Keeping meat on the down-low or curious to try meatless dishes around the metro? Well, how about sinking your teeth into a juicy hamburger — minus the meat?
Plant-based dishes have become more popular than ever in Manila, now that there are more vegetarian-friendly burgers being offered in restaurants. Be it just to taste and see if the faux burger really holds up on flavor, or you’re one who really is about the veggie-forward lifestyle, take your pick among these stores offering plant-based burger patties.
Don’t forget to inquire about their plant-based offerings before ordering, if you’re one who is on a strict vegan diet! Some components of the sandwich (like the mayonnaise, or the way the patty has been cooked) may not be suitable for vegans.
Ready to chomp around and see if this meatless burger fad will be your favorite? Check out these burgers that skip the beef and use plant-based patties instead!
The Beyond X Burger (P500)
(available at select branches)
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Sweet X is one of the first to introduce a plant-based burger using Beyond burger patties. The Beyond Ecstasy Burger made its debut last year, and this burger features an all-vegan Beyond Burger® patty that is soy-free and gluten-free. The burger restaurant guarantees this dish to be absolutely vegan-friendly — its cheese, sauce, buns, and patty are 100% vegan!
V Burger (P139/a la Carte, P219/Double Patty, P299/Triple Patty)
Yes, it’s true. Zark’s, which as been known for their next-level burger offerings (like the ones loaded with mac n’ cheese and bacon or the one using donuts as its burger buns), have also gone the plant-based route with their V Burger. It uses a Veega patty, a locally made plant-based product by San Miguel.
3. TGI Fridays
Plant-Based Burger (Starts at P809.60); variants include The Signature JD, Cheeseburger, BBQ or the Shiitake Truffle; all served with Potato Crisps on the side
(Plant-Based Burgers are avaiable for dine-in, take-out and delivery at select branches; also availabe via GrabFood and foodpanda)
Beyond Meat® is the star of TGIFridays’ Plant-Based Burgers. They use burger patties that contain soy protein, rice, mushroom and isolate. TGIFridays offers four variants of plant-based burgers in the restaurant (based on their regular burger menu). They currently offer a free Caesar Salad when you order any Plant-Based Burger via foodpanda!
The GOOOD Burger (P185) and The GOOOD GOOOD Burger (P185)
Yes, even pizza chains are getting into the plant-based craze! Shakey’s now offers two plant-based burgers using patties by unMeat — a vegan meat alternative brand by Century Pacific Food, Inc. The GOOOD Burger is meat-free and cheese-free, while the The GOOOD GOOOD Burger is simply a bunless, low-carb option served in a lettuce wrap. Included in these burgers are tomato, cucumber, white onion, pickles, and a vegan dressing.
5. Burger King
Plant-Based Whopper Jr. (P89), Plant-Based Whopper (P175)
Avialable at Metro Manila branches via Dine-in, Take-out, Drive-thru, and Delivery (#2-22-22/GrabFood/Foodpanda/Lalafood). Available by November 26 for provincial stores.
BK offers the most affordable plant-based burger among the lot, starting at only P89 for a Plant-Based Whopper Jr.! The burger uses a v2food burger patty made with soy proteins and is flame-grilled. Burger King first introduced their meatless burger in the US last year. Counting your macros? According to Burger King Philippines, their plant-based Whopper is at 286 calories per serving and has 19.9 grams of protein!
Beyond Meat Burger (P750)
Available for take-out/delivery (order online here)
Grand Hyatt Manila is one of the first to serve 100% plant-based burgers (and sausages!) in the country, introducing it last April 2019 in their signature restaurant. Order the Beyond Meat Burger at The Grand Kitchen: it features a Beyond burger patty, dairy-free cheese, pickles, red onion plant-based mayonnaise, and a dairy-free bun. If you’re looking for a full-on vegan burger experience, this hotel in BGC has it!