Just because I don’t eat meat very often, doesn’t mean I don’t love a big, fat, juicy burger every now again just as much as the next person. Sadly, vegetarian options can often be a little uninspired, so to save you the risk of disappointment, I’ve shortlisted the best places to try a meat-free bun in Cardiff:
- Bills – Halloumi & Hummus Burger
Bills on Mill Lane is a chain restaurant, but it’s a good one; I love the cosy, casual feel and always have a good meal there. Their halloumi and hummus burger (£8.95) is a sloppy, tasty mess. Lots of hummus, crisp baby gem lettuce, sweet roasted peppers and of course, slabs of gooey char-grilled halloumi are all sandwiched in a sesame seeded bun and served with salty skinny fries. It will end up all over your face. You will not care.
- The Grazing Shed – Hell Fire Hippy Burger
If you’ve read my blog post about these guys, you’ll know I am not a fan of the unsubstantiated claims of eco-friendliness which they plastered all over the walls. That being said, the Hell Fire Hippy Burger at The Grazing Shed is a thing of beauty; a huge veggie patty, topped with jalepeno-infused sour cream, spicy Caribbean hot sauce and creamy avocado mash. The other yum-sounding veggie burger on the menu features a goats cheese fondue and cider apple chutney.
- Locke & Remedy – The Mushroom Burger
A deep fried portabello mushroom stuffed with mild blue cheese and smothered in more cheese. Need I say more? It’s incredible, and even has the die hard meat-eaters raving about it.
- Urban TapHouse – Veggie Burger of the Day (changes regularly)
This one’s a bit of a lucky dip, as the veggie burger on the menu at this trendy craft beer pub changes every day depending on what the chef has in the kitchen. Past recipes have included a Mushroom & Tarragon Burger (with herb butter), and a vegan Aubergine Stack Burger topped with salsa verde. Good shit.
- The Lansdowne – Goats Cheese & Beetroot Burger
I was lucky enough to be invited to a special blogger event at The Lansdowne, a lovely little pub in Canton, where they unveiled a new chef and a new menu that changes regularly with the seasons. Thanks to landlady Binky being a veggie, there are always a great selection of meat-free options here. Their beetroot and goats cheese burger topped with roasted baby tomatoes is heavenly.
- The Cosy Club – Butternut Squash & Nutmeg Falafel Burger (vegan)
My burger of choice at The Cosy Club is not only veggie, but vegan too. Part with £7.95 and you will get their butternut squash & nutmeg falafel burger, served with a mini side-salad and skinny skin-on fries. I like the addition of nutmeg as it makes this falafel burger taste a little more unusual, but make sure you add hummus and/or ketchup as it can otherwise be a bit dry. As you can see, I de-veganised mine and added halloumi, woops.
- Vodka Revolutions – Bean Dreamin’ Burger
Vodka Revolutions is not the first place I’d think of looking for a decent meal, but they’ve recently relaunched their menu and there are some real gems to be found. I tried the £8.95 ‘Bean Dreamin’ burger which comes with big chunks of beetroot, chunky houmous, crunchy pea shoots and a side of their signature big easy mayo – it was messy, but totally worth the napkins.
- And finally… at home! Vegan Chickpea and Sweetcorn Burgers
A few weeks ago, I came home to find my other half rustling up vegan burgers in the kitchen, based on this Jamie Oliver recipe. The results were big, squishy and really fresh tasting thanks to the lemon zest and coriander in the recipe. If you’ve fancied making veggie burgers for a while, I would recommend you give these super-easy ones a go. We served ours with salady bits and chipotle ketchup. Yum.
If you know somewhere else that deserves to be on this list, please leave me a comment or send me a tweet and let me know! 🙂