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Portland’s Top-Notch Vegan Burgers and Sandwiches

Juicy Impossible burgers, fried faux chicken sandwiches, gooey grilled cheese, and more

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In Portland, there’s no shortage of meatless burgers and sandwiches for vegans and vegetarians, thanks to the city’s many animal-free restaurants, food carts, and breweries. Some use the hottest vegan meat alternatives, while others craft satisfyingly “meaty” veggie patties in-house.

This latest update to the Eater vegan burger and sandwich map ventures north to Vancouver and as far south as Sellwood to highlight some of Portland’s most memorable burgers and sandwiches, from no frills classic hamburgers to impressive stacked behemoths. It’s best to check each restaurant’s dine in, takeout, and delivery status before making plans for outdoor dining or socially distanced picnics.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Note: The restaurants on this map are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, Downtown Vancouver’s The Mighty Bowl is home to Moo, a burger shop pop-up that opened in mid-August with separate ordering and pickup windows for outdoor pandemic dining. The food menu is simple, offering four juicy Impossible burgers drizzled with house-made vegan sauces, like roasted garlic aioli and pineapple habanero, and accompanied by shoestring fries. Moo is also available for delivery.

A picture of the Moo burger at Moo
Moo Burger
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Flourish

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Under new owner Halle VanNatta, the carrot corn dogs continue to be a hot item at this vegan, gluten-free food truck at the St. Johns Beer Porch. However, Flourish’s vegetable-heavy take on a burger is not to be missed. Think: a brilliant red, house-made beet-lentil-walnut patty, topped with fresh greens, garlic aioli, chimichurri, house pickles, and fried shallots. Customers can add cashew mozzarella to make it a veggie cheeseburger.

Black Seed Burger Cult

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Black Seed Burger Cult’s menu proudly displays the magic words every vegan wants to see: “Everything on the menu can be made vegan.” House-formed Before the Butcher patties and melty Chao cheese are served on the namesake black sesame buns. Vegans can choose between classic hamburgers, fried “chicken” karaage burgers, or mouthwatering creations like The K12 with gluten-based “bacon,” grilled mushrooms, and roasted jalapenos. Black Seed is available for takeout and delivery; customers can place an order by calling.

The Mocking Bird

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This vegan fried chicken cart serves shockingly meaty soy protein “chicken” coated in a well seasoned batter. Best devoured at Rose City Food Park, so the fried exterior retains its delectable crunch, the faux chicken is loaded with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and cashew mac and cheese for the ultimate comfort food sandwich. The Mocking Bird will be opening a second location at BG’s Food Cartel in Beaverton soon.

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The Mockingbird buffalo sandwich
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Black Water Bar

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Black Water, Portland’s dive-y punk metal venue, serves an all-vegan menu, including one of the best house made burgers in town. The “meaty” black bean, seitan, and beet burger comes in several variations, like the Western with tempeh bacon and crispy fried onions and the Scorpion with melty Chao cheese grilled jalapenos. Toppings are thoughtfully separated for delivery orders, so the burger doesn’t get soggy in transit. Black Water’s menu is available for takeout or delivery.

Located in the parking lot of Jet Black Coffee Company, this vegan cart serves gooey grilled cheese sandwiches with maple bacon tempeh and barbecue soy curls, plus savory tomato soup for dunking. An animal lover, owner Betsy Kniffin names all the sandwiches after the pets of family and friends. Ditto currently uses Good Planet and Follow Your Heart cheeses, but will switch to house-made cheeses this fall.

A picture of The Finn grilled cheese sandwich at Ditto
The Finn at Ditto
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Miami Nice

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Many flock to this flamingo-adorned vegan Cuban restaurant for golden empanadas, but Miami Nice’s Cubano should not be overlooked. Served with a side of yuca fries, layers of marinated jackfruit, house ham, Violife cheese, Dijon mustard, and crunchy pickles are pressed between house bread for the ideal socially distanced picnic sandwich, complete with a pink flamingo toothpick. Miami Nice takes online orders for pickup as well as walk-ins.

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Miami Nice Cuban sandwich
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Dinger’s Deli at Century Bar

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Popular Belmont food cart Dinger’s Deli is currently slinging its delightfully messy creations at Century Bar. The sandwiches are filled with house-made, wheat-based salami, garlic fennel “vegballs,” stringy pulled jackfruit, and melty coconut oil-based cheese. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for specials, like cheesesteak hoagies, pastrami Ruebens, and smoked eggless salad sandwiches. Customers can order for pickup online.

Modern Times

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At this San Diego-based brewery, the double burger stands out on Modern Times’ entirely vegan gastropub-style menu. The impressive burger arrives with two seared Beyond burger patties, gooey coconut-based cheese, house-made Thousand Island dressing, crunchy garlic dill pickles, and sweet shallot jam on a pretzel bun. Those looking for a less intense burger experience can grab the modest single-patty slider with classic fixings instead. The restaurant is offering its menu for takeout, with online ordering, as well.

D.C. Vegetarian

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At this Division Street diner-style shop, vegans can have their pick of animal-free burgers and sandwiches, from traditional burgers with standard fixings to messy-delicious creations like the soy curl po’ boy with spicy remoulade. D.C. Vegetarian’s faux meats include house patties made of oats, vital wheat gluten, and TVP, as well as Before the Butcher patties, house seitan, and tempeh bacon. DC accepts takeout orders through an online site and via phone, and also offers delivery through Postmates.

Thunderbird Bar

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This trendy, vegan-friendly bar in the Foster-Powell neighborhood serves a host of meatless burgers and sliders — the only Portland restaurant with that many popular vegan meat alternatives under one roof. Since pivoting to takeout and delivery, Thunderbird Bar offers Beyond burger kits with the essentials for an at-home burger night. Thunderbird takes pickup orders online or via phone.

Off The Griddle

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Originally a veggie burger food cart, Off the Griddle’s menu now skews brunch-centric, but its burger roots live on through the Nashville hot “chicken” with coleslaw and the seitan Reuben with apple sauerkraut. From time to time, old cart favorites like the house veggie burger — made of mushrooms, leeks, wild and brown rice — make an appearance in specials, which are announced on Instagram. Off the Griddle takes orders online for takeout and also offers delivery through Grubhub.

Supernova Vegan

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This Sellwood food cart is known for its mac and cheese burrito, but the tempeh sandwiches are no joke. The Space Cowboy delivers thick slabs of crispy tempeh, smothered with smoky barbecue sauce and refreshing jalapeno citrus slaw, while the Hercules — Supernova’s take on a vegan banh mi — arrives stacked with cool slivers of pickled carrot and cucumber, cilantro, basil, and mint.

Moo

A picture of the Moo burger at Moo
Moo Burger
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On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, Downtown Vancouver’s The Mighty Bowl is home to Moo, a burger shop pop-up that opened in mid-August with separate ordering and pickup windows for outdoor pandemic dining. The food menu is simple, offering four juicy Impossible burgers drizzled with house-made vegan sauces, like roasted garlic aioli and pineapple habanero, and accompanied by shoestring fries. Moo is also available for delivery.

A picture of the Moo burger at Moo
Moo Burger
Waz Wu/EPDX

Flourish

Under new owner Halle VanNatta, the carrot corn dogs continue to be a hot item at this vegan, gluten-free food truck at the St. Johns Beer Porch. However, Flourish’s vegetable-heavy take on a burger is not to be missed. Think: a brilliant red, house-made beet-lentil-walnut patty, topped with fresh greens, garlic aioli, chimichurri, house pickles, and fried shallots. Customers can add cashew mozzarella to make it a veggie cheeseburger.

Black Seed Burger Cult

Black Seed Burger Cult’s menu proudly displays the magic words every vegan wants to see: “Everything on the menu can be made vegan.” House-formed Before the Butcher patties and melty Chao cheese are served on the namesake black sesame buns. Vegans can choose between classic hamburgers, fried “chicken” karaage burgers, or mouthwatering creations like The K12 with gluten-based “bacon,” grilled mushrooms, and roasted jalapenos. Black Seed is available for takeout and delivery; customers can place an order by calling.

The Mocking Bird

A picture of the vegan buffalo chicken sandwich at The Mockingbird
The Mockingbird buffalo sandwich
Waz Wu/EPDX

This vegan fried chicken cart serves shockingly meaty soy protein “chicken” coated in a well seasoned batter. Best devoured at Rose City Food Park, so the fried exterior retains its delectable crunch, the faux chicken is loaded with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and cashew mac and cheese for the ultimate comfort food sandwich. The Mocking Bird will be opening a second location at BG’s Food Cartel in Beaverton soon.

A picture of the vegan buffalo chicken sandwich at The Mockingbird
The Mockingbird buffalo sandwich
Waz Wu/EPDX

Black Water Bar

Black Water, Portland’s dive-y punk metal venue, serves an all-vegan menu, including one of the best house made burgers in town. The “meaty” black bean, seitan, and beet burger comes in several variations, like the Western with tempeh bacon and crispy fried onions and the Scorpion with melty Chao cheese grilled jalapenos. Toppings are thoughtfully separated for delivery orders, so the burger doesn’t get soggy in transit. Black Water’s menu is available for takeout or delivery.

Ditto

A picture of The Finn grilled cheese sandwich at Ditto
The Finn at Ditto
Waz Wu/EPDX

Located in the parking lot of Jet Black Coffee Company, this vegan cart serves gooey grilled cheese sandwiches with maple bacon tempeh and barbecue soy curls, plus savory tomato soup for dunking. An animal lover, owner Betsy Kniffin names all the sandwiches after the pets of family and friends. Ditto currently uses Good Planet and Follow Your Heart cheeses, but will switch to house-made cheeses this fall.

A picture of The Finn grilled cheese sandwich at Ditto
The Finn at Ditto
Waz Wu/EPDX

Miami Nice

A picture of the Cuban sandwich at Miami Nice
Miami Nice Cuban sandwich
Waz Wu/EPDX

Many flock to this flamingo-adorned vegan Cuban restaurant for golden empanadas, but Miami Nice’s Cubano should not be overlooked. Served with a side of yuca fries, layers of marinated jackfruit, house ham, Violife cheese, Dijon mustard, and crunchy pickles are pressed between house bread for the ideal socially distanced picnic sandwich, complete with a pink flamingo toothpick. Miami Nice takes online orders for pickup as well as walk-ins.

A picture of the Cuban sandwich at Miami Nice
Miami Nice Cuban sandwich
Waz Wu/EPDX

Dinger’s Deli at Century Bar

Popular Belmont food cart Dinger’s Deli is currently slinging its delightfully messy creations at Century Bar. The sandwiches are filled with house-made, wheat-based salami, garlic fennel “vegballs,” stringy pulled jackfruit, and melty coconut oil-based cheese. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for specials, like cheesesteak hoagies, pastrami Ruebens, and smoked eggless salad sandwiches. Customers can order for pickup online.

Modern Times

At this San Diego-based brewery, the double burger stands out on Modern Times’ entirely vegan gastropub-style menu. The impressive burger arrives with two seared Beyond burger patties, gooey coconut-based cheese, house-made Thousand Island dressing, crunchy garlic dill pickles, and sweet shallot jam on a pretzel bun. Those looking for a less intense burger experience can grab the modest single-patty slider with classic fixings instead. The restaurant is offering its menu for takeout, with online ordering, as well.

D.C. Vegetarian

At this Division Street diner-style shop, vegans can have their pick of animal-free burgers and sandwiches, from traditional burgers with standard fixings to messy-delicious creations like the soy curl po’ boy with spicy remoulade. D.C. Vegetarian’s faux meats include house patties made of oats, vital wheat gluten, and TVP, as well as Before the Butcher patties, house seitan, and tempeh bacon. DC accepts takeout orders through an online site and via phone, and also offers delivery through Postmates.

Thunderbird Bar

This trendy, vegan-friendly bar in the Foster-Powell neighborhood serves a host of meatless burgers and sliders — the only Portland restaurant with that many popular vegan meat alternatives under one roof. Since pivoting to takeout and delivery, Thunderbird Bar offers Beyond burger kits with the essentials for an at-home burger night. Thunderbird takes pickup orders online or via phone.

Off The Griddle

Originally a veggie burger food cart, Off the Griddle’s menu now skews brunch-centric, but its burger roots live on through the Nashville hot “chicken” with coleslaw and the seitan Reuben with apple sauerkraut. From time to time, old cart favorites like the house veggie burger — made of mushrooms, leeks, wild and brown rice — make an appearance in specials, which are announced on Instagram. Off the Griddle takes orders online for takeout and also offers delivery through Grubhub.

Supernova Vegan

This Sellwood food cart is known for its mac and cheese burrito, but the tempeh sandwiches are no joke. The Space Cowboy delivers thick slabs of crispy tempeh, smothered with smoky barbecue sauce and refreshing jalapeno citrus slaw, while the Hercules — Supernova’s take on a vegan banh mi — arrives stacked with cool slivers of pickled carrot and cucumber, cilantro, basil, and mint.

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