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Double black bean burger at Parts & Labor
Double black bean burger at Parts & Labor
Lauren Widor

10 Veggie Burgers So Good You Won't Miss the Meat

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Double black bean burger at Parts & Labor
| Lauren Widor

Grilled portobellos and pre-made frozen veggie patties just don't cut the mustard on menus any longer. House-made veggie burgers are not only preferred, but are expected from diners looking for a hearty meat alternative between their buns. Here now, some of the tastiest handcrafted meatless burgers in Chicagoland for your feasting pleasure.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Butcher & The Burger

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1021 W Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
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Turns out they are butchering more than just meat at Butcher & The Burger. The DYI vegan rice and lentil patty is a pretty simple yet delicious concept: choose your spices, bun, toppings, maybe add a little something extra, and boom. [Photo by Ben Bowen]

2. Victory's Banner Restaurant

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2100 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 665-0227
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While each of their house-made veggie burgers are great, the Southwest vegan burger is a standout. Created from wholesome grains and vegetables, the patty is topped with vegan cheddar, sautéed onions, tomatoes, vegan mayo and lettuce, and placed between a house-made bun.

3. Parts and Labor

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2700 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7840
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Any of their classic double burgers can be made with either a house-made black bean or vegan patty. Each is stacked with two patties, two slices of American cheese, onion, lettuce, pickles and mayo. Vegan? Sub in Vegan mozzarella cheese and vegan mayo. Add a side of curly fries topped with fried giardinara for the full experience. [Photo by Lauren Wldor]

4. Scratch Kitchen & Lounge

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7445 Madison St
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 689-8427
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Head to Forest Park for an authentic veggie burger prepared with four types of beans, fresh herbs and vegetables. Order as it comes with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a yogurt-dill sauce between a potato bun or build your own. But don't skip the fries, done seven ways. The ketchup and mustard are also made in house - how’s that for scratch cooking?

5. Cobra Lounge

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235 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-6300
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Rock and roll over to Cobra Lounge for one heck of a house-made vegan burger. Black beans, bell peppers and mushrooms make up the base, while a slice of avocado and a multigrain ciabatta bun finishes it off. Chow down then rock out to local underground music. [Photo courtesy of Cobra Lounge]

6. Chicago Diner

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3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-6696
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“Meat free since 83” is the restaurant's slogan, and this means they’ve had time to prefect their veggie burger - and they have. The Cajun black bean burger is features sautéed onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, fried jalapeño, vegan cheddar sauce and creole mustard loaded on top of a spicy black bean patty between a whole grain bun.

7. Grange Hall Burger Bar

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844 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 491-0844
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For a “farmhouse in the city” experience head to the West Loop for an array of scratch burgers, homemade pies, comfort sides and fresh churned ice cream. Wild rice based Victor’s veggie burger is a house favorite. If it’s nice out they will open the barn doors. [Photo: Jessica Green]

8. The Amazing Kale Burger

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741 Howard St
Evanston, IL 60202
(773) 992-8411
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Originally gaining traction in select retailers across Chicagoland, their new limited-service counter recently opened in time for Chicago’s version of spring. This veggie burger lives up to its name: crafted with local organic produce sourced from Montalbano farms, River Ranch and Majestic Nursery then topped with house-made pickles and vegan mayo on a homemade whole wheat bun. Hemp shoes optional when ordering. [Photo via Facebook]

9. The Standard Bar & Grill

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1332 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-8615
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One never knows what kind of a burger they are going to get at a bar and grill. Will it be frozen patties, you may ponder? Not here. Black beans, lentils, beets, brown rice and mushrooms make up the patty. Tomatoes, red pepper mayo, avocado and sprouts on a whole grain bun top it off.

10. Native Foods Café

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1484 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-8480
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Thinly sliced setian, melted vegan cheddar, caramelized onions, crispy “bacon”, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, veggies, battered pickle chips all on a whole wheat bun make up the Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger. Each of Native Foods’ six Chicago locations has this on their regular menu.

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1. Butcher & The Burger

1021 W Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Turns out they are butchering more than just meat at Butcher & The Burger. The DYI vegan rice and lentil patty is a pretty simple yet delicious concept: choose your spices, bun, toppings, maybe add a little something extra, and boom. [Photo by Ben Bowen]
1021 W Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Victory's Banner Restaurant

2100 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618
While each of their house-made veggie burgers are great, the Southwest vegan burger is a standout. Created from wholesome grains and vegetables, the patty is topped with vegan cheddar, sautéed onions, tomatoes, vegan mayo and lettuce, and placed between a house-made bun.
2100 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Parts and Labor

2700 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Any of their classic double burgers can be made with either a house-made black bean or vegan patty. Each is stacked with two patties, two slices of American cheese, onion, lettuce, pickles and mayo. Vegan? Sub in Vegan mozzarella cheese and vegan mayo. Add a side of curly fries topped with fried giardinara for the full experience. [Photo by Lauren Wldor]
2700 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Scratch Kitchen & Lounge

7445 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
Head to Forest Park for an authentic veggie burger prepared with four types of beans, fresh herbs and vegetables. Order as it comes with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a yogurt-dill sauce between a potato bun or build your own. But don't skip the fries, done seven ways. The ketchup and mustard are also made in house - how’s that for scratch cooking?
7445 Madison St
Forest Park, IL 60130

5. Cobra Lounge

235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
Rock and roll over to Cobra Lounge for one heck of a house-made vegan burger. Black beans, bell peppers and mushrooms make up the base, while a slice of avocado and a multigrain ciabatta bun finishes it off. Chow down then rock out to local underground music. [Photo courtesy of Cobra Lounge]
235 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
“Meat free since 83” is the restaurant's slogan, and this means they’ve had time to prefect their veggie burger - and they have. The Cajun black bean burger is features sautéed onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, fried jalapeño, vegan cheddar sauce and creole mustard loaded on top of a spicy black bean patty between a whole grain bun.
3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Grange Hall Burger Bar

844 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
For a “farmhouse in the city” experience head to the West Loop for an array of scratch burgers, homemade pies, comfort sides and fresh churned ice cream. Wild rice based Victor’s veggie burger is a house favorite. If it’s nice out they will open the barn doors. [Photo: Jessica Green]
844 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. The Amazing Kale Burger

741 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202
Originally gaining traction in select retailers across Chicagoland, their new limited-service counter recently opened in time for Chicago’s version of spring. This veggie burger lives up to its name: crafted with local organic produce sourced from Montalbano farms, River Ranch and Majestic Nursery then topped with house-made pickles and vegan mayo on a homemade whole wheat bun. Hemp shoes optional when ordering. [Photo via Facebook]
741 Howard St
Evanston, IL 60202

9. The Standard Bar & Grill

1332 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
One never knows what kind of a burger they are going to get at a bar and grill. Will it be frozen patties, you may ponder? Not here. Black beans, lentils, beets, brown rice and mushrooms make up the patty. Tomatoes, red pepper mayo, avocado and sprouts on a whole grain bun top it off.
1332 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Native Foods Café

1484 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Thinly sliced setian, melted vegan cheddar, caramelized onions, crispy “bacon”, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, veggies, battered pickle chips all on a whole wheat bun make up the Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger. Each of Native Foods’ six Chicago locations has this on their regular menu.
1484 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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