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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The 7 Best Veggie Burgers in the Bay Area

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5. The Vegan Aggie from Ike's @ Lime: 2247 Market (at Sanchez), 553-6888.

Ike's Place gets in by default because of that g-d vegan dirty sauce. What is IN that stuff? Forget it, I don't want to know, I just want to eat it always! The Vegan Aggie is filled with the glorious dirty sauce, fresh veggies, vegan cheese, and a vegan Gardenburger. Heresy? Maybe, but condiments often make a burger, and I stand by this addition to the list.

Hands off, meat-mouths: Roam's Veggie Burger. - PATTY P./YELP
  • Patty P./Yelp
  • Hands off, meat-mouths: Roam's Veggie Burger.

6. The Roam Veggie Burger at Roam Artisan Burgers: 1785 Union (at Octavia), 440-7626.

First off, Roam's house-made veggie burgers are organic, gluten free, and vegan. Oh, and not only are they edible, they're off-the-chain delicious! I like eating here with omnis, because they order a meat burger and without exception end up making eyes at/trying to thieve my veggie one. Not cool, omnis! Roam's got sweet potato fries, zucchini-onion haystacks, and toppings like caramelized onions, avocado, and jalapeno relish. If you hate yourself and/or like vegetables, you can get the three minipatties served on a salad.

7. Avocado Onion Bacon Bits Mozzarella Burger at Source: 11 Division (at King), 864-9000 .

The patty is very reminiscent of the Plant Burger, but it holds its shape much better. This is probably because it's thinner, fried a bit longer, and has some sort of food addition that aids in patty-fication. Whatever is going on, it works. The best part might be the house-made pita bread it's served in. Holy Mother, it's good! I want to go full Oprah on the person who baked this bread and give them a house or a car**. It's just RIDICULOUS. The burger comes with a good portion of tasty fries, just make sure to ask for the dipping sauces, especially the sweet and tangy Caribbean banana ketchup and Gilroy sauce (for garlic lovers ONLY!).

**Unfortunately, I have two dollars to my name, so the best I can do is draw them a house and/or car in Photoshop. Which I'll have to learn to use first.

Honorary mentions: Curried Lentil Burger at Bistro SF Grill, house-made Veggie Burger at Herbivore, house-made Black Bean Burger (with waffle fries!) at Bender's. Better luck next year, little burgers.

Now, what are your favorite veggie burgers? I won't stop until I've had them ALL!

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus and tweets at @mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie at @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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