1 Big Vegan at Amongst Few
So hip you can almost taste the hashtags when you cross the threshold, this offshoot of an on-trend clothing store has made a name for itself with vegan diners in Dubai. The Big Vegan is an animal product-free homage to the Big Mac. You’ll find a lentil patty, pickles, special sauce and a few crunchables inside the potato brioche bun.
Dhs55. Open daily 8am-11pm. Jumeirah, Dubai, www.amongstfew.com (04 330 8965).
2 Black bean at Brunswick Eatery, Bar and Terrace
The creators of this burger worked on the assumption that if you throw enough ingredients in a bun there is a high chance of pleasing somebody. You will find avocado, sprouts, cucumber, kale, pickled ginger in a sesame bun, making it an ideal pre-, post- or mid-shopping snack at this Mall of the Emirates pit stop.
Dhs65. Open Sun-Wed 4pm-2am; Thu-Sat noon-2am. Sheraton Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai www.brunswickebt.com (056 404 0685).
3 Golden State at Bareburger
Beyond Burger patties have made headlines around the planet for the way they simulate the looks, characteristics and dripping juiciness of a beef patty. It is hard to see a difference and when smothered in vegan cheese, caramelised onion and habanero mayo in a vrioche bun but it is blooming
Dhs47. Open daily noon-10pm. Various locations including La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai; Marina Mall, Marina Village, Abu Dhabi, www.bareburger.com.
4 Nature burger at More
The café chain has been pioneering healthy food in the emirates for many years and it has an extensive choice for the city’s plant-based diners too. This handful comes with a gluten-free patty, sprouts and sumac under a pile
of lettuce, tomato and pickles.
Dhs48. Open daily 8am-11pm. Various locations including Mercato Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai and Marina Village, Abu Dhabi, www.more-cafe.com.
5 Red Quinoa and White Bean burger at Café 302
Trust Abu Dhabi’s best café, home to an incredible array of vegan morsels, to serve a variety of burgers. Patty options include a chunky Portobello, black bean and red lentil and cauliflower burger. Tick all the hipster boxes, though, and seek out a red quinoa and white bean burger that comes with avocado, rocket, alfalfa sprouts and a signature sauce. The bun has a reddish tinge for extra Instagram appeal (and to make it look more like the real deal).
Dhs60. Open 6am-10.30pm. Café 302, Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street, Al Markaziya, www.rotana.com (02 610 6666).
6 V burger at Lads
Because sometimes you need a vegan foodie fix 24 hours a day The bun is made from dark wheat and oats giving it a rusty feel, and you’ll find homemade pickles and a special vegan sauce as well. One for all the plant-based lads, ladies and kids out there.
Dhs42. Open 24hrs. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, www.lads.ae (04 339 0200).
7 Vegan Burger at Black Tap
Sharing menu space with creations such as a truffle burger and a pizza burger this creation from the renowned New York burger chain feels decidedly sensible. The patty is made from black beans and a further flavour kick comes from a salsa verde, coriander and a dollop of vegan, obviously, mayo.
Dhs95. Open Sat-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Fri 11-midnight. Various locations incluing Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi and Jumeirah Al Nasseem, Dubai.