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8 of the Most Delicious Plant-Based Burgers in Westchester

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By Michelle Gillan Larkin & Julia Rosier

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a thick, overflowing, 10-napkin-needing veggie burger every now and then, and these well-designed plant- and grain-based creations make meatless Mondays — or any day — easy, worth waiting for, and far from run-of-the-mill.

Sweet Grass Grill

24 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.631.0000
About a dozen nearby farms provide the eats at this casual, always bustling den of all things local, seasonal, and fresh, where the menu depends on the daily harvest. While the portobello burger is a standout, it’s the quinoa, sweet potato, and kale concoction that keeps regulars returning. A house-baked roll and a basil aioli schmear make it a meal, and even confirmed carnivores won’t miss the meat.

 

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Grass Roots Kitchen

124 Wildey St, Tarrytown; 914.909.5588
Sister to Sweet Grass, this fast-casual hotspot for elevated health-conscious fare offers three veggies burgers and each is all vegan. The signature beet burger comes piled high with vegan Swiss cheese, watercress, pickled onions, beet ketchup, and Grass Roots Kitchen (GRK) secret sauce. Two other burger brothers are bean based: One is a patty of pintos, shitakes, shallots, and lentils, smothered in GRK sauce and sriracha ketchup; the second resembles a falafel fashioned from chickpeas, onions, parsley, cilantro, and cumin, topped with tahini.

 

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Birdsall House

970 Main St, Peekskill; 914.930.1880
At this craft beer gastropub, the burgers are a local fave, and that includes the beet and quinoa varietal which rests beneath chived goat cheese, baby arugula, and house mustard. Pro tip: For a little protein kick, add a fried egg from upstate Feather Ridge Farm, or dare we suggest, smoked brisket chili on top?

North End Tavern

1301 North Ave, New Rochelle; 914.633.3224
The commercially produced Beyond Burger has found a home here, along with the house-made Veggie Out Burger of quinoa, lentil and edamame beans, carrots, and celery, covered in lettuce, tomato, and fried onions with a mouth-watering, tangy lime cilantro garlic aioli.

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The Urban Hamlet

124 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; 914.652.7407
Totally vegan, the polenta and quinoa burger comes tucked into a soft, herb-focaccia roll, delicately dolloped with tomato red pepper jam, plus pickled carrots, arugula, and tomatoes. Lightly dressed tossed salad greens are a nice touch on the side.

Bridge View Tavern

226 Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow; 914.332.0078
Bulgur, quinoa, and wheat join together in a glorious taste tango and comprise the mega-meal Three Grain Veggie Burger that also includes roasted corn, black beans, mushrooms, and peppers. Fresh avocado, lettuce, and tomato chill out up top.

The Rare Bit

23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.693.8000
Self-described as a welcoming neighborhood gastropub offering a “bit a food, bit a booze, bit a fun,” the menu also includes a bit of vegetarian heaven with Chef Evan Kalogiannis’ incarnation of the meatless wonder with black beans, brown rice, cumin, onions, peppers, cayenne, and a bit of tahini, served on a vegan bun.

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Jackie B’s

28 Garth Rd, Scardsdale; 914.874.5328
The motto at this hard-to-miss, black-awninged, corner pub touts, “great food, great people, great times,” and their California Burger is pretty great, too. It’s a 6 oz sweet potato black bean burger topped with house-made Asian coleslaw, pea shoots, house-made Ponzu dressing, and crispy wontons on a multi-grain bun.

 

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