Byron Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Goat’s Cheese Burger

Recently we headed to a branch of Byrons in the Strand area of London. They have two options for veggie burgers on the menu, so I opted for the “Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Goat’s Cheese Burger” served with “roasted red pepper, baby spinach, tomato, red onion and aioli” (taken from the menu). It’s a little disappointing that they don’t have a speciality veggie burger, or at least a few options. If they market themselves as a burger place, you might expect that they would provide alternatives. This is certainly the case in other burger joints that I’ve been to. read more

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Recipe: Kale and Tahini Bean Burger

Having tried out the Mexican veggie burger recipe of my own devising previously, I wanted to try something new. This time I put together some ingredients which I thought may be helpful, and which are our favourites from the cupboard in terms of taste. It was more a case of experimenting than having something particular in mind. I have been working on plans for possibly the best veggie burger of all time, but that will wait until later! At the moment I’m trying to perfect the technique as well as working on flavours. The recipe made six burgers, although they were very generously sized. If you wanted them to fit neatly into the average burger bun, you could most likely halve them and make twelve. read more

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The Big Easy – Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger

The Big Easy in Covent Garden has an interesting look right from the entrance. A long corridor leads you into a bar area, where you can wait to be seated with a couple of drinks. The whole building feels a bit like a maze, with more seats around corners and a downstairs area too. The spicy black bean veggie burger is one of just a few vegetarian options. This is perhaps to be expected at a barbecue restaurant however! It costs £10.90, and is described in the menu as follows: “Avocado, Pickle and Chipotle Sour Cream”, “with fresh potato fries and ‘slaw and house pickles”. read more

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Recipe: Mexican Veggie Burger with Coriander

After trying a couple of recipes recently, I decided to work on my own veggie burger recipe. Although the results weren’t perfect, I’m sharing the recipe and how it turned out here. I’ll also mention how I would change it in the future. If you decide to give it a try yourself or make any changes, let me know how it goes! I’d be interested to see if anyone could refine it a little and eliminate some of the issues that I experienced. read more

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Mildred’s Burger of the Day

Mildred's Burger of the Day

This was something really exciting for me, because I’ve never been to a full vegetarian restaurant before. Mildred‘s serves vegetarian and vegan choices, and is quite busy normally as you can’t book a table in advance. It’s a little cramped inside, but we managed to get a table to ourselves, and the food was absolutely worth it. We were told to try turning up a little later as that would reduce the wait, and we did not queue for long. Looking at the menu was ridiculous. This is the first time I’ve been able to choose anything I want from a whole menu! I could barely decide. But, since I knew it would be something I could talk about here, I eventually went for the burger of the day. As it was a special occasion, I also started out with tortelloni as an appetiser. read more

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Recipe: Mexican Veggie Burger

Mexican Burger from Delicious Magazine

I wanted to try a homemade Mexican veggie burger recipe, so I took a look around online and found my way to a post by Delicious. It looked good enough and seemed easy to make, so I decided to go for it. I did make a few tweaks to the recipe based on what I had in the cupboard and personal taste, so I will list my version of the recipe below. read more

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TGI Fridays – Veggie Sandwich

I’ve been to TGI Fridays a couple of times, although the last time was a while ago. I don’t know whether they have changed their menu recently, but I certainly remember having a much better meal the first time I went. Whether the food has changed, or whether it was the fault of the particular chefs, I’m not sure – but I expected a bit more from this burger, or “sandwich” as they call it, than I got. To start with, it was brought out first with the wrong fries, and out of a table of eight there were four mistakes when they brought the food out, with another plate arriving very late. Three out of eight is not a good start. read more

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Nandos Beanie Burger

Nandos Beanie Burger
When I go to Nandos, I always have the Portobello mushroom and halloumi option. Well, almost always. It’s actually been a while since I was there, and there are a few more vegetarian options available now, so I decided to try out the beanie burger and see what it was like. On this occasion I ordered it to come with two sides – chips and garlic bread. I also went for the medium sauce, although I would normally have the mushroom burger plain. Unfortunately, once the plate came, I began to wish that I had ordered the mushroom like normal: the burger is quite thin, without much substance to it at all. It is also soft and chewy with what I would almost describe as a stringy cheesy texture, though this is not so much carried over to the taste. With a bland flavour, it was up to the appearance of the burger itself to tell me exactly what was in it. Looking closely I could see sunflower seeds, sweetcorn, some kind of leaf, and not much else. The rest was just a brown, vague mush. The bread was easy to chew but with a hard crust – I actually quite like the Nandos bread, although I do sometimes find that the rough edges can be a bit sore on the inside of your mouth. Inside the bun you do however find a nice large lettuce leaf, as well as the medium sauce dressing. Even though it is rated only at medium, it is still spicy, and can overpower the taste of the rest of the meal. This is why I usually have mine plain, just so I can taste the flavours of what I actually ordered instead of only being able to taste the sauce. The bread in the burger bun is the same as the garlic bread, which is actually probably the nicest part of the meal. Any tougher and it would be hard to eat, so the consistency is good. It is not overpoweringly strong garlic, however, which is a great thing for those who do not like it too strong. Personally, I could probably go for a little more garlic on there. The chips are your average restaurant chips, fine to eat but certainly nothing special. All in all, though the meal was filling and the sides were tasty, I would say that I was disappointed with this burger. Next time, I’ll stick with what I know.

On the VegBurge scale, I give this…

Taste – 5/10

Price – 4/10

Rest of experience – 5/10

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Smith and Western – Rodeo Ranch

Smith and Western - Rodeo Ranch

A while ago I went to the Smith and Western in Tunbridge Wells and tried their Prairie Meat Free Burger, and recently I went there again to discover that their menu had changed. They now offer you the chance to swap the meat version of any of their burgers for a vegetarian one, which means a lot more options are now available to you. However, the price does not go down for any of the swaps, so in essence you still have to pay meat prices whether you’re eating it or not, which is frustrating. The prairie burger that I reviewed before is no longer available, however, the burgers do still come with coleslaw and a choice of normal fries, curly fries, or wedges as before. read more

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