10 Essential Spots for Vegan Burgers in Chicago
Are you a fan of housemade or Impossible burgers? These Windy City restaurants have got you covered! Here are 10 spots to find vegan burgers in Chicago. (Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants!)
Kale My Name serves two incredible options, a house-made veggie burger (created by Chef Tina) and a Beyond burger, both loaded with cheddar cheese, kale, tomato, onion, pickles, and a drool-worthy awesome sauce. These babies come with a side order of perfectly seasoned fries! Try a slice of their cheesecake or scoop of ice cream for a sweet treat to finish off your meal. Pro tip: Make the most of the summer weather by dining on their patio!
The Big Max is a double-decker so good you might be tempted to order more than one. This massive burger comes loaded with two patties, melty cheese, and a special sauce that’s amazing! Herbivore’s menu boasts plant-based versions of your favorite meals, including the famous El Gordito (a play on Taco Bell’s gordita). All food is pre-order only, so check out their Instagram for menu updates.
Lakeview & Logan Square
Chicago Diner—one of the first all-vegetarian restaurants in Chicago—is known for its vegan-friendly options. Established in 1983, it offers plant-based eats such as the Titanic BLT Burger (veggie seitan patty with seitan bacon, french-fried onions, lettuce, tomato, and a chipotle sauce) or the Cajun Black Bean Burger (spicy black bean patty topped with sauteed onion, mushroom, spinach, tomato, fried jalapeño, vegan cheese, and mustard) that pair perfectly with their famous vegan milkshakes! Be sure to choose vegan cheese for your burger, as they offer both dairy and non-dairy options.
The Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger features Upton’s Naturals seitan bacon, house-made cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, and creamy ranch. This classic-turned-vegan is perfect with a side of creamy mac ‘n’ cheese and swirly soft serve for dessert. We’ll take two to go, please!
The Tofricken Royale is made with extra crispy tofu, spicy slaw, garlic mayo, and pickles on a vegan bun. Available in regular or Nashville hot, this crunchy sandwich is finger-licking good. Don’t forget to add a side of garlicky, lemony fries! Or opt for the Beet Burger, which can be made vegan upon request.
Hyde Park & Orland Park
Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat offers vegan versions of your favorite comfort food, including the ever-so-popular Big Mik—a burger piled high with two vegan patties, special sauce, pickles, and lettuce on a sesame seed bun. We suggest you add vegan cheese, as it takes this yummy fare to a whole new level!
This spot is a hidden gem in Winnetka that serves 100% plant-based eats. Drop in for the specials of the day, such as the Elephant Burger (a house-made lentil patty with smoked gouda, elephant sauce, lettuce, red onion, and tomato—gluten-free bun available by request). Finish off the meal with dessert—the key lime ginger cheesecake is divine.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty lunch or a tasty dinner, Handlebar is known for its vegan options. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the Handlesmash Burger and fries special is the star of the menu. Enjoy two house-made black bean patties layered with caramelized onions, lettuce, pickles, special sauce, and vegan Chao cheese on a brioche bun with a side of perfectly salted fries. If you can’t catch this special, the Nashville hot-fried chicken is available every day!
Native Foods Cafe offers numerous vegan options. VegOut favorites include the Jalapeño Burger (two burger patties covered in Follow Your Heart American cheese and stacked with pickled jalapeños, jalapeño-pimento cheese, crispy onions, lettuce, and green goddess dressing on a toasted pretzel bun) and the Chicken Ranch made with crispy plant-based chicken and served on a toasted hamburger bun.
Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine serves casual vegan dishes inspired by Southern cuisine. The Lentil Mushroom Burger, Fried Oyster Mushroom, Falafel Burger, and Jerk Chick’n Sandwich are all tasty options for a comforting meal. Still hungry? Accompany your burger with a side of creamy lentil soup, which comes served with warm house-made cornbread!
Mohini, a born and raised vegetarian from Chicago, initially went vegan when faced with a health issue, but stayed vegan for the animals. Whole food plant-based eating (inspired by traditional Indian culture) is her optimal diet. An advocate for mental health and lifestyle changes, she has a degree in Health Sciences from DePaul University.
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