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Where to Find the Best Vegan Burgers in Joburg

The Fussy Vegan

The Fussy Vegan is a small eatery hiding out in a garage in Blairgowrie. They supply a few vegan items like biltong, ice cream, iced coffees and even shampoo. It is definitely worth sniffing out this small restaurant just for their pre-packaged BLT, with seitan bacon and vegan mayo. Their breakfast burrito is also worth a try, a toasted tortilla stuffed with avocado, bacon, tofu scramble and black rice. But the reason they’re on this list is for their delicious seitan rib burger. You’ll be hard pressed to find another rib burger, vegan or meat, that is as good as this one. This consists of a sesame seed bun topped with some fresh greens, slaw and seitan ribs smothered in barbecue sauce.

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Dukes Burgers

Dukes Burgers has an entire page of options of vegetarian burgers. They offer to make any of these vegan by removing the dairy and switching to an egg-free bun. Switching to an egg-free bun is free of charge, an added bonus for those of us who are sick of paying an extra R12 for soy milk. A favourite burger here is the Kung Fu Tofu; tofu, carrot, cashew and basil patty in a Thai peanut soy sauce, with carrots, pineapple, red cabbage and sesame seeds. This is the perfect sweet and sour combination.

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Hudsons The Burger Joint

Hudsons has three vegan burger options (well The Yogi is more of a sandwich, but it still counts). These are the Stomper, The Yogi and The Stack. Each one of these is delicious in their own right but we go there for The Stack. This consists of a lentil and chickpea patty topped with caramalised onions, violife feta cheese and creamy avocado. We are suckers for anything with green and creamy avocado.

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Craft Restaurant

If you find yourself in the Parkhurst area craving a burger, then you should stop at Craft. In fact, even if you are on the other side of Joburg, it is worth making the trip to this establishment. Why, you ask? Because this restaurant makes one of the most amazing vegan burgers this side of the world. We’re talking about a black bean and freekeh patty topped with avocado and edamame purée and a chickpea and coriander patty in a spicy vegan mayonnaise. This has got my mouth watering.

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Lexi’s Eatery

Lexi’s, based in Sandton and now Modderfontein, is a vegan restaurant with a few non-vegan choices. Which can be a nice change from regular restaurants, where you’ll be lucky to get three vegan options. At Lexi’s, you’ll certainly have many more options. One such option is the Activated Charcoal Burger. This consists of a sweet potato, chickpea and activated charcoal patty served with carrot hummus, purple sauerkraut, chipotle mayo, tomato and greens on a fresh burger bun.

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Special Mention: Beyond Meat Burger

This burger patty hit South African shores in 2018 and ever since, us vegans have all been going crazy trying to get our hands, or rather mouths, on them. What’s all the fuss about? Well Beyond Meat uses special technology to make fake meat that looks, tastes and feels like the real thing. If you haven’t tried this product yet, here are the places to get it:
Jackson’s Real Food Market – Both the Kyalami and Bryanston branches of Jackson’s offer this burger at their eateries.
The Fussy VeganThe Fussy Vegan offers patrons the choice of a Beyond Meat patty on four of their burgers instead of a regular patty.
Pink Piggy: This online store sells frozen Beyond Meat Burger patties for home-made burgers.
Asher’s Farm Sanctuary: This sanctuary in Pretoria East has a tea garden that offers the Beyond Meat Burger between 10am and 14pm on weekends.

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