"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
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.
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.
Located on the swanky Shenkin Street, Orna and Ella provides fresh Israeli comfort food in a blissfully relaxed setting. Their menu, which is already known to be vegan friendly, has married a meatless burger with sweet potato and topped it all off with tomato chutney and cashew mayonnaise in a roll. One juicy bite is enough to remind you (again) that if you just give it a chance, veganism can be a real celebration.
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.
When owner Nana Schreier decided she was done with meat and ready to turn this well-loved spot to a vegan one, this place continued to thrive. Nanuchka, who has been growing since becoming 100% vegan, satisfies even the most carnivorous of appetites without harming any living creature. Their carefully crafted vegan burger is made from shitaki, portobello, and forest mushrooms, tempeh, lentils, and onions with vegetables and potatoes on the side - a dish that is anything but boring. Plus, you know it's going to be enveloped with love as the Georgians know how to bake bread.
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!
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.
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.