When I say "vegan" you say "burger" – yeah really.
There’s a load of them about, and far from being a sad, limp replacement for your standard quarter-pounder, the offerings below are conquerors in their own right.
They’re stacked with mushrooms, packed with potato and covered in kimchi, and we can’t get enough. We defy you not to dribble.
Big Man Burger at DIRT
This vegan-friendly burger contains a DIRT no-chicken patty, tomatoes, pickles, shiitake mushroom and onions with mayo and ketchup. It has a delightful crunch and a wonderfully fresh taste. We recommend adding a slice of vegan cheese for Dhs7.
Dhs38. Open daily 11am-12.30am. Al Quoz (04 350 2012).
Crispy Grain Burger at Brunswick Eatery, Bar and Terrace
The new menu at Brunswick Eatery, Bar and Terrace is worth shouting about and the crispy grain burger has it all. Puy lentils, quinoa, mushroom, buckwheat, purple sauerkraut and garlic mayo (vegan, obvs) makes this a plant-based delight. Crispy grains never sounded so good.
Dhs75. Open Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Farmstead Burger at Bareburger
This burger joint is a great all-rounder if you’re in a mixed group of eaters. Its menu is packed with vegan, gluten-free and meaty options so everyone can have their fill (with juicy loaded burgers, no less). The Farmstead burger is comprised of a sweet potato and quinoa patty, hummus, romaine lettuce, alfalfa and tomatoes in a green wrap and is a low-fat option at just 400 calories. There’s also the Guadalupe burger, which is a black bean and rice patty with guacamole, pickled jalapeños, tomatoes and alfalfa in a multigrain bun.
Dhs42 (Farmstead), Dhs45 (Guadalupe). Various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall, www.bareburger.com.
Jivamukti Burger at Hippy Deli
The offering here is entirely plant-based, wholesome and nutritious, without the hassle of dissecting the entire menu for traces of dairy. It caters for every meal of the day, but we’re particular fans of the jivamukti (named after a type of yoga) burger, made up of a sweet potato, wild rice and black-eyed pea patty with tomato chutney, sautéed kale and caramelised onions in a wholewheat bun served with a side hippy salad.
Dhs58. Available on Deliveroo, www.deliveroo.ae.
Korean BBQ at Vurger
Vurger has not one but four Vegan burgers (and a “neatball” sub) at its plant-based kitchen, but we have our sights set firmly on the Korean BBQ. The chickpea patty is made with brown rice, sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, rolled oats and millet seeds, topped with avocado, vegan mayo and kimchi in a beetroot bun.
Dhs45. Available on Deliveroo, www.deliveroo.ae.
V-Dub Vege at BurgerFuel
This pumpkin, carrot, chickpea and ginger patty is topped with beetroot, salad and relish. Make sure you request the burger without aioli and cheddar for a 100 percent vegan feast you can get your chops around guilt-free.
Dhs34. Locations include The Walk, opposite JBR and Mall of the Emirates, www.burgerfuel.com.
Vegan Burger at Black Tap
Another place to get a cracking burger is Black Tap. The vegan offering consists of a black bean patty, pickled onions, salsa verde, coriander and vegan mayo. You can also make the falafel burger vegan by taking out the feta cheese, making it a falafel patty, tahini, pickled onions and hummus. Splendid.
Dhs95 (The Vegan Burger), Dhs84 (The Falafel Burger). Sat-Wed, 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri, 11am-12.30am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 422 9904); Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 339 9076).