elevation burger – veggie burgers #1 & #2

In preparation of the obnoxious food eating and beer drinking that will happen next month (on vacation) in Seattle & Portland, I am trying to not consume as many burgers or beers as I normally do. With this in mind, my dining partner and I went out to Wynnewood for a veggie burger dinner at the organic burger chain, Elevation Burger.

Elevation Burger offers two different kinds of veggie burgers, #1 and #2. Both have a lot of similar ingredients in the patties, such as wheat, red bell peppers, oats, and corn. Some of the unique ingredients in #1 (lighter colored patty) are tomatoes, mozzarella & parmesan cheeses, and jalapenos. Some of the unique ingredients in #2 (darker) are brown rice, broccoli, carrots, and soy. Both were ordered with lettuce, tomato, and Elevation Sauce. We went halfsies on the burgers so we got to try both. I enjoyed #2 more, as it tasted more like a veggie burger. #1 didn’t taste bad, it just tasted more cheesy and not quite veggie burger-like. Both burgers could have benefited from a more melted cheese. The fries we ordered were addictively tasty and had the right amount of salt.

Elevation Burger
50 E Wynnewood Rd.
Wynnewood, PA 19096

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varga bar – veggie burger

In the beautiful weather we had a few weeks ago, I enjoyed Varga’s veggie burger while sitting outside along 10th street.

The patty is made up of a whole bunch of different veggies. It’s got a slight orange color to it and I believe it’s mainly put together with chickpeas(?). Some notable ingredients were corn, pepper, and scallions. I’m sure there’s more but I couldn’t make it out. The patty is topped with English cucumber, a Bluemoon organic salad, cheddar, truffled aioli, olive oil, and white balsamic vinaigrette. The accompaniments are a mixed arugula salad and a pickle.

The veggie burger is hearty yet somewhat light and refreshing due to the toppings. I enjoyed it except for the patty falling apart halfway through consumption. I can get over that though, it tasted great.

Varga Bar
941 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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national mechanics – national veggie burger

I’ve added the National Veggie Burger at National Mechanics to my lenten burger list ever since I read about it on Mac & Cheese. Since I’ve been working in Center City a lot last week, it was the perfect opportunity to try it.

Accompanied by steak fries and a pickle, the National Veggie Burger is served on a fresh roll with your choice of cheese (I went with cheddar), lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The bun was perfectly crusty with a light, airy inside. The veggie patty consisted of julienned carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms. It was slightly crisp and flavorful; you could taste all the veggies in it. Glad to have a veggie burger that wasn’t made up of beans, not that that’s a bad thing. You just don’t find beanless veggie burgers very often.

Also, National Mechanics has a burger special, Monday to Friday from 11 am – 7 pm. $7 for the National Burger or National Veggie Burger. Not a bad deal at all!

National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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