For vegetarians, a great vegetarian burger can be a tasty meal. For others who are health conscious, it is a great alternative to red meat. Vegetarian burgers are made of a variety of non-meat foods such as mushrooms, black beans or tofu. Add in some delicious sauces and crisp toppings and you have a delicious burger that won’t go against your vegetarian lifestyle or wreck your diet. Here are some places in Pittsburgh where you can enjoy well-made vegetarian burger.
Winghart’s Burger and Whiskey Bar
5 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
With locations downtown, in the South Side and Monroeville, Winghart’s Burger and Whiskey Bar is a convenient place to enjoy a great veggie burger. In addition to a menu of tastily topped traditional burgers, Winghart’s offers the beretta veggie. This burger is a portobello/falafel patty with red peppers, feta cheese, olives, arugula and a spinach artichoke spread. It has miles of Mediterranean flavor with very satisfying toppings.
300 McHolme Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Burgatory has locations in Robinson and Fox Chapel, plus a burger and shake stand at Consol Energy Center. It is a great place to go if you are looking for any sort of burger. Burgatory offers beef, chicken, crab and veggie burgers. The phat Pati’s veggie burger features a burger made from crimini mushrooms, cashews, lentils and cracked wheat mixed with some secret ingredients to create a yummy start to your sandwich. This burger is topped with smoked Gouda, arugula, tomato and guacamole. You can also create you own custom burger with the phat Pati veggie burger as the base combined with Burgatory’s very large list of toppings.
5997 Penn Circle S.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
With locations in Pittsburgh’s Eastside and Cranberry, BRGR has gourmet burgers and many other tasty dishes to offer. The Santa Fe hippie burger will satisfy your burger craving with southwest flair. Made with a black bean and roasted corn falafel patty, this burger is topped with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Cilantro-lime creme fraiche adds just the right amount of zest to make this burger a favorite among veggie lovers.
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Stack’d Burgers & Beer
728 Copeland St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Located in Shadyside, Stack’d is a casual, friendly place to enjoy a burger made just about any way you can imagine. Stack’d's burger menu is a checklist of a large variety of toppings so that you can build your own burger from the bottom up. You can start with the veggie burger and add your choice of bread, cheese and sauce. Top it off with the typical veggies or something a little out of the ordinary such as tater tots or onion rings. With more than 500,000 possible burger combinations, your options are endless.
OTB Bicycle Cafe
2518 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If your quest for a healthy lifestyle leads you to ride your bike, OTB Bicycle Cafe can help fuel your passion for biking and veggie burgers. This fun, bicycle-themed Southside hangout has something for everyone to enjoy. You can have any of OTB Bicycle Cafe’s signature burgers made with a veggie burger. The pedal Pittsburgher features sauteed spinach, sliced tomato and roasted red peppers. The burger is topped with fresh mozzarella and spicy Sriracha ranch dressing.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.