While our Juicy Burger Cup is all about meaty burgers, we’re here at the Beijingers still have some love for the many vegan and vegetarian burger options to be found throughout the capital.
Here are a few of our favourites:
The Hutong Hipster & Country Roads – Side Street
Although Side Street does have a plant-based meat burger available on their menu (RMB 93), they’ve also got two other veggie burger options for those looking for something beyond a plant-based meat patty.
These are the Hutong Hipster (RMB 60), which sees a spicy spinach potato patty combined with onion, tomato, lettuce and spicy sour sauce on a vegan bun; and the Country Roads (RMB 68), featuring a spiced cottage cheese patty with onion, tomato, lettuce and two sauces: a house sauce and garlic mayo.
Side Street (Jiaodaokou branch)
113-02 Jiaodaokou Dongdaojie, Dongcheng District
Side Street (Jianguomen branch)
Bldg N28, 2/101-102, 17 Jianguomen Dajie (Behind NOLA), Chaoyang District
The Fava Bean Falafel Burger – Apollo
This newest entry to Beijing’s restaurant scene isn’t shy about attention to details in everything from their interior design to their food, and one excellent example of the latter is Apollo’s Fava Bean Falafel Burger (RMB 98).
This is a patty made from fava bean and quinoa falafel combined with smoked egg plant babaganoush, coriander, cucumber, minted yogurt, with an added kick from spicy harissa chili sauce; a ton of flavor under one bun.
Southwest corner, 1/F Pacific Century Place, 2 Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District
Doufu, Doufu and More Doufu – Slow Boat Brewery
Like Side Street and a great many other burger joints here in Beijing, Slow Boat also offers a plant-based burger — aka the Chairman Sue (RMB 68) — as well as a mean mushroom burger, the Grilled Vegan (RMB 48, available only at their Dengshikou location). They’ve also got a thing for doufu burgers, with three different varieties on offer.
First up is the Dongsi Doufu (RMB 50), a fried tofu patty mixed with chopped veggies and sauce. There’s also Mock The Morning (RMB 59) a variation on their Mourning The Morning burger, which has a fried tofu patty topped with an egg and avocado. Finally, and only available at Slow Boat’s Maizidian location, is the Love The Chou burger (RMB 55), which combines tofu with blue cheese, which will perhaps make you fall in love with flavors similar to those of 臭豆腐 choudòufu.
Slow Boat Brewery (Sanlitun branch)
6 Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District
Slow Boat Brewery (Dengshikou branch)
1/F North Bldg, One Plaza 104, 157 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District
Slow Boat Brewery (Maizidian branch)
78 Maizidian Street, Chaoyang District
Mushrooms & Beyond – WasPark
For something a little simpler than the aforementioned burgers, there’s WasPark. They keep things simple with a Beyond Meat burger (RMB 60) that’s not unlike their normal beef offerings. It’s just “meat”, cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce.
They’ve also got a Mushroom Egg Sandwich (RMB 42) – which consists of sautéed mushrooms with egg, tomato, and lettuce on a toasted bun.
21 Ya’er Hutong, Xicheng District
Ratatouille on a Burger – Panorama
Perhaps one of the more creative vegetarian burgers in the capital comes by way of French restaurant Panorama. Their Le Ratatouille (RMB 65, comes with fries) is a pretty much a patty made from the classic French dish of the same name, topped with tabasco mayonnaise sauce on top of mushrooms, cooked onions, and lettuce.
81 Sanlitun Courtyard No. 4, Chaoyang District
In Other Health Food News…
Plentiful Vegan Offerings from Butler & Whites
Online grocers and purveyors of a variety of make at home dining options Butler & Whites has just unveiled a whole slew of new vegan options. Check them out in the poster below (scan the QR code for ordering).
Shop Vegan Products, Stores on MicroMart
If you’re on the hunt for more vegan products and stores, Micromart has you covered with a ton of sellers, products and brands all under one roof, from Jooma yogurt to Butler & Whites as well. Find the Micromart mini-program on WeChat by searching “micromart”.
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Images: courtesy of the mentioned venues, the Beijingers, Drew Pittock