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Eat Here Now: 12 Restaurants, 12 Cities (November) Slideshow

Eat Here Now: 12 Restaurants, 12 Cities (November) Slideshow

Boston: Hungry Mother

Hungry Mother

Local bluefish with spaghetti squash, tomato, olive tapenade and provincial vinegrette (pictured)

Chicago: The Weiner's Circle

The Weiner's Circle

Chicago dog (pictured)

Las Vegas: Bartolotta

Yelp/Betty N.

Bartolotta

Torta liguire al limone, gelato al rosmarino e balsamico (pictured)

Austin: Jeffrey's of Austin

Los Angeles: Animal Restaurant

Philadelphia: Dalessandro's Steaks and Hoagies

New Orleans: Johnny's Po-boys

New York City: Manzo

Molly Aronica

Miami: Garcias Seafood Grill


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


The Best and Worst Restaurant Chain Veggie Burgers

Courtesy of Burger King

Veggie burgers used to be hockey pucks of flavorless carbs that you would avoid at all cost. That's no longer the case in 2019. Now, vegans, vegetarians, and plant-based eaters alike no longer have to sacrifice taste (and nutrition) for their dietary restrictions when eating out.

Fast food and sit-down restaurant chains have slowly started to introduce more meat-like veggie burgers from the plant-based meat alternative makers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

Unlike your traditional bean, grain, and mushroom-based veggie burger, the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger are specifically formulated to mimic a ground beef burger in taste and texture. While these meat-like, plant-based patties might not sound too appealing to vegetarians (seriously, they really taste like meat), they are at the very least an additional vegetarian option to fast food menus that are often lacking in plants. For some restaurant chains, like Carl's Jr., it's the first time a "veggie burger" has appeared on their menu.

What fast food places serve veggie burgers?

  • Burger King (Impossible Burger)
  • Carl's Jr. (Beyond Meat)
  • White Castle (Impossible Burger)

What restaurant chains serve veggie burgers?

  • Applebee's (Impossible Burger, New York City locations only)
  • Cheesecake Factory (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger in select locations)
  • Dave & Buster's (Impossible Burger)
  • Denny's (Veggie Burger)
  • Red Robin (Veggie Burger and Impossible Burger)
  • TGI Fridays (Beyond Meat)

As you've probably noticed, the faux meat burgers haven't entirely taken over restaurant chains. A few brands are still offering classic burgers.

Are veggie burgers and plant-based meat alternatives healthy?

Yes, veggie burgers are made from plants, but does that mean they're healthy?

If you're ordering one over a beef burger, the answer is leaning towards "yes." Evidence supports that reducing red meat intake is a good idea, particularly for people who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancers. A 2012 NIH study estimated that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of other foods (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, and whole grains) was associated with a 7%-19% lower mortality risk.

Although overall there may seem to be some health benefits to opting for a veggie burger, experts don't necessarily recommend that these plant-based meat alternatives become any more of a regular addition to your weekly menu as would a traditional fast-food burger.

"I would also recommend limiting this and recognizing this is a processed food. Do not treat it as a vegetable or a health food, but still as a 'treat,' as the ingredients are overly processed and are not proven to enhance your overall health and well-being," shares Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, an NYC-based dietitian and founder of Real Nutrition.

There's one last thing to consider when asking whether these plant-based burgers are healthy: preparation. Depending on which restaurant chain you choose, ordering an Impossible Burger can either set you back 600 calories or 1,400 calories.

That's why we've sorted the fast food and restaurant veggie burgers into the best and worst according to nutrition. Discover which veggie burgers are worthy additions to your regular order and which you'd be better off asking "where's the beef?"

The Best Fast Food & Restaurant Veggie Burgers

As far as fast food burgers go, these veggie burgers are worthy additions to our Eat This!-approved drive-thru database.


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