SAFE HAS BACKED up its “keep pork off their fork” campaign with their nominations of the best vegetarian burgers available in NZ.
The animal advocacy group is concerned that the cruelty exposed in the pork industry earlier this year might be conveniently forgotten about by Kiwis munching into their barbeques and takeaways this summer.
With so many great no-bacon, no-meat burger options available, they reckon it’s the perfect opportunity to express your support for pigs by eating vegetarian or vegan burgers.
Here is SAFE’s best burger list:
Best Gourmet. Handmade Burgers (Auckland) are applauded for their juicy vegan options of deep-fried tempeh with hummus, avocado, salad & plum sauce, all on a fresh toasted bun, and a falafel burger.
Best Value for Money. Burger chain Burgerfuel, with stores all over New Zealand, goes the extra mile for vegetarians, ensuring their burgers have New Zealand Vegetarian Society approval. The huge V-Dub Vege is 100 percent vegan, with the aioli and cheddar removed. Top it off with sweet tomato relish and a creamy peanut satay sauce and you are good to go!
Most inventive. The internationally famed Fergburger (Queenstown) does not let the vegetarians down, with two options – Holier than Thou and Bun Laden. You might be waiting a while but it will be worth it for crispy, golden tempura-coated silken tofu, salad and crunchy snow pea shoots (swap out the sauces for tomato relish).
Healthiest. Lotus Heart (Christchurch) wins for their delectable, tasty and healthy sunflower seed pattie with chutney and fresh salad (ask for it vegan).
Meatiest. Wellingtonians can sample the delights of the ‘Courtney’ burger at Ekim: marinated tofu with a beetroot relish. Ekim also has the delicious ‘Dale’ and the ‘Mum’, with falafel, hummus and jalapeno salsa.
Receiving honorable mentions are vegetarian burgers from Cosset, Velvet Burger, Cassells and Midnight Espresso (ask for no dairy or egg to make them vegan). SAFE rates Fry’s traditional or chicken-style burgers as the best for throwing on the barbeque at home.