On this National Burger Day, you might be wondering, “Where’s the beef?” After all, Americans eat about 59l0 million burgers a year. But we’re certain that with these delicious non-beef burger options, you won’t feel deprived. In fact, after switching things up a bit, you might put some of these suggestions in your menu rotation permanently. Check out a few picks for your alternative burger fix below.
This hole-in-the-wall diner may not look like much from the outside, but its consistently long lines suggest its one of the most popular burger joints in the greater Houston area. Although Lankford is known for its variety of homestyle beef burgers with all the fixins, if you want to go on a culinary adventure, try their veggie burger. This beef alternative consists of a black bean patty with fried mushrooms, avocado, and Monterey Jack cheese. Your mouth is watering just thinking about it, isn’t it?
Grab a napkin or two because District 7 Grill has a few tasty burgers you won’t soon forget. Their crab cake burger has avocado, charred onion, a poblano pepper, and bacon. A second option is the seared sushi tuna burger, which is ahi tuna, cilantro and cabbage. Both sandwiches have a little kick to them with District 7’s special roast per sauce. Besides the amazing food, the ambiance and diner-like feel will make you feel like you've skipped back in time a few decades.
Here’s a burger you’ll really feel good about eating. Buffburger’s salmon burger is a hearty lunch that’ll fill you up for the rest of the afternoon. Topped with cream cheese, tomatoes, red onion, and capers, piled on an everything bun, this burger, like everything else on the menu, is made from all-natural, high-quality ingredients.
It’s a burger overload in East Houston at Rodeo Goat, where there are more than 20 burger options on the menu. The Neil Young burger is a homemade veggie patty topped with avocado, beefsteak tomato, sprouts and their own green goodness dressing. Another beef-less option is the popular Billy Gibbons, a veggie burger made of brown and red quinoa, barley, radish, mushrooms sprouts and spinach-mayo.
If you’re counting calories, visit Elevation Burger, where their veggie and vegan burgers are right around 300 calories each, including the bun. If you want the best of both worlds, Elevation offers “Half the Guilt” veggie or vegan burgers, where you can order the burger with one veggie or vegan patty and one beef patty. All the flavor, none of the remorse.