Where To Find Cardiff’s Best Veggie Burgers

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
Halloumi & Hummus Burger

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

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.

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.

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.

Mini goats cheese and beetroot burger with roasted tomatoes

Mini goats cheese and beetroot burger with roasted tomatoes

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)
Butternut Squash & Nutmeg Falafel Burger

Butternut Squash & Nutmeg Falafel Burger

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.

Bean Dreamin' Burger

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.

Homemade vegan burgers

Homemade vegan burgers – 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! 🙂

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  1. October 5, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    I love this post Jane, I’m always looking for a yummy veggie burger! The beetroot and goat’s cheese burger sounds amazing and I want to try the ones at Cosy Club too! Alice xx

  2. October 15, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    For value and homemade tastiness I’m surprised you missed Clancy’s in Cardiff market. Their burgers are delicious, cheap and a good range. As are all their other veggie treats (the dahl lunch is especially good).

    • October 15, 2014 / 8:33 pm

      Aha! I have had their Chimichangas but never the burgers – think they will have to be next on my hit-list 🙂 Am planning a foodie round-up of Cardiff Market specifically soon, and Clancy’s will definitely be in there!

  3. sistratton
    October 15, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Can recommend Clancy’s in Cardiff market for amazing veggie burgers.

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