The Best Vegan Burgers in Europe
November 01 2016
Sometimes, while travelling as a vegan, you just really want a burger. Fortunately, the trend for more and more vegan burgers around Europe is growing, so there are plenty of places offering them in bigger cities. Some are what you might expect of a burger joint, offering fast food, low prices, and a hipster or alternative atmosphere; while others are more upscale places which serve a range of meals, including some incredibly good vegan burgers. Here are my recommendations for the best vegan burgers to be had around Europe.
Flying Duck, Glasgow
The largest city in Scotland is also the most vegan-friendly, with loads of great vegan places to choose from; but for a burger fix, definitely head straight to Flying Duck. This subterranean pub has a unique vibe, with a random assortment of furniture, knickknacks, and weird art adorning the walls. Their burgers are small, but perfectly balanced between bun, patty, and salad. And, while the fries come in pretty small portions and are the thin, crispy kind, their homemade vegan coleslaw that accompanies all their burgers is delicious!
Astrid och Aporna, Copenhagen
By Danish standards, this place is a good place to come for a quick, cheap, and tasty vegan burger. They offer vegan, sliced cheese on top of any burger, and there are a handful of sauces you are free to help yourself to. The burgers are juicy and oh-so satisfying! The fries are a little disappointing, though, as they are baked rather than fried. Apparently, this is much healthier, but definitely less tasty. Come for the burger nonetheless, but also check out the other options for eating vegan in Copenhagen.
Dandy Diner, Berlin
With a super-bright and minimal interior – look closely for the pig motifs everywhere! – this place is a vegan hipster heaven. There are three burgers on offer, as well as sandwiches and wraps. Each one is worth trying, the Classic if you’re craving something simple, the Asian for something a bit spicey, and the Italian for a meaty fix. Importantly, the fries are on point and the sauces pretty unique.
The one vegan burger at Forkys is done right. With a nice, thick patty, veggies, really melty vegan cheese, and lots of sauce, it’s a messy eat, but so worth it. Served with a side of parsnip and potato fries, you can’t go wrong with this burger. There are loads more vegan places to eat in Brno that are worth your time, too.
Swing Kitchen, Vienna
This place has a nice range of burgers, wraps, and sandwiches (all vegan!), with generous portions and great fries. The buns are not too thick, but just satisfying enough; the fillings are well-balanced (the healthy salad to greasy sauce ratio is just right), and some of the patties are such convincing meat substitutes that you may well second guess if it’s in fact vegan! Check out some of the other vegan offerings in Vienna while you’re there.
The oldest vegan restaurant in the Catalan capital, Gopal serves up big, satisfying burgers that are all about the fillings and sauces. The buns are thin and light, making more room for the patty, salad, and vegan cheese in their burgers. It’s a great place to come for a quick bite to eat, especially if you want to take away, as seating is limited and it’s a pretty popular place. Barcelona is a very vegan-friendly city and has loads of other great vegan options to check out, too.
Have you ever tried any of these places? If so, what’d you think? If not, do you have any favorites? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!