8 vegan burgers in Tel Aviv that'll convert any carnivore

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By Time Out Israel Writers |
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"And what if you were on a desert island with only a cow?" This is a question that the average vegan hears often. Also the question: "Why call it a burger/pizza/steak or any other name that is automatically linked to meat or milk?" The answer is simple: "Why not?" Because if it's both vegan and tasty, the only question that needs to be asked is "can I have some more please?" And so, when it comes to burgers, who says meat eaters have to have all the fun? Some vegan burgers are so delicious, so mouthwatering and aromatic, that you’ll forget they’re made of plants. Tel Aviv’s thriving vegan community – ranked one of the best in the world – ensures that the White City has plenty of “green” options, whether you want a greasy “cheese” burger, or something slightly more on the healthy side. Here are some of our picks for the best vegan burgers in Tel Aviv.

The best vegan burgers in Tel Aviv

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Vicky Cristina
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Restaurants, Spanish

Vicky Cristina

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What do burgers and tapas have in common here? They're both vegan. The tapas restaurant from the station's compound continues to help vegans prove that veganism is a revolution rather than a passing trend, and as long as veganism is in demand, Vicky Cristina will keep their burger made from tomatoes and lentils with roasted onions and aioli hot and happenin' on their menu.

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Meshek Barzilay
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Restaurants, Vegan

Meshek Barzilay

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Located in the middle of the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this organic vegetarian and vegan bistro feels like a secret vegan hideaway. Their 'Veggieburger' features a mushroom burger with tofu and tempura in a steamed beetroot bun with vegan mayonnaise (alongside baked potatoes)...hungry yet? This dish is not only tasty, but also purple!

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Rainbow © FB page
Restaurants, Vegan

Rainbow

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

Rainbow Pita has figured out the secret to making juicy, mouth-watering burgers—'sans' meat. Vegans and non-vegans alike are raving about this little joint that also serves up amazing vegan shawarma, Middle Eastern kebab, Indian kebab, and more, all at very affordable prices. But why stop there? You can go gluten-free here, too, as they offer their delicious dishes with rice or salad instead of in a bun or pita. Don’t forget to take advantage of the discount on chips next door, just show your receipt from Rainbow Pita!

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Hashawarma Hativonit
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Restaurants, Vegan

HaShawarma HaTivonit (The Vegan Shwarma)

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HaShawarma HaTivonit is a favorite among the Tel Aviv locals, known for its vegan “fast food style” dining, with a menu that contains both American and Middle Eastern classics. Although they service pizza, shawarma, schnitzel, and more, we can’t stop ordering the classic vegan cheese burger. One of the tastiest burgers around, even meat eaters that live in the area are known to stop in for it. Slightly messy, the lentil and sprout patty is topped with crispy lettuce, fresh tomato, and onion. The salad bar offers pickles, pickled carrots, cabbage, tahina, ketchup, and other sauces to deck it out. But the real draw is the ooey gooey cheese that makes HaShawarma HaTivonit the top pick for vegan cheese burgers.

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Moses
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Restaurants

Moses

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While burger joints have popped up left and right on Rothschild with new combinations and contemporary creations, Moses has stood the test of time. And for good reason. While they may not hold the title of 'best burger in town', Moses' three branches in Tel Aviv are certainly among the most reliable. They are one of the least likely places for a vegan burger, mainly because vegans tend to steer clear of meat chains, but Moses offers an excellent vegan burger based on lentils, mushrooms, and spinach.

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Tevaleh
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Restaurants, Vegan

Tevaleh

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

Tevaleh offers a completely vegan healthy menu, ranging from some of the best breakfasts in town to of course, a great burger. Tevaleh’s burger manages to crack the code of deliciousness while still tasting healthy - a feat not easy to accomplish. The patty of sprouted lentils and veggies sits on a bed of lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, roasted onions, homemade ketchup and sauce, enveloped by a fresh whole wheat bun. For just 5 shekels more you can add avocado, mushrooms, or cashew cheese (though we recommend skipping the cheese, which isn’t as flavorful as in some other restaurants). Tevaleh is the place to go when you want to skip the burger dripping with grease and trick yourself into thinking you’re being healthy.

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Casino
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Casino San Remo

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Come and soak in the sun at this hip restaurant hangout. Casino San Remo is a vibrant intersection of delicious food, eclectic music, and eye-opening art. The menu is overflowing with freshly vibrant ingredients, juicy hamburgers, and much more...which now includes a vegan burger. The juicy patty tantilizes your palate with exciting vegetables, beans, and nuts, paired with a side of fries that are much more than a side dish.

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Goodness
© Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Vegan

Goodness

icon-location-pin Tel Aviv City Center

From the owner of vegan favorite HaShwarma HaTivonit comes Goodness, a vegan diner specializing in burgers. Omnivores and vegans alike will delight at the flavorful burgers, crafted to mimic the taste and texture of the real thing with a range of toppings and sauces available. For those looking for something different, try the crispy shawarma, fluffy crepe, juicy sloppy Joe, fish and chips, or one of the many delicious desserts. For vegans missing greasy, junk food and gooey, creamy desserts, Goodness is the place to try.

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