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Best veggie burgers NYC: By Chloe, Wassail and more meat-free burgers

In a city that values custom hamburger blends and where restaurants can become famous for their signature creations, some of the city’s most sought-after burgers don’t have a trace of meat in them.

From trendy bars to the latest fast-casual joints, the veggie burger is having a meatless moment in NYC. Whether you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, or are just looking to eat less red meat, here’s where to go.

By Chloe

The most popular item at this perennially busy
Photo Credit: by CHLOE

The most popular item at this perennially busy vegan counter-service spot, from Food Network vet Chloe Coscarelli, is the guac burger ($9.95), made with a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty and topped with corn salsa, onion, tortilla strips, chipotle aioli and, of course, guacamole. For a second option, the classic burger ($8.95) features a tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut blend and is topped with beet ketchup, pickles and onion. Watch out for two more locations opening this year in Manhattan. 185 Bleecker St., 212-290-8000, bychefchloe.com

Cinnamon Snail

The beloved vegan food truck is back with
Photo Credit: Cinnamon Snail via Instagram

The beloved vegan food truck is back with a brick-and-mortar spot at the newest food hall in NYC, The Pennsy. Choose from two burgers (both $10.95), which use a seitan patty base: the Gouchujang, with sauteed kimchee, arugula, pickled red onions, black sesame gomasio and sriracha, and the Beastmode, with jalapeño mac 'n' cheese, arugula, smoked chili coconut bacon and chipotle mayo. 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, thepennsy.nyc

No. 7 Veggie

This vegetarian pop-up at the midtown food hall
Photo Credit: No. 7 Veggie via Facebook

This vegetarian pop-up at the midtown food hall Urbanspace Vanderbilt offers a menu that's primarily veggie burgers. The vegan patties are made from a mix of roasted broccoli, seitan and mushroom, and burgers range from the Basic Standard ($6, pickles, griddled onions and ketchup) to the Total Vegetarian Chaos and Destruction ($8, smashed avocado, cheese, pickled beets, griddled onions and steak sauce). One thing that's not vegetarian? The bacon-scallion relish add-on. 230 Park Ave., no7veggie.com

Superiority Burger

This tiny, vegetarian counter from former Del Posto
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

This tiny, vegetarian counter from former Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley does a few things, and does them well. One of those is its signature burger ($6), a bean-, nut- and grain-based patty topped with Muenster cheese, tomato and a dill pickle. A vegan version is available, too. 430 E. Ninth St., 212-256-1192, superiorityburger.com

Pickle Shack

The burger at this vegetarian sandwich shop, from
Photo Credit: Pickle Shack via Instagram

The burger at this vegetarian sandwich shop, from the folks behind Brooklyn Brine and Dogfish Head Brewery, is frequently heralded as the best of its ilk in the city. The House Made Shack Veggie Burger ($14) features a grilled vegetable and mushroom burger with aioli, ketchup and maple bourbon pickles (naturally) on a potato roll. 256 Fourth Ave., Park Slope, 347-763-2127, pickleshacknyc.com

Ellary’s Greens

This organic, health-focused cafe serves up a vegan
Photo Credit: Ellary’s Greens

This organic, health-focused cafe serves up a vegan burger that features a chickpea patty that's topped with escarole and roasted tomato jam and served on a house-made whole-grain English muffin ($10). 33 Carmine St., 212-920-5072, ellarysgreens.com

Clinton Hall

This craft beer hall has a whopping 20
Photo Credit: Paul Wagtouicz

This craft beer hall has a whopping 20 burgers on its newly updated menu, and didn't forget about non-meat eaters. Its Full Falafel burger ($11) features a crispy falafel topped with baba ganoush, hummus, Moroccan spiced yogurt, lettuce, tomato and onion, all on a pita bun. 90 Washington St., 212-363-6000, clintonhallny.com

Wassail

It's only natural that this vegetable-focused restaurant and
Photo Credit: Liz Barclay

It's only natural that this vegetable-focused restaurant and cider bar will offer a veggie burger. Available on its weekday happy hour (5-7 p.m.) and late lunch menu on the weekends (3-5 p.m.), its "burger" ($17) features a grain-mushroom patty that's served with provolone, cheddar and smoked onions. 162 Orchard St., 646-918-6835, wassailnyc.com

VBurger

This new vegan eatery, which shares space with
Photo Credit: VBurger

This new vegan eatery, which shares space with a Hummus & Pita Co., has five burgers on its menu, alongside fries, shakes and sandwiches. The most popular is the classic ($7.50), which uses a soy-based patty. Other options include the cauliflower-based Einstein Burger ($7.95) and the spicy black bean burger ($7.50). 815 Broadway, 212-533-8777, vburger.com

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