A Comprehensive List of Vegan Burgers in San Diego

I uncovered more vegan burger options  then I could have imagine when building the 20 Vegan Burgers To Try in San Diego map for Eater. It seemed a shame to not share the full list for those who swim in the deep dark waters of the restaurant scene (or have a lot of friends and family that drag them to non-vegan-friendly spots). So here it is.

For photos and descriptions of the top 20, check the Eater map and help drive up views (and demand) for vegan content.

[information current as of November 2019]

    1. Amplified Aleworks
      • Housemade veggie patty is vegan($11.95)
    2. The Balboa
      • Menu states they have a fresh black bean patty and that some burgers can be made vegan.
    3. Bare Back Grill
      • Two housemade patties, Black Bean Betty or Yamburger, or a Beyond patty can be subbed for (+$2) into any burger.
    4. barleymash
      • House Made Quiona and Black Bean Burger ($14) with baby greens, cucumber, tomatoes, pickles, and onion (hold the cheese or aioli to make vegan).
    5. Beach Burger
      • #9 Impossible Burger ($14.99) Impossible burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles on a toasted bun (hold the cheese and mayo to make vegan).
    6. Burger King
      • Impossible Whopper (price varies) with tomatoes, lettuce,  ketchup, pickles, and onions on sesame seed bun (hold mayonnaise to make vegan).
    7. The Butcher’s Cut
      • The Vegan Burger ($21) Two large soy patties, caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, avocado, salt and pepper beer battered fries with house-made bbq sauce.
    8. Cali “O” Burgers
      • The Berkeley ($12 .95) Meatless Veggie Burger, grilled onions, tomato, and lettuce wrapped in an organic tortilla spinach wrap (hold aioli to make vegan).
      • Fresno Veggie ($8 .95) Handmade quinoa & garbanzo bean patty, avocado, baby spinach, tomato, pickled red onions & fresh sprouts on a whole wheat bun (hold spicy Remoulade to make vegan).
    9. Carl’s Jr.
      • Beyond Famous Star (price varies) with lettuce, tomato, onions, dill pickles, and special sauce (hold mayonnaise and cheese to make vegan).
    10. Cheesecake Factory
      • Veggie Burger ($14.95)  Patty made with brown rice, farro, mushrooms, black beans and onion with avocado, cucumber, tomato, arugula, and pickles (hold the cheese and aioli, sub vegan bread–some locations use egg in patty, verify when ordering).
      • Impossible Burger ($16.95) with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion(hold the cheese and aioli, sub vegan bread)
    11. Corner Drafthouse
      • The Impossible Burger ($18) Plant based veggie patty, soyrizo, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli (vegan cheese and aioli available by request).
    12. Crazee Burger
      • The Beyond (aka The Shelby) ($11.99) 100% vegan, this juicy plant based vegan patty is complemented with a vegan bun and accompanied with freshly sliced avocado. Add Violife vegan cheese for $1.
    13. Dan Diegos
      • Veggie Burger ($13) House made patty with lentils, polenta, bulghur wheat, nuts and veggies is vegan when ordered on a baguette.
    14. Fatburger
      • Boca Burger or Gardenburger available (verify at location if it’s vegan) or Impossible patty (+$3) can be ordered in burger (hold mayo to make vegan).
    15. Garage Kitchen + Bar
      • The Vegan Burger ($15) Beyond meatless patty,  LTO, pickles, veganaise, and harissa ketchup on a kaiser roll with fries.
    16. The Habit
      • Veggie Burger ($6.05) Vegan veggie patty (Morning Star) on a toasted wheat bun, green leaf lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions with sweet mustard dressing (choose raw onions, grilled onions are not vegan). A side of Tempura Green Beans ($3.15) are also vegan!
    17. Hamiltons Tavern 
      • Cattle Decapitation – not on menu anymore 😦 But potato patty is vegan and Impossible patty can be added for $2.5. Staff can help build a vegan burger.
    18.  Hodad’s
      • Veggie Burger ($7) A Malibu Burger Organic Vegan Gardenburger on vegan bun (hold the mayo to make vegan).
    19. Healthy Creations
      • Sunshine Veggie Burger ($10.5) Soy-free veggie burger, spring mix, avocado, tomatoes, sprouts, chipotle aioli on a multigrain roll
    20. Islands
      • Impossible ($15.99) with avocado, lettuce, and tomato (hold cheese and aioli to make vegan).
    21. Kairoa Brewing Co
      • Vegan Flat Top Burger ($16.5) Impossible, american ‘cheese’, lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan mayo, mustard, vegan bun w/fries or salad
    22. Karl Strauss
      • The Big Beer Burger ($14.50) comes with Red Trolly ale steeped onions and Tower 10 IPA sauteed mushrooms over a slab of smoky tofu.
      • The meaty Beyond Burger ($16.95) comes drizzled with avocado chimichurri and aswirl of pickled red onions.
    23. Knotty Barrel
      • Plant Based Burger ($14. 95) with lettuce, tomato, and onion (hold bun and cheese to make vegan).
    24. La Valencia
      • Black Bean and Quiona Burger ($17) mixed greens and tomato (hold bun and aioli to make vegan).
    25. The Lot
      • The Impossible Burger ($19.50) Vegan patty, arugula, tomato jam, caramelized onions, focaccia herb bun.
    26. Jaynes Gastropub
      • Jayne Impossible Burger ($21.50) with pickled onions and greens (hold the cheese and ailoi to make vegan).
    27. Jyoti Bihanga
      • Cali Burger ($9.95) Housemade black bean and beet burger. Lettuce Tomato, sunflower sprouts, avocado, cashew cheese, served in organic 9-grains with tofu tamari spread.
    28. Mavericks Beech Club
      • Impossible Burger ($10) lettuce, tomato, and onion (hold the cheese and ailoi to make vegan).
      • Veggie ($9, lettuce, tomato, and onion (hold the cheese and ailoi to make vegan).
    29. The Modern Vegan
      • (10) 100% vegan burgers in the menu that range between $14 to $21.
    30. OB BBQ House
      • Vegan Black Bean Burger ($8.00) Ask for no mayo to make it vegan. Has lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup, and mustard.
    31. Organic Food Truck
      • Veggie burger ($9) is vegan w/o cheese
    32. Pacifica Del Mar
      • “Impossible” Vegan Burger ($15) bibb lettuce, tomato, sweet pea sprouts, sun dried tomato-tofu spread (sub for bread to make vegan, lunch only)
    33. Peace Pies
      • Bliss Burger($12) a hearty sun dried tomato & walnut burger topped with cheez, pickles, and homemade ketchup. Served on onion bread. Add mushrooms and onions (+$2).
    34. Plan 9 Alehouse
      • Spuds Veganzie ($19) Beyond Meat plant based burger patty. Vegan cheddar/mozzarella blend. Bourbon maple maitake mushrooms. Fire roasted red bell peppers. Spring mix. Fried pickled onions. Potato bun.
    35. Pure Burger 
      • Impossible X Pure ($14) 5 oz. Impossible Burger, mixed greens, tomato, pickles, avocado, and ketchup
      • Vegan Burger ($7.50) with choice of topping like jalapeno, grilled mushrooms, avocado (+$1.6), and chipotle ailoi. Topping are all clearly marked vegan.
    36. Red Robin
      • Keep it Simple ($10.49) Custom-blended, ancient-grain-and-quinoa veggie patty, red onions, lettuce and tomatoes (hold the pickles and swap bun for bread or lettuce wrap). Option to swap in Impossible burger (+$3.50).
      • Vegan Burger ($10.99) Custom-blended, ancient-grain-and-quinoa veggie patty with tomato bruschetta salsa, fresh avocado slices and shredded romaine in a lettuce wrap. Served with steamed broccoli.
    37. Second Nature
      • Plant Based Burger ($11 + $1 cheese) Beyond Meat, butter lettuce, tomatoes, roasted garic aiol.
    38. Sister Ray’s
      • The Standard Burger ($8.25) lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, american cheese, the sauce – made vegan with Impossible burger (+$2) and Daiya (+$1)
      • The Sister’s Flat Top Burger ($7.50) Grilled Onions, cheese, mayo – made vegan with Impossible burger (+$2) and Daiya (+$1)
    39. Soul Shine
      • Beach Burger ($14) your choice of a quinoa lentil patty topped with ketchup, lettuce + tomato OR a black bean patty topped with chipotle crema + cabbage slaw. Served with seasonal fries.
    40. Stacked
      • B4 Burger (a San Diego based company) with green leaf lettuce, guacamole, tomato and red onion on our vegan, whole wheat bun (can add/sub more toppings).
    41. Station Tavern
      • House Veggie Burger ($9) Topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumber (hold sauce and bun to make vegan).
      • Spicy Black Bean Burger ($9) Topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumber (hold sauce and bun to make vegan).
    42. Swami’s
      • ABC Impossible Burger ($17.99) with avocado lettuce, tomato, and chipotle veganaise (hold the Morning Star vegetarian bacon and “soy cheese” with whey to make vegan).
    43. Tavern in PB
      • Tavern Impossible ($14) with tomato, red onion, pickles, shredded lettuce, vegan cheddar, veganiase, ketchup, and yellow mustard on whole wheat bun.
    44. Torrey Pints
      • Burger and a Pint Thurs Beyond Burger ($13) Beyond Meat patty, vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, sriracha aioli
    45. Trilogy Sanctuary
      • Can’t Stop The Beet Burger ($14.90) Patty made from beets, black beans, quinoa, and roasted red peppers grilled with cheeze, served in a toasted spelt and millet bun. Topped with fresh spinach, tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. Served with garlic fries
      • Trilogy Cheeze Burger ($13.9) A hearty burger made with brown rice, black beans & portobello mushrooms, grilled with cashew cheeze. Topped with fresh tomato slices, lettuce & caramelized onions. Served with our sun-dried tomato cashew aioli and sweet potato wedges OR rosemary potatoes.
    46. Veggie Grill
      • VG Beyond Burger ($12.95)  burger by beyond meat, american “cheese”, grilled onions, house made sauce, tomato, iceberg lettuce, sesame buns + crispy fries
      • The LUXE Burger (13.50) grilled beyond burger, white truffle cheese sauce, roasted mushrooms, arugula, sriracha ketchup, roasted tomatoes, poppy seed bun
      • Steakhouse Burger ($13.50) Beyond Burger, provolone cheese, steakhouse sauce, VG bacon, tomato, iceberg lettuce, blue cheese dressing, cracked pepper, poppy seed bun.
      • Grilled Quinoa + Veg Burger ($11.75) Organic quinoa + organic shiitake mushrooms + raw sunflower seeds, cheese, house-pickled onions, arugula, veg mayo, cilantro pesto, whole grain bun.
    47. Wood Ranch
      • House-Made Veggie Burger ($15.95) House-recipe patty with avocado. It is vegans as a lettuce wrap.
    48. Working Class
      • Veggie Burger ($10) beyond meat patty, avocado, butter lettuce, tomato and red onion.
    49. Wrap Shack
      • Vegan Burger vegan crumbles, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and vegan ranch ($11.95).
    50. The Yellow Deli
      • The Yoga Vista Special ($8.25) Veggie burger with onions, tomato, lettuce, avocado, sprouts, mustard, garlic spread on kaiser roll ( I strongly recommend reading about this group before going).


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