Vegans: Sink your teeth into Burger Lounge’s plant-based burger

Burger Lounge introduces its Vegan Burger on Nov. 20, 2019.
(Rob Andrew)

The fast-causal restaurant chain adds The Organic Quinoa Vegan Burger to its menu.

From Carl’s Jr. to Subway, it seems that nearly every restaurant chain has hopped on the vegan bandwagon. And starting today, San Diego-headquartered Burger Lounge will join the trend.

The fast-casual restaurant group is adding a plant-based option to its menu. Priced at $8.49, The Organic Quinoa Vegan Burger’s patty is made with a mix of fonio (an ancient grain from West Africa), red quinoa, brown rice, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, corn, onion and garlic. It’s topped with vegan cheddar cheese, shredded iceburg lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and vegan thousand island, and sandwiched between a vegan bun.

“We’ve created our vegan burger with farm fresh vegetables in mind. It was not designed as a meat imposter and wasn’t made in a lab,” said Jim Little, Burger Lounge’s Culinary Director.

The cheese is from Herbivorous Butcher, while the grain fonio is sourced by Yolélé. Though Burger Lounge is far from the first restaurant chain to offer a vegan burger, it is the only establishment introducing fonio in its version.

Try the burger for yourself at one of the chain’s nine San Diego locations in Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Del Sur/4S Ranch, Gaslamp, Hillcrest, Kensington, La Jolla and Little Italy.