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18 Exceptional Veggie Burgers in Austin

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While meat lovers have tons of options in Austin (see: barbecue), vegetarians and vegans still have great alternatives around town. That extends into excellent burgers with patties made of soy, grains, vegetables, beans, and more that will make you forget everything is sans-meat.

In that stead, Eater gathered the best veggie and vegan burgers available in the city. The list runs the gamut from stellar offerings from Arlo’s, P. Terry’s fast food burger, Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s black bean and corn version, Mr. Natural’s Tex-Mex soy one, 24/7 options from 24 Diner, mushroom one from Kick Drum Burgers, and many more. This update includes meatless takes from Citizen Eatery, Beer Plant, Barlett’s, Plow Burger, and Alamo Drafthouse.

For more meatless options, check out Eater’s rundown of the best vegan and vegetarian spots in town. For more burgers, scope out Austin’s essential ones, the burger heatmap, and cheap ones.

If a favorite plant-based burger patty isn’t on the list, let Eater know through the tipline or down within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bartlett's

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The North Shoal Creek’s veggie burger features a house-made patty blended with brown rice, crimini mushrooms, and sweet soy sauce. It’s topped with jack cheese and an avocado-basil spread.

Billy's On Burnet

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The dedicated vegetarian menu at Billy’s includes epic offerings like the Veggie Hoss topped with cheeses and onion rings, and the El Jefe Vegetarian Burger with Frito pie.

The veggie burger from Billy’s on Burnet
The veggie burger from Billy’s on Burnet
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Citizen Eatery

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The meatless restaurant’s burger offers an array of vegan-friendly burgers, where the patties are blended with white beans, chickpeas, kale, herbs, spices, and the Citizen Eatery’s own grain mix. The smoked green chile patty is made with the spicy vegetable.

Citizen Eatery’s smoked hatch green chile burger
Citizen Eatery’s smoked hatch green chile burger
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Workhorse Bar

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Get the Buffalo veggie burger from the North Loop bar, where the black bean and mushroom patty is covered with wing sauce and blue cheese. Or opt for the sauce-less version.

The Buffalo veggie burger from Workhorse Bar
The Buffalo veggie burger from Workhorse Bar
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Mother's Cafe & Garden

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For vegans, the Bueno Burger at Mother’s is the way to go, made with bulgar wheat and seeds, topped with tofu and other vegetables. Vegan cheese can be added, too.

Mother’s Bueno burger
Mother’s Bueno burger
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The Beer Plant

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The Blacksmith burger at the vegan gastropub is made out of grains.

The Blacksmith burger from Beer Plant
The Blacksmith burger from Beer Plant
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Crown & Anchor Pub

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The campus dive bar’s veggie burger is packed with all the go-to toppings. For even more, add a second patty, too.

Crown & Anchor’s veggie burger
Crown & Anchor’s veggie burger
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Eastside Cafe

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The grain-filled vegetarian patty in Eastside Cafe’s Garden burger is made with lentils, brown rice, herbs, and Monterey jack cheese.

Eastside Cafe’s garden burger
Eastside Cafe’s garden burger
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24 Diner

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The all-hours diner offers two vegetarian choices with its veggie patty (lentils, beets, mushrooms, rice, and a bunch of seeds), one with goat cheese, and the other with spicy pepper relish. Or order any of the other burger options with a veggie patty and opt for no bacon.

Betsy’s veggie burger at 24 Diner
Betsy’s veggie burger at 24 Diner
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All the burgers at the vegan food truck are good to go, including the Bac’n Cheezeburger with seitan bacon and vegan mayonnaise.

Arlo’s burger
Arlo’s burger
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Kick Drum Burgers

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The roving burger trailer ups the veggie ante with cured tomatoes, herb aioli, and an entire roasted portabello mushroom.

Kick Drum Burger’s Moon burger
Kick Drum Burger’s Moon burger
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P. Terry's

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There’s even a fast food veggie burger option courtesy of Austin’s favorite local burger chain.

The veggie burger from P. Terry’s
The veggie burger from P. Terry’s
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Mr. Natural

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Soy patties make up the burgers at both locations of Tex-Mex vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Go big with the Texas burger, which throws in jack cheese, onions, barbecue sauce, veggie bacon, and the works.

Mr. Natural’s vegan burger
Mr. Natural’s vegan burger
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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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The vegan burger option at the movie theater chain is made with Beyond Meat’s patty, boosted with vegan ranch spread too.

Alamo Drafthouse’s avocado and pesto burger with Beyond Burger’s patty
Alamo Drafthouse’s avocado and pesto burger with Beyond Burger’s patty
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Counter Culture

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The burger at the vegan restaurant is mixed with beets, mushrooms, and walnuts, and comes with special cashew cheeze (not to be confused with cheese). Bonus: it's gluten-free, too. Look out for other burger specials made with falafels and more.

The hatch burger from Counter Culture
The hatch burger from Counter Culture
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

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The burger bar’s La Bandida is made with a black bean and corn patty and smothered with avocado, cilantro pesto, and chipotle mayonnaise. It's so good that it made a tipster "forget I'm not eating meat." Or opt for the Impossible Burger.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s La Bandida burger
Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s La Bandida burger
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Bouldin Creek Café

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The meatless restaurant dishes out a whole array of vegetarian-friendly fare, which includes the Veggie Royale, with a patty made with peanuts. Drench it with your choice of either barbecue sauce, chipotle-pecan pesto, or basil aioli, or go crazy and add them all.

The Veggie Royale burger from Bouldin Creek
The Veggie Royale burger from Bouldin Creek
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Plow Burger

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All of the vegan burger patties at the Buzz Mill-based trailer are made with Beyond Meat patties.

The Beyond Meat burger and sausage from Plow Burger
The Beyond Meat burger and sausage from Plow Burger
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Bartlett's

The North Shoal Creek’s veggie burger features a house-made patty blended with brown rice, crimini mushrooms, and sweet soy sauce. It’s topped with jack cheese and an avocado-basil spread.

Billy's On Burnet

The veggie burger from Billy’s on Burnet
The veggie burger from Billy’s on Burnet
Billy’s on Burnet/Facebook

The dedicated vegetarian menu at Billy’s includes epic offerings like the Veggie Hoss topped with cheeses and onion rings, and the El Jefe Vegetarian Burger with Frito pie.

The veggie burger from Billy’s on Burnet
The veggie burger from Billy’s on Burnet
Billy’s on Burnet/Facebook

Citizen Eatery

Citizen Eatery’s smoked hatch green chile burger
Citizen Eatery’s smoked hatch green chile burger
Shay H./Yelp

The meatless restaurant’s burger offers an array of vegan-friendly burgers, where the patties are blended with white beans, chickpeas, kale, herbs, spices, and the Citizen Eatery’s own grain mix. The smoked green chile patty is made with the spicy vegetable.

Citizen Eatery’s smoked hatch green chile burger
Citizen Eatery’s smoked hatch green chile burger
Shay H./Yelp

Workhorse Bar

The Buffalo veggie burger from Workhorse Bar
The Buffalo veggie burger from Workhorse Bar
Tina M./Yelp

Get the Buffalo veggie burger from the North Loop bar, where the black bean and mushroom patty is covered with wing sauce and blue cheese. Or opt for the sauce-less version.

The Buffalo veggie burger from Workhorse Bar
The Buffalo veggie burger from Workhorse Bar
Tina M./Yelp

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Mother’s Bueno burger
Mother’s Bueno burger
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For vegans, the Bueno Burger at Mother’s is the way to go, made with bulgar wheat and seeds, topped with tofu and other vegetables. Vegan cheese can be added, too.

Mother’s Bueno burger
Mother’s Bueno burger
Sara M./Yelp

The Beer Plant

The Blacksmith burger from Beer Plant
The Blacksmith burger from Beer Plant
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The Blacksmith burger at the vegan gastropub is made out of grains.

The Blacksmith burger from Beer Plant
The Blacksmith burger from Beer Plant
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Crown & Anchor Pub

Crown & Anchor’s veggie burger
Crown & Anchor’s veggie burger
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The campus dive bar’s veggie burger is packed with all the go-to toppings. For even more, add a second patty, too.

Crown & Anchor’s veggie burger
Crown & Anchor’s veggie burger
Manasa D./Yelp

Eastside Cafe

Eastside Cafe’s garden burger
Eastside Cafe’s garden burger
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The grain-filled vegetarian patty in Eastside Cafe’s Garden burger is made with lentils, brown rice, herbs, and Monterey jack cheese.

Eastside Cafe’s garden burger
Eastside Cafe’s garden burger
Eastside Cafe/Facebook

24 Diner

Betsy’s veggie burger at 24 Diner
Betsy’s veggie burger at 24 Diner
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The all-hours diner offers two vegetarian choices with its veggie patty (lentils, beets, mushrooms, rice, and a bunch of seeds), one with goat cheese, and the other with spicy pepper relish. Or order any of the other burger options with a veggie patty and opt for no bacon.

Betsy’s veggie burger at 24 Diner
Betsy’s veggie burger at 24 Diner
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Arlo's

Arlo’s burger
Arlo’s burger
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All the burgers at the vegan food truck are good to go, including the Bac’n Cheezeburger with seitan bacon and vegan mayonnaise.

Arlo’s burger
Arlo’s burger
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Kick Drum Burgers

Kick Drum Burger’s Moon burger
Kick Drum Burger’s Moon burger
Janet A./Yelp

The roving burger trailer ups the veggie ante with cured tomatoes, herb aioli, and an entire roasted portabello mushroom.