Manchester Burgers #1
Everyone loves a burger with fries, right? You don’t have to go to a fully vegan establishment to find a meat-free one, most eateries in Manchester have one on the menu, or at least one you can ask to be made vegan by excluding the mayo or cheese.
I plan to eat more vegan burgers in Manchester, but for now, here’s four to look out for…
Handmade Burger Co. – Deansgate, M3 3WB
Handmade Burger Co. Thai Vegetable Burger (£8.25)
This place offers so much variety. Not only do they have a vast selection of meat burgers for those not ready for the plants, they have six veggie vegan-friendly burgers to choose from, along with additional sides, salads and milkshakes. I went with meat eaters who ordered chicken and beef burgers, but when mine came out they commented how good it looked and one wished she had opted for a veggie one.
I had the Thai Vegetable burger: Thai vegetable patty, grilled peppers, sweet chilli sauce, red onion and watercress. It was full of sweet and savoury flavours and was hearty and filling. I would happily eat this burger again, but not before I try their other five!
BrewDog – Peter Street, M2 5BG
BrewDog Hail Seitan Burger (£9) + sweet potato fries (£2.50)
Oh my! This is the only time I have ever had seitan. I do not know if all seitan tastes this good or whether BrewDog just cooked it to perfection. Seitan is made from the wheat protein gluten, sounds gross I know, which is why I had never bothered trying it before. Named “Hail Seitan”, this burger is described as a BBQ seitan steak with crispy kale, sun kissed tomato chutney and hummus.
The taste and texture literally reminded me of sticky BBQ spare ribs from a Chinese takeaway; meaty, a little chewy, sticky and sweet. I was very pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it, 10/10. BrewDog is not a vegan eatery but has a few options, including another burger, a hot dog, buffalo cauliflower wings, salad and sides.
Fuel Café – Wilmslow Road, M20 3BW
Falafel Burger with salad (£6.20) + sweet potato wedges (£3)
If you’re a student living close to fallowfeild, Fuel is just down the road heading towards Withington. It has that student, quirky hippy vibe to it. Very friendly and soulful atmosphere with lots of colour, cosiness and hosts open mic nights and live music. The menu caters hearty vegetarian food with vegan options, including breakfasts, mains, cakes, milkshakes and booze. I had the falafel burger, made vegan, and it was as tasty as falafel burgers get, with a dollop of hummus for a great price. The side of sweet potato wedges bumped up the bill, but they were worth it.
I also treated myself to a piece of chocolate cake, which was super decedent and would satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings. A satisfying meal within a great setting, you would come back just for the atmosphere itself.
Nando’s – Multiple locations
Nando’s Supergreen Burger (£6.25) total + two sides (£10.45)
I loved the soya veggie burger on the old Nando’s menu, but just recently, they ditched it and replaced it with two new burgers: Sweet Potato & Butternut and Supergreen.
With Nando’s veggie burgers you must request no mayo for them to be vegan and they can be ordered either on a bun, pitta or wrap. Now, I was optimistic as I enjoyed their old one. I was disappointed.
The taste, I cannot fault. However, this cannot be classed as a burger. It did not hold together in the slightest, it was completely soft and mushy, resembling more of a sandwich filler paste. I would eat it again for sure; it was delicious and complemented the sun-dried tomatoes. Nevertheless, it is not a burger.