Looking for your next Vegan Burger fix? The new plant-based range at Byron Burgers has got you covered!
If there was one trend that defined casual dining in the 2010s has to be the ‘Gourmet Burger’ craze. Started by the likes Almost Famous (who had the cheek to not even bother catering for vegans and veggies for years) and made popular by brands such as The Handmade Burger Co, Solita and Gourmet Burger, it wasn’t long before it felt like every street in town had a burger joint that claimed to be the best in town. But times are changing. When your local boozer offers a range of deep-fried super stacked burgers, it doesn’t feel so gourmet any more. To make a burger bar work in 2020 you need something different. You need to bring your A-game.
Stepping up to the plate in Byron Burger, who have decided to focus their efforts on catering to the growing number of customers who are vegan or v-curious to help them stand out from the crowd. Simply put, these are now some of the best vegan burgers in town.
The burgers themselves are from the Beyond Burger brand that should please both vegans and those wanting to reduce their meat intake. I would say they taste surprisingly beefy but as I’ve never had a beef burger in my life I wouldn’t know what I was talking about :-). What I can say is they are juicy, satisfying and don’t fall apart like the veggie burgers of old. They are very similar in taste to the Moving Mountains burgers and not a million miles away from the Impossible Burger.
On to the burgers. In total, Byron currently has 3 vegan and one veggie burger. It’s great to have a choice these days!
I ordered the Truffler, which is a plant-based patty topped with truffle ‘cheese’ fondue, mushrooms, truffle ‘mayonnaise’, American mustard, pickled red onions, crispy onions and lettuce. This is the burger to go for if you like your flavours big and your toppings flavoursome. Of the two we tried this is the one I would go back for!
Lizzie tried the Cali Cheese, which is themed around California. Whilst I didn’t quite see the Cali vibes, it is still a good burger and ideal for those who prefer their burgers straight up without too many extras.
Although the prices are higher than you would expect – the Truffler is £14.95 as of the time of writing this – don’t forget that each one comes with a large portion of skin-on fries or salad so it’s not that bad. They also have a variety of extras that you can customise your burger to your heart’s content.
I really like the fact that Byron Burgers can be eaten as an actual burger i.e. with two hands without it falling out everywhere or having to resort to picking it apart with a knife and fork. I HATE super stacked burgers and hope it’s a trend that is firmly left in the last decade.
Overall, the vegan burgers on offer are far better than a lot of the competition in town – Almost Famous I’m looking at you.
Yes, it’s a large chain, but you shouldn’t hold that against Byron. The vegan burgers are wonderful. Check em out.