10 Impossible Burgers You Need to Try in Los Angeles
The Impossible burger is spreading rapidly to restaurants across the country. Here are ten places to enjoy the meat-like burger in LA.
Monty’s Good Burger
Koreatown & Riverside
Monty’s Good Burger is definitely a must-try for vegan burgers. While their burgers aren’t fancy with things like melted truffle gruyere cheese, crispy onion rings, or piles of bacon they focus on on creating the classic all-American burger made completely vegan. Their burgers come with caramelized onions, iceberg lettuce, pickles, their house sauce (which is akin to Thousand Island sauce) and one or two juicy Impossible patties. Pro Tip: always order a double! Besides burgers, they’ve got a few other great items, like fries and tater tots for sides. And what’s great about Monty’s is that the owners understand that there’s a need for more late night vegan food spots in LA, which is why Monty’s is open til 1am Thursday through Saturday, while staying open until 11pm every other day of the week.
“C’mon, I would never eat at Fatburger. That massive chain trying to hop on new trends to … Wait a second, they have an Impossible Burger for $10? Yeah, I’ll take two, please and thank you.” Okay, maybe that was a made up scenario, but if you listen hard enough, you can hear whispers in the wind of a similar conversation occurring right now. Besides being only $10, ordering an Impossible Burger from Fatburger is a great option for those in need of a quick and convenient vegan burger because there’s a location in almost every neighborhood of LA, most of their stores are open late, and you can order via Postmates. Just be sure to order yours without mayo or cheese.
Tony’s Darts Away
If you’re feeling something more extravagant than your typical lettuce, tomato, and Thousand island burger, look no further than Tony’s Darts Away. With vegan burgers like their “Bulls-Eye Burger,” which comes with vegan bacon, barbecue sauce, crispy fried onions, vegan provolone cheese, and not one, but two Impossible patties, this spot in the is great for those looking for a late-night local beer and vegan pub-type food, as they’re open until 2am every day of the week, except for Sunday.
Located a stone’s throw away from Beverly Center, this Thai-owned diner offers the comforting feel of home in a neighborhood dominated by luxury brand fanny packs and upscale eateries with overpriced french fries. Like many vegan Thai restaurants in LA, Vegan Glory offers a mix of traditional Thai food, along with a few American classics, one of which – you can probably guess – is the Impossible Burger. And they do it right: their burger features a juicy patty, nostalgic thousand island sauce, tomato, lettuce, and melted cheese. Stop by Vegan Glory when you need a rendezvous from Beverly Hills’ hypebeast culture and just want a cheeseburger.
Pop-up; Multiple Locations
If you can catch this family-run, plant-based Mexican pop-up at a food fest or street fair somewhere in SoCal, you’re in for a big treat. And I mean big, because they’re burritos and burgers are huge! Like most pop-ups, the menu at Chicana Mexicana often changes from event to event, but one of their most highly praised items is their quarter pounder Impossible Burger, which comes with sweet & tangy barbecue sauce, crispy onions rings, and the most realistic slice of vegan bacon you’ve ever tasted. This burger is smoky indulgence with the perfect amount of ridiculous that makes it unforgettable.
The Counter gives you the power of building your own burger using whatever bread, toppings, condiments, and add-ons you want. This means that you can order an Impossible Burger there and customize it however you want. It’s a great option for those that are picky and choosy with what they’re looking for in a burger.
Located in the center of Downtown lies Beelman’s, a pub with an old-school vibe and patio seating that specializes in local beer and plant-based fair. That’s right, a bar with a 100% plant-based menu, which includes not one, not two, but three different Impossible Burgers. Let’s dive into a burger break-down, shall we? First, their standard “Impossible Burger” comes as an Impossible patty, chipotle aioli, tomato, greens, spicy ketchup, and pickles on a brioche bun. Next, their “That’s A Tasty Burger!” includes an Impossible patty, plantains, shredded kale, Gochujang aioli, pineapple, slaw, and housemade pickled jalapeno on a pretzel bun. And lastly, Beelman’s “Quarry’s Double Decker” is two Impossible patties, Chao Cheese, crispy banana pepper rings, sriracha aioli, brioche bun.” Each of these comes with a side of fries or tots too. Overall, Beelman’s fair prices, central location, late hours (12 am Sunday & Monday, 2 am Tuesday-Saturday), and lots of drinks make it a perfect meet-up spot for a night out with friends.
Yarrow Cafe, located a couple blocks south of The Grove, may just win the most creative Impossible Burger in LA. The best part is that it’s not even complicated. Their spin on the Impossible Burger is topped with seared enoki mushrooms, fresh red onions, and a charred lemon romesco sauce—a bright tomato and red pepper based sauce. Enoki mushrooms on top of a burger? Sign me up! Be sure to pop in before 4pm though because that’s when their kitchen closes.
O’cado Restaurant & Wine Bar
We all have those days where we just wanna sip on some wine, but don’t want to be cooped up in the house all day. Thankfully, O’cado’s got us covered because their menu is focused on plant-based wine and food. Man, LA really is the coolest. Traditionally, a burger may seem like a better partner for beer than wine, but is any time really a bad time for a burger? Just kidding, that was a rhetorical question. Topped with vegan smoked provolone cheese, house-made aioli, vegan bacon, avocado, anda side of fries, I’d say that O’cado’s Impossible Burger sounds like a winner! Time to find a cute date to take out for some dinner & wine.
Crossroads is an OG pioneer when it comes to the Impossible Burger in Los Angeles; they were the first restaurant to feature the Impossible Burger back in 2016, marking the start of its craze and city-wide takeover. Since few people in LA had tasted the Impossible Burger before, Crossroads picked it up, and made it their own. Their take focuses on the patty by eliminating unnecessary bells and whistles—it features the classic preparation of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and “Crossroads Sauce,” which is similar to Thousand island.
Ryan is a cook, writer, and musician born and raised in Tampa, FL. With years of recipe testing for his Asian-American food blog, No Eggs or Ham, behind him, he strives to sharpen the image of vegan food by highlighting chefs who push the boundaries of plant-based cuisine. Unlike the advice your mom lent you, he encourages you to play with your food every chance you get!
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