I’m vegan burger-obsessed as much as I’m a health nut. If there’s a burger on the menu, it’ll trump any organic carboardy bird food I’d usually go for. Burgers are the bomb! They’re cheap, filling, somewhat of a blank canvas for anyone’s imagination to go free, but (almost) always delicious whatever level of fanciness they’ve been dressed up or down into. And to say Berlin has its vegan burger game down pat is quite the understatement. Every burger joints ha a vegan option. Scratch that. Every restaurant has a burger option has a vegan burger option. Berlin has more burger spots than native Berliners and my ambition to document every single vegan burger option in the city was quickly shut down by the pace at which places open and close. So, as the Berlin vegan burger scene ebbs and flows as a goddamn annoying breathing thing (come back, Dandy Diner!), this guide is getting updated with latest discoveries and classics not to be missed.
I’ll be honest here, Ryong is sort of my favourite spot for a Tinder date. Amazing food that’s just the right amount of sophisticated and sloppy, great sexy decor, affordable prices, Ryong really has all the right ingredients for the night to progress from Korean burgers and Tiger beer to other, ahem, ventures. Back to the burgers though, these are some of the best I’ve had in some time. Deep fried tempura Bao buns, juicy peanut sauce, edamame. YES.
A newer joint in Prenzlauer Berg, Lia’s Kitchen has a cozy intimate vibe with great service and the burgers are simple yet bursting with flavorful ingredients. Try the Smokey BBQ Mushroom Burger or the Chicken Cheeseburger with their homemade vegan feta cheese (also found on their incredible Caesar salad). They also have chilli aioli for the fries that’s real yummy. Unpretentious and delicious food, all of it vegan. Yay!
L’Herbivore is a super unique concept because it is, in fact, an all-vegan butcher shop with a bistro serving their products attached to it. All their patties are made of seitan and they have a broad selection of toppings for their super affordable burgers that can all be had as a standalone, in a “cheesy” or “crispy smokey” version, or as a full plate accompanied with a salad. The Preisel-Burger with jam was my absolute favourite, an exciting mix of sweet and salty with a meaty patty. Make sure you grab something from the butcher shop to take home!
Attila Hildmann Vegan Food
Something on the fancier side, Attila Hildmann’s Vegan Snackbar is a bit out of town in the residential neighbourhood of Charlottenburg, but it is totally worth the detour — and not only for the burgers. Everything on the menu is decadent, homemade and of the utmost top quality. There’s even soft serve ice cream parfaits. But the burgers are most definitely what shines on the menu.
Glück to Go
For something healthier and super exotic, Glück to Go is a fab option in a great neighbourhood. Protein-rich burgers with an oriental twist, spent and mung bean buns, and ayurvedic spice mixes that are as good to your guts as they are delicious. The fries and the “juicy lucy” health drinks are also delicious and a nice change from your usual burger joint suspects. The service is also great. Something super special for sure!
Now where to start. Lil hormonal, huh? You want a burger? You want a real-good-messy-huge-sloppy over-the-top burger? You want more like ten burgers stacked on one another and wrapped in vegan cheese and bacon? Well, chances are, Lily Burger has you covered. Without a doubt the most over-the-top burger joint in Berlin, those suckers are not only Instagram-worthy times a million, they are also freaking delicious. Mine came layered with onion rings stuffed in fresh jalapenos and corn tortillas. I mean. Zing!
Der Vegetarische Metzger
Another fab option in Bergmannkiez, I stumbled on Der Vegetarische Metzger (The Vegetarian Butcher) by accident one day and instantly fell in love with the crispy chicken burger and the quirky stickers for the grabbing (my laptop is now famously sporting “Eat pussies not animals” on its front…) I’ve yet to go back to sample other burger options, but the crispy vegan chicken burger alone makes me put Der Vegetarische Metzger as one of my new favourites. SO SO GOOD!
Chaostheorie is one of the few fully vegan bars in Berlin and I absolutely love this place. It’s kitschy and raunchy and serves the best vegan milkshakes on the planet. Apparently they also have ‘the most delicious pussies’ in town, but don’t take my words for it. There are a few daily specials each day and Monday evening is burger night. Come for the Berlin Bastard BBQ Burger, a messy affair dripping with homemade bbq sauce, American coleslaw and “honey” mustard sauce. Whatever you do, make sure you grab a milkshake. Decadent and delicious.
All vegan, real unpretentious, casual, cool and super affordable joint in the heart of Boxi in Friedrichshain. Good staff, good crowd, good music, huge portions, and an amazing chili cheeseburger. You really can’t go wrong here, it’s vegan budget comfort food at its best. Order at the bar (beware, I am not kidding when I say the portions are huge) and wait for your number to be yelled back at’cha. It’s a bit rough around the edge, but that’s why I love it!
Let it Be
Let it be is an all vegan crepe and burger joint in Neukolln. Although I do prefer visiting Let it Be for their amazing crepes, the burgers are great and definitely deserve a mention here! The space and ambiance are great and all the food is named after vegan celebrities which is kinda fun and quirky. My favourite was the the Wendy O. Williams, a BBQ soy steak patty served with caramelized onions and more BBQ sauce. Whatever you do, save room for a crepe!!!!
Located in the lovely neighborhood of Schöneberg, Café Bärbucha specializes in kombucha and all things fermentation. As well as offering an amazing selection of kombucha and lacto-fermented vegetables, the short menu oftentimes features a fantastic burger served with aged pickles and all the organic trimmings. The owners are also super lovely and always up for a chat. Definitely worth the detour!
I recommend visiting the original location (the one on Herrfurthstraße) close to Schillerpromenade on a early Sunday and stock up on tasty Brötchen (bread rolls) at the neighbour Schiller Backerei. The burgers here are tiny for the price and the vegan condiments have to be paid for (but the mayo is great). Thankfully, they are very tasty little wonders thanks to the freshly-baked buns from next door and super fresh ingredients, so I still wholeheartedly recommend them! Schiller is an omni restaurant, with four vegetarian options that can all be veganized + two already vegan options.