By Katelyn Tan
September 16, 2020
Whether you’re an advocate, a critic or float somewhere on the flexitarian spectrum, these vegan and vegetarian burgers are worth a try
Plant-based foods have taken the world by storm and it’s for a good cause—health, environment and ethics are just a few reasons to make the swap. But what about the times when you’re through with tofu, and want to sink your teeth into the juiciest of steaks or a ketchup-loaded hot dog—the kind that drips down your chin when you bite into it—with no reservations? (No judging, we’ve all been there.) We’ve heard your call and have compiled a list of the best plant-based burgers in Kuala Lumpur to fulfil all your vegan junk food fantasies. Bring a meat-lover along; you just might be able to win him or her over.
Instead of your usual burger buns, Sala’s Bagel Burger is served in a—if you haven’t already guessed—bagel! Mushroom asada, pico de gallo and roasted tomato chipotle salsa are some of the other components of this alternative burger.
Sala | A-G-3A Galeria Hartamas, 21, Jalan 26a/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL | +6011-1150 3606
TATLER TIP: Sala recently opened its second branch at The Row on Jalan Doraisamy.
If you’re looking for something colorful, the Hungry Tapir’s Pink Bombshell Burger is sure to catch your eye. A new edition to their #savetheplanet menu, the burger is dyed naturally using beetroot and comes with melted vegan herb cheese and sweet potato fries. This ‘bombshell’ will definitely make you do a double take.
The Hungry Tapir | 135, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KL | +603-2022 2137
Previously just a #meatlessmonday special, this burger is now available everyday due to its popularity. This isn’t surprising since the patty comes packed with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, mushroom and quinoa—all the good stuff! Did we mention the gorgeous slices of avocado on top for extra flavour and benefits?
Fittie Sense | 23A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL | +603-2858 4023
Kanteen’s burgers can be made vegan—just ask your waiter. And if burgers don’t suit your palate, check out the eatery’s other plant-based goodies such as their vegan Tom Yum and Nasi Lemak Rendang!
Kanteen | Mont Kiara Banyan, Lot GF2, 28, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL | +603-6206 2017
TATLER TIP: Kanteen is the brainchild of society darling Yong Mei Ling who, together with her sister, Yong Mei Fong, were Tatler Malaysia’s September 2019 cover girls.
With a handmade patty made from beetroot, millet, coriander and potatoes, Real Food’s Beetroot Millet Burger is sure to impress. But if beetroot isn’t your cup of tea, give their Crispy Portobello Burger a try. If you aren’t sold, know this: both come served with a side of crispy sweet potato fries.
Real Food | G-11, 1, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL | +603-6211 9078
RGB Cafe is another spot that will spoil you for choice when it comes to meat-free options. Serving not one, two or three but four plant-based burgers, the Ampang eatery makes it hard to choose—you might spend longer making a decision than eating your burger. Options include the Broccoli, the Beetroot, the Hemp and the Power Protein (with vegan mince).
RGB Coffee at the Bean Hive | 35, Jalan Damai, Kampung Datuk Keramat, Ampang, KL | +603-2181 1329
The black sourdough charcoal bun may be the first thing that you notice, but the wonders don’t cease. Inside sits a tantalising jicama, mushroom and pearl barley patty alongside some soy mayo and secret sauce.
LN Fortunate Coffee | 16, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, KL | +603-6206 3349
KGB serves an array of plant-based burgers such as the Portobello Bomb (pictured above) and Chloe’s Earth Burger, which sees a black bean and pistachio patty topped with sweet potato crisps (how good does that sound?). Go fully vegan by requesting eggless buns, plant-based margarine and soy-based sauces.
Killer Gourmet Burgers | Multiple outlets