Lost in a vegan Burger Berlin maze?
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 cardboardy bird food I’d usually go for. 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 like a goddamn annoying breathing thing, this guide is getting updated with latest discoveries and classics not to be missed.
Best Vegan Burger Berlin: The Guide
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.
I wish Vincent Vegan had chosen a better location to finally set sail in Berlin, but I understand that they are trying to reach the mass, and I guess I a brand new shiny mall is the place to do that. The fact remains that the brand new East Side Mall is an eyesore like I’ve rarely seen one, and the only ever reason I will step food inside is to grab me one of the amazing Beyond Burger from Vicent Vegan. I’m sure everything else is also good, but that’s all I’ll ever eat from there, despite the hefty price, and despite the shitty location. That burger trumps everything else possible. Grab two or three, just in case and cross over to the East Side Gallery to eat them. Dare I say, the best veggie burger Berlin has to offer currently.
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!
The Markthalle Neun transforms itself into a street food party every Thursday evening and I absolutely adore that place. In a corner hides TofuTussis, whipping some great vegan burgers Berlin style. They’re simple, but everything is super fresh (they make their own tofu!), the ambience is cool, and the buns are black! Grab a glass of wine and soak in the great food and atmosphere.
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!
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 veggie burger Berlin joint, 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!Def the best Chicken Vegan Burger Berlin has.
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!
Located in the lovely neighbourhood 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 an 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.