chicken sandwich but also serves a number of sandwiches, salads and full entrees at dinner service. Their Veggie Burger mixes lightly toasted brown rice, mushrooms, sautéed seasonal vegetables and almonds to create a juicy patty. The burger is topped with melted jack cheese and served on a soft sesame seed bun. 

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Alternative Burger
The Fat Dog
801 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 951-0030

Chef John Gladish invites guests to indulge in creative pub fare with tap beers and craft cocktails. The veggie burger option on the menu, is their Alternative Burger. Made from chickpeas, brown rice, carrot, soy sauce, onion, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, herbs, tahini, oat flour, salt and pepper, the patty comes on a bun with alfalfa sprouts, tomato, avocado, and a lemon herb aioli.

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Veggie Falafel Burger
Doma Kitchen
Marina Marketplace
4325 Glencoe Ave #8
Marina Del Rey CA, 90292
(310) 301-0582

Doma Kitchen offers an international-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on Eastern European and Central Asian techniques. All dishes are prepared from scratch with housemade spices using farmer market fresh, seasonal and quality ingredients. Created by Chef Kristina Miksyte, their Veggie Falafel Burger is made with a housemade falafel veggie patty topped with arugula, veggie ragu, garlic spread and served on a brioche bun.

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Field Roast Vegan Burger Patty
Black Dog Coffee
5657 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-1976

Home of the Caffe Cubano, Black Dog Coffee has been the Miracle Mile neighborhood coffee cafe for almost 20 years. Their Field Roast Vegan Burger is made from a hand formed Vegan patty, which contains no soy, and topped with spicy sriracha veganaise, vegan cheese slice, lettuce, tomato, pickle chips, avocado and thin cucumber slices for a little crunch. A customer favorite, the burger is served on a five-grain roll, onions can be added on request.

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‘Shroom Burger
Shake Shack
8520 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 488-3010

The burger stand with five locations across L.A. serves burgers, chicken, hot dogs, shakes, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. Veggie lovers can order the ‘Shroom Burger here, which starts with a portobello mushroom roasted low and slow that is crisp-fried and filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce™.


Vegetarian Market Burger
Farmers Boys
5519 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-0073

With 14 fast-casual style locations across the greater Los Angeles area, Farmer Boys is known for burgers, made-from-scratch breakfast all day, hand-chopped salads and specialty sandwiches. For a great burger, opt for the Vegetarian Market Burger. The veggie patty includes six different vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, squash, celery and spinach) and is topped with tomato, lettuce, dill pickles, sliced onions and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. Making the Market Burger 100% vegan is simple: just omit the thousand-island dressing.

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Beet Burger
Soul Hollywood
7046 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-7685

Combining traditional Southern cuisine with contemporary elements is what chef Gioulian Jones strives to provide his guests. Their Beet burger is a house-blended vegetarian burger with roasted wild forest mushrooms, served on a brioche bun with apple cabbage slaw and housemade rhubarb ketchup. Pair it with one of their 76 wines by the glass or a variety of southern cocktails and craft beers.

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Venice Beach Burger
Surfside Venice Bar + Grill
23 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 256-7894

This laid-back beachy sports bar serves up their Venice Beach Burger which was created by Surfside’s founding chef, Jesse Guiterrez. The housemade tempeh, lentil and walnut vegan patty is topped with heirloom tomato, bibb lettuce, vegan mayo and is served on a vegan bun.

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The Impossible Burger
The Counter
2901 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 399-8383

The Counter® offers a fresh, unconventional approach to creating the ultimate burger, offering over a million possible burger combinations with a choice from eight proteins, 11 distinct cheeses, 33 signature toppings, 20 unique sauces and 11 types of buns or fresh greens. Try their Impossible Burger as a burger or their Impossible Salad. Their signature Impossible Burger comes complete with herbed goat cheese, tomatoes, grilled red onions, mixed greens, spicy tomato jam, and Dijon balsamic on an English muffin.

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh.

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