Twelve top veggie burgers

Many people may consider veggie burgers strange and even unpalatable, but innovative restaurants and chefs are coming up with alternative and delicious ways to make and eat burgers.

International animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) selects12 best veggie burgers made locally in the Philippines, which come from restaurants across the country. Made from healthy ingredients such as jackfruit, mushrooms, tofu, beans and unMEAT, veggie burgers are tasty and animal-friendly — unlike meat-based ones. According to PETA, cows killed for meat are raised on filthy feedlots, transported in all weather extremes to slaughterhouses, and strung up by one leg before their throats are slit, sometimes while they’re still conscious. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for burgers without cruelty.

Green Bar’s Wild Thing Bacun Cheeseburger (Makati City) features a house-made seitan and jackfruit patty topped with “bacun” strips, onion rings, vegan mozzarella cheese, lettuce and chipotle mayo on a toasted bun. On the other hand, Shakey’s The Goood Burger features an unMeat patty topped with all the trimmings as well as vegan dressing, sandwiched together with lettuce, while Greens Spot’s Heartburger (Quezon City) is made up of five types of grilled veggies, topped with vegan mayonnaise and all the trimmings, and served with a side of potato wedges.

Green Bar’s Wild Thing Bacun Cheeseburger. / Photograph courtesy of Green Bar

But Better’s Loaded Protein Burger (Taguig City) is a protein-packed burger served with melted vegan cheese, mushrooms, homemade relish and all the trimmings and Shaka’s Sloppy José (Panglao Island, Bohol) is a bean patty topped with caramelized fresh pineapple, corn, green chili, jalapeño salsa, guacamole and a vegan cheese sauce.

iVegan’s Black Bean Burger (Makati City) includes a special cheesy vegan sauce and all the trimmings, served with a side salad and a roasted sweet potato. Three Guys and a Grill’s The Woke Burger (Cebu City and Makati City) has a black bean patty topped with vegan mayo and all the trimmings.

Cosmic’s Mushroom Burger. / Photograph courtesy of cosmic

Cosmic’s Mushroom Burger (Makati City) features a homemade mushroom patty with all the trimmings, sandwiched between sourdough bread and served with a side of fries, while Lun-haw Vegan Café’s Vegan Burger (Cebu City) is made with mung beans and potato, paired with a vegan sauce and all the trimmings, and served with a side of air-fried fries.

Corner Tree Cafe’s Baked Tofu Walnut Burger (Makati City) comes with vegan mayo and all the trimmings, piled on a healthy baked patty served with sweet potato fries or some greens, while Chilla Gorilla Burgers’s King Kong Burger (Davao City) has not one but two patties on a buttered bun topped with mayo and a cheese sauce — all vegan — as well as all the trimmings. Meanwhile, Bec and Geri’s Vegan Steak Burger (Las Piñas) features a house-made “ground steak” patty with barbecue garlic sauce, pineapple and all the trimmings.

The Goood Burger from Shakey’s / Photograph courtesy of Shakey’s

“It’s so easy to help prevent cows — who feel joy, love, pain and fear, just as humans, cats, dogs and other animals do — from enduring a horrific death by leaving them off our plates,” says PETA senior vice president Jason Baker. “With so many delicious and award-winning veggie burgers to choose from in restaurants across the Philippines, it’s clear that vegan eating is skyrocketing in popularity.”

Vegan burgers from companies like Beyond Meat are sweeping the world, including the Philippines, and Burger King Philippines even offers a veggie burger on its menu.

According to PETA, every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals each year. Going meat-free protects human health, too. Like swine flu, bird flu, and SARS, Covid-19 has been linked to eating animals — and so have heart disease, diabetes, strokes and cancer.

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