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7 great veggie burgers in Dubai

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New burger joints and restaurant concepts have been making their way to Dubai by the dozen in the past few years, offering gourmet versions of the popular fast food. The good news is that has created room on the menu for veggie lovers as well.

So I set myself the task of finding some of the best veggie burgers in Dubai. There were plenty of great options to choose from, but I managed to narrow it down to my seven favorites, in no particular order:

Vegan Veggie patty at The Counter
The Counter is a build-your-own-burger concept from California that has a relatively healthy Vegan Veggie patty made with brown rice, herbs, vegetables and dried cranberries, giving it just a touch of sweetness. The flavor of the patty is well complemented by either the Dijon Balsamic or Honey Dijon dressing, and while it might be tempting to get crazy with the toppings, I recommend keeping it simple. Don’t bother springing for the premium toppings; they just add unnecessary bulk to the burger.
Where: The Walk, JBR

Shroom Burger at Shake Shack
While a well-made veggie patty is quite delicious, Shake Shack’s Shroom Burger goes in a slightly different direction with a breaded Portobello mushroom, resulting in a hearty burger that both veggie lovers and meat lovers can appreciate. The mushroom is stuffed with gooey cheddar cheese, which makes quite a mess when you bite into it, but that’s an acceptable price for a delicious burger.
Where: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall, The Beach

The Veggie Burger at The Cheesecake Factory
The Veggie Burger at The Cheesecake Factory is a mammoth patty made with brown rice, faro and chopped vegetables, and is simply delicious! It comes stacked with tomato, onion and cheese, but you can always opt for the vegan option without cheese and mayo. I usually get the Skinnylicious version, which is much easier to finish in one sitting. When it comes to the best veggie burgers in town, this one definitely takes the cake… pun completely intended.
Where: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall

V-Dub Vege at Burger Fuel
There are three veggie options to choose from at Burger Fuel: Combustion Tofu, V-Twin Vege and V-Dub Vege. Of these, the V-Dub Vege is the only one worth talking about. The patty is made of pumpkin, chickpeas, carrots and ginger, and it all makes for quite a mouthful when combined with cheese, relish, beetroot and Burger Fuel’s signature aioli. If you want to go a slightly healthier route, there’s the Low Carbonator, where the bun gets swapped out for lettuce and tomatoes.
Where: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall

The Classic Veggie Burger at Gourmet Burger Kitchen
This is a hearty combination of kidney beans, chickpeas and spicy tomato paste! Unlike some other burger chains, Gourmet Burger Kitchen prepares its patties fresh daily, and fries them separately from the meats. If you like smoky flavours and a spicy kick, you can’t go wrong here.
Where: Marina Mall or DIFC

Quinoa Burger at Bertin Bistro
Bertin Bistro is a newly opened restaurant on Al Manara Street, and it didn’t take long for them to wow me with their Quinoa Burger. The patty, which combines quinoa and nuts, is oven-roasted rather than fried, and is perfectly spiced. When you bite into it, the crisp exterior gives way to a soft, melt-in-your-mouth centre. The flavours get an additional boost thanks to the caramelized onion and mushroom toppings. Overall, it’s a delicious and guilt-free treat that will keep you coming back for more.
Where: Al Manara Street (next to Jones the Grocer)

The Bean Royale at Burger King
I just had to mention my guilty pleasure. Before I gave up on late-night snacks, this used to be a regular indulgence for me. Burger King was probably one of the first burger joints in Dubai to have a veggie option on their menu, and it’ll always have a place on my list.
Where: Everywhere?

The Runner Up: If the organic quinoa slider at Omnia Blue had just been a little bigger, it would have definitely had a place on this list.  It’s delicious and worth a mention, but it’s just too small – I would suggest ordering three or four at a time per person!

As there is more of a push to transform burgers into more than just junk food, I’m sure there will be plenty more great burger joints popping up in the near future, and hopefully more options for the burger-loving veggie foodie.

Sumati Menda is the founder of VeggieBuzz.com, an online vegetarian portal for recipes, features and a “grassy perspective” on restaurant reviews. 

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