Many people start off the New Year with resolutions to eat better. Everybody wants to change, but nobody wants to give up his or her favorite foods. Now, you do not have to. A vegan diet is a whole foods, plant-based diet that omits animals and their by-products (no milk, eggs or dairy cheese). Before one wonders what is left to eat, there are plenty of things, including burgers, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area has a plethora of places to enjoy one of America’s favorite foods.
Spiral Diner
1101 N. Beckley
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 948-4747
www.spiraldiner.com

Dallas’ most well-known vegan restaurant offers five vegan burgers with three differentpatty choices. Patty choices are classic burger patty (completely vegan), a cashew-quinoapatty or a Portobello patty. The varieties of vegan burgers are the Spiral Burger topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, mayo, ketchup and mustard on a toasted bun; the Big Kahuna Burger with grilled pineapple, homemade bacon, grilled onions, cheese, lettuce, jalapenos and mayo with barbecue sauce on the side; El Paso Burger with chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickled jalapenos, red onions and guacamole on a toasted bun; Cowboy Burger with homemade bacon, barbecue sauce, mustard, mayo, pickles, lettuce and red onions and finally the Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger with ranch dressing, homemade bacon, cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes on a toasted bun. For an added bonus, they also offer a Patty Melt with melted cheese and grilled onions on grilled toast with a side of mayo.

Sundown At Granada
3520 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-8305
www.sundownatgranada.comNext to the Granada Theater is Sundown at the Granada. This beer garden and restaurant owned by Mike Schoder and Julia Garton serves up an eclectic non-GMO menu. The Buddha Burger is a house-made quinoa veggie patty served on a gluten-free bun with avocado and Baja slaw and comes with sweet potato fries. Quinoa is a grain that also serves as a protein, which is a bonus from nature. The burger is moist and would easily satisfy a carnivore’s desire for a “meaty” tasting burger.

Buffalo Bluez
4200 Legacy Drive
Plano, TX 75024
972-618-2833
www.buffalobluez.com

Chef Sean Cahill’s quest for a better burger led him to create his own. The chef known for fine French cuisine and exquisite American fare has something for everyone at Buffalo Bluez. The Rockin’ Robin is a vegan burger topped with the freshest ingredients including Pico de Gallo, sautéed corn, lettuce and tomato.

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Liberty Burger
3617 Shire Blvd.
Richardson, TX 75082
(972) 907-3707
www.givemelibertyburger.com

The Liberty Burger has five locations throughout the metroplex. The Woodstock burger is a patty made of chopped vegetables (mushrooms, red onions, red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, garlic, carrots), brown rice, flax seeds, garbanzo beans, chia seeds, quinoa and hemp hearts, topped with spring mix, tomato and avocado on a multi-grain bun. Be sure to order it vegan and omit the Swiss cheese and basil garlic aioli. It is a burger that will have you saying “om.”

Hunky’s
321 Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-3322
www.hunkys.com

Hunky’s has two locations — Oaklawn and Bishop Arts — and features two vegan burgers. The Veggie Swiss Burger is a garden burger with mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce and tomato on a wheat bun. The Black Bean Burger comes with Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce and tomato on a wheat bun. To order either burger vegan, just ask for no cheese.

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