As plant-based foods soar in popularity across the UK, it seems like vegan options are appearing on more restaurant menus every day. If there’s one menu item that usually satisfies everyone, it’s a burger, and luckily, plenty of high street chains have vegan versions of ’em.
If you’re planning a family meal out and want multiple options for different diets, or you’re simply looking for a nice big juicy vegan burger to satisfy a craving, we’ve put together a list of nine UK high street chains with the best plant-based burger options.
9 UK High Street Chains With Vegan Burgers You Have to Try
1. TGI Fridays
With more than 80 locations across the UK, TGI Fridays is a popular dining spot for many families. The chain has offered a veggie patty for some time, but it recently launched its new handcrafted Fridays Vegan Burger. Served with a plant-based bun, the mushroom-based burger even bleeds. “The burger answers the prayers of those on a vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian diet – or simply wanting to cut down on the meat – as it tastes every bit as juicy and flavoursome as the real thing,” the chain said in a statement.
2. Handmade Burger Co
At Handmade Burger Co you’re spoilt for choice. The chain has six vegan patty options, including Thai Vegetable, Sweet Potato & Bean, Veg-Mex, Cajun Vegetable & Bean, and Falafel. Even the Goat’s Cheese Veggie Stack can be made vegan by opting for a dairy-free cheddar style cheese.
3. Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Gourmet Burger Kitchen offers two vegan-friendly burger choices. The Californian consists of a homemade, pan-fried bean patty with smashed avocado and harissa mayo; the Jack-in-a-bun uses the newly popular ingredient jackfruit as a filling, with a homemade butternut squash and quinoa patty.
4. Ed’s Diner
Amongst its meat-heavy menu, Ed’s Diner offers two different vegan-friendly burgers. One is a traditional veggie patty with spicy cajun seasoning and the other includes the Moving Mountains vegan meat burger, served with vegan cheese and BBQ sauce.
Burger chain Byron offers three veggie options, “for one and all: the veggies, the vegans, or those simply having a meat-free day.” Only one of the meat-free patties is vegan, however, and that’s the Beetnick. Launched last year, the burger consists of a beetroot falafel patty with baby kale and smashed avocado.
Even fast-food giant McDonald’s offers vegan-friendly patties in its UK locations. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the chain or are looking for a motorway stop snack, McDonald’s offers a vegan-friendly Vegetable Deluxe. The updated version of the menu item features veggie goujons, red pesto sauce, and shredded lettuce. You can also get it in a wrap or Happy Meal form.
7. Frankie & Benny’s
Frankie & Benny’s just launched a brand new vegan menu, with items such as Chicken Parmigiana and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. The menu also includes a brand new vegan burger – the Viva La Vegan – with a plant-based meat patty. The chain also still offers its Vegan Beet burger, which, as the name suggests, consists of beetroot along with quinoa and soya.
8. All Bar One
Commonly associated with cocktails, All Bar One also offers an extensive food menu with plenty of vegan options. The chain even offers the Beyond Burger – a plant-based “bleeding” patty that looks, cooks, and tastes like beef – developed by Beyond Meat in the United States.
Yes, even chicken chain Nandos offers vegan-friendly options. Ask for the Sweet Potato & Butternut patty without mayo or substitute the halloumi for avocado in the Portobello Mushroom burger.