PETA has named the 12 best veggie burgers made locally in the Philippines, which come from restaurants across the country. Made from ingredients such as jackfruit, mushrooms, tofu, beans, and unMEAT, veggie burgers are tasty and animal-friendly—unlike meat-based ones.
In no particular order, here are the winners:
• Green Bar’s Wild Thing Bacun Cheeseburger (Makati City), featuring a house-made seitan and jackfruit patty topped with “bacun” strips, onion rings, vegan mozzarella cheese, lettuce, and chipotle mayo on a toasted bun
• Shakey’s The Goood Burger (nationwide), featuring an unMeat patty topped with all the trimmings as well as vegan dressing, sandwiched together with lettuce
• Greens Spot’s Heartburger (Quezon City), made up of five types of grilled veggies, topped with vegan mayonnaise and all the trimmings, and served with a side of potato wedges
• But Better’s Loaded Protein Burger (Taguig City), a protein-packed burger served with melted vegan cheese, mushrooms, homemade relish, and all the trimmings
• Shaka’s Sloppy José (Panglao Island, Bohol), featuring 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), including 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), a black bean patty topped with vegan mayo and all the trimmings
• Cosmic’s Mushroom Burger (Makati City), featuring a homemade mushroom patty with all the trimmings sandwiched between sourdough bread, served with a side of fries
• Lun-haw Vegan Café’s Vegan Burger (Cebu City), 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), with vegan mayo and all the trimmings piled on a healthy baked patty, served with sweet potato fries or some greens
• Chilla Gorilla Burgers’s King Kong Burger (Davao City), with not one but two patties on a buttered bun topped with mayo and a cheese sauce—all vegan, of course—as well as all the trimmings
• Bec and Geri’s Vegan Steak Burger (Las Piñas), a house-made “ground steak” patty with barbecue garlic sauce, pineapple, and all the trimmings
The restaurants will all receive framed certificates.
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.
Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals each year. Going meat-free protects human health too.