Where to Find the Best Veggie Burgers in Boston

By Emily Millian
01/16/2023
Saus - Best Veggie Burgers in Boston
Saus | Credit: Chris McIntosh

Burgers are among the best comfort foods: Perfect for snacking, on-the-go lunches, and sit-down meals that require both hands, there’s a burger in Boston to check every box. But they don’t need to be beefy to satisfy a craving—and you don’t need to go veg to enjoy a plant-based burger. From meaty mushrooms and black beans to crispy quinoa, veggie burgers bring the flavor while going easier on the environment (and the calorie count). Check out these local spots for the best veggie burgers in Boston.

Walnut Grille

Walnut Grille | Best Veggie Burgers in Boston
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Steps away from the Newton Highlands T stop, the vegetarian and vegan oasis that is Walnut Grille awaits. The plant-based restaurant reflects seasonal flavors and local farms on its globally influenced menu. The house burger keeps it classic American, using beef-like Impossible meat for the well-seasoned patty and a sesame brioche bun from Iggy’s, topped with avocado, vegan Russian dressing, lettuce, and tomato. Walnut Grille is open daily for lunch and dinner with seasonal patio dining as well as takeout.

Roxy’s Best Veggie Burgers in Boston
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While Roxy’s claim to fame may be its grilled cheese sandwiches, the Veggie Burger should not be missed. A house-made lentil and mushroom patty is layered with lettuce, tomato, and onion, along with melted Muenster cheese and tangy Roxy’s sauce. A vegan version is available on request. Whether you’re near Allston or Central Square at A4cade, you can get your fill of this veggie burger as well as plenty of other vegetarian-friendly handhelds

Moonshine 152

Moonshine 152 Best Veggie Burgers in Boston
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At Moonshine 152, the award-winning veggie burger has just as much clout as the beef burger. Chef Asia’s Famous Vegetarian Mushroom Tofu Burger is made from wild mushrooms, herbs, and local silken tofu. It packs a punch of umami flavor and has a great texture. Topped with sharp cheddar, housemade aioli, and lettuce, tomato, and onions, the Southie staple offers a wide variety of toppings to add on and is served with house-cut shoestring fries. On request, this veggie burger can also be made to be vegan-friendly.

Saus vegetarian menu
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At Somerville’s Bow Market, Saus is the place for plant-based comfort food. With a fully vegetarian menu built around a burger’s BFF—the fry—the Saus Veggie Burger is just as dynamite. A house-made patty with a crispy exterior, it’s topped with cheddar, crunchy scallion slaw, dill pickles, tomato, and an infamous Secret Saus. The Somerville location is definitely the most veg-friendly spot, but the Faneuil Hall outpost serves the Saus Veggie Burger, too. 

Revolution Health Kitchen

Revolution Health Kitchen - Best Juice Bars in Boston
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Revolution Health Kitchen is a husband-and-wife-owned operation located near the Prudential Center—and a rainbow of fruits and veggies. The menu is filled with all-things-juice and smoothies, plus bowls, salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Instead of the usual bun, RHK serves up its veggie burger as a spinach wrap with cabbage, tomato, kale, pickled cabbage, aioli, and a choice of house sauce (think: barbecue, buffalo, cilantro lime, and maple mustard). All components are made from scratch by passionate people.

Highland Kitchen

Highland Kitchen burger in Boston

Since 2007, Highland Kitchen has been a tried and true neighborhood joint for the lucky folks of Somerville, always there for whatever one may need: A cozy corner booth on a chilly night, Monday-night crispy fried chicken, or a stiff drink that’s somehow still $12. HK has long been there for Boston-area vegetarians and any fan of a good black bean burger with its version, bound with quinoa and sweet potato. It gives us nacho vibes as it’s piled high with guacamole, pico de gallo, and jack cheese. 

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