Purple Peanuts / Gammodoki Tofu Burger

Purple Peanuts-Tofu Burger-Vegetarian Burger Life

Purple Peanuts is a busy Japanese cafe at the Southern Cross end of Collins Street. I’ve just ordered the Gammodoki Tofu Burger but when it arrives I’m a bit taken back – it doesn’t look like a burger but more like something you’d order in a sandwich shop. But never mind all that. One bite and I’m in burger heaven.

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Mr Burger / Mr Veg

Mr Burger-Mr Veg-Vegetarian Burger Life

 

When my partner and I visited Portland, Oregon, in 2013 we were excited by the food truck culture there. On one city block alone there were around 60 food trucks, open daily. The choice, flavours and aromas were amazing. We have nothing on that volume here in Melbourne yet, but steadily food trucks are gaining popularity.

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Huxtaburger / Vege Denise

Huxtaburger-Denise-Vegetarian Burger Life

In theory Huxtaburger now have two vegetarian burgers on offer, the Sondra and the Vege Denise.  I ordered the Sondra, but with no luck – I was told they were sold out. So I went with the Vege Denise. “Lucky,” the lady behind the counter said. “We only have three left!” And this was before the lunchtime rush. There were going to be a few disappointed vegetarians at Huxtaburger today. Or maybe not? You see, Huxtaburger got themselves in trouble with vegetarians a while back, saying on Facebook:

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Lord of The Fries / Original Burger

Lord of the Fries-Original-Vegetarian Burger Life

I knew someone a while back who ate almost exclusively at McDonalds and Hungry Jacks. He was a committed meat-eater. When Lord of the Fries opened their first store he started eating there too, and liked it. He didn’t realise the burgers were vegetarian – and for good reason – in their very early days there was nothing obvious on the menu saying that they were. Even I avoided the place for months thinking there was nothing there for me.

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YOMG / Miss Fu

YOMG-Miss Fu-Vegetarian Burger Life

YOMG stands for Yo My Goodness, and it’s a busy restaurant in Glen Waverley which specialises in burgers, shakes and frozen yogurt. One glance at the menu and you see they are pretty serious about their burgers. There’s two options for vegetarians.

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Hungry Jacks / Veggie Whopper (Without Cheese)

Hungry Jacks-Veggie Whopper-Vegetarian Burger Life

When I first went vegetarian, over 20 years ago, there weren’t many burger options around. Or maybe I just lived in the wrong suburb. I ate Veggie Whoppers at Hungry Jacks quite a bit, until one day I saw a cryptic sign next to the Veggie Whopper and chips meal deal: Please note, one or more of these items are not vegetarian. Odd, I thought. Upon enquiry I was told the burger had animal rennet in the cheese, and the chips were pre-cooked in beef fat. So close, and yet so far. What a pity that something that was ostensibly vegetarian was in fact not.

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