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14 Ultimate Burgers Without Beef

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Grilling season is finally getting started, and restaurant menus are featuring more burgers than ever. But how can you try them all without getting a little bit sick of beef? And what's a vegetarian to do? Alter your routine with 14 of the most creative non-beef burgers around town, from veggie-based options to seafood and poultry to game. Whether you're looking for a chicken burger topped with mac and cheese or a panko-crusted portabella slathered with chili and Fritos, there's something for just about any taste.


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1. True Bistro

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1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 627-9000
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Teele Square Burger ($11): A seitan burger with caramelized onions, ranch dressing, and avocado, served with housemade French fries. It’s only available on the brunch menu, and it’s 100% vegan. [Photo: True Bistro/Facebook]

2. Boston Burger Company

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37 Davis Sq
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 440-7361
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Bahama Mama ($8.95): This Davis Square (and now Back Bay) mainstay has an insane selection of burgers, which includes a few non-beef options. This is probably the only place you can find a conch burger in the area. It comes topped with mango salsa and jerk mayo. [Photo: Boston Burger Company/Facebook]

3. Olde Magoun's Saloon

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518 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-2600
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Trailer Park ($9.95): Any of Magoun’s 17 burgers can be ordered with a chicken breast or a vegan patty instead of beef. Try the Trailer Park, which is topped with mac & cheese and cherry BBQ sauce on griddled Texas toast. [Photo: Olde Magoun's Saloon/Official Website]

4. Burger Dive

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702 Assembly Square Drive
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 628-3300
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Frito Chili-Cheddar Burger ($6.99): This Somerville newcomer lets you “cluck it up” and substitute crispy chicken breast, ground turkey, or panko-crusted portabella for beef in any burger. Try the Frito chili-cheddar burger - five-alarm chili, minced scallions, Fritos, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Burger Dive/Facebook]

5. Highland Kitchen

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150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-1131
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Black Bean Veggie Burger ($8.95): Their standard cheeseburger is a perfect specimen, but many guests actually swear by the veggie burger, topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and jack cheese, served with house pickles and a choice of fries or mixed greens. [Photo: Highland Kitchen/Facebook]

6. Trina's Starlite Lounge

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3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0006
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Turkey Burger ($10): Trina’s has a reputation for great hot dogs, but they don’t shy away from burgers. The turkey burger is topped with caramelized onions, spicy mango salsa, and succotash salad. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

7. Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

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1246 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-6559
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The (Sexy) Rexy Ryan ($10.25): A chicken burger with bleu cheese, hot sauce, and French fries. [Photo: Yelp/Samantha E.]

8. Four Burgers

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704 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 441-5444
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Wild Salmon Burger ($8.75): One of the restaurant’s four namesake burgers, it’s topped with sesame slaw and soy mayo. [Photo: Four Burgers/Facebook]

9. Veggie Galaxy

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450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-1513
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Harvard Square ($9.95): Choose a chipotle black bean burger or mushroom chickpea burger topped with tarragon basil pesto, red cabbage slaw, and sweet corn mash. Served on house-made bun with side of dressed baby arugula and choice of potato salad or red cabbage slaw. Gluten-free bread is available for an extra 50 cents. [Photo: Veggie Galaxy/Official Website]

10. Max & Dylan's

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15 West St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-3600
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Tuna Burger ($13): Minced #1 tuna with ginger and a sriracha-soy glaze, served with homemade potato chips or French fries. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

11. Estelle's

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782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 250-2999
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Crispy Catfish Burger ($10.95): Pan-fried, breaded, spiced catfish topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and housemade b ‘n’ b pickles, served on a potato roll with house-cut fries and a variety of sauces. Estelle’s burgers are available during the restaurant’s “daytime burger joint” hours, from 11:30am to 5pm every day but Sunday. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

12. Local 149

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149 P St
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0900
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Lamb Burger ($14): Topped with a feta cheese “slab,” pickled red onions, and cucumber tzatziki and served on an English muffin. [Photo: Kitchen Misfit]

13. Tres Gatos

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470 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 477-4851
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Lamb Bocadillo ($8): This favorite on Tres Gatos’ tapas menu is perhaps more slider-sized than burger-sized, but an informal poll of Boston-area food enthusiasts revealed that many consider this to be their favorite non-beef burger in town. It’s topped with chimichurri and crispy shallots and served on a house-made potato roll. [Photo: Tres Gatos/Official Website]

14. Doyle's Cafe

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3484 Washington St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-2345
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Bison Burger ($15.99): A perfectly simple bison burger with a choice of American, Swiss, or cheddar cheese. Served with French fries, pickles, and choice of white, dark rye, or a roll. [Photo: Doyle's Cafe/Official Website]

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1. True Bistro

1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Teele Square Burger ($11): A seitan burger with caramelized onions, ranch dressing, and avocado, served with housemade French fries. It’s only available on the brunch menu, and it’s 100% vegan. [Photo: True Bistro/Facebook]
1153 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Boston Burger Company

37 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA 02144
Bahama Mama ($8.95): This Davis Square (and now Back Bay) mainstay has an insane selection of burgers, which includes a few non-beef options. This is probably the only place you can find a conch burger in the area. It comes topped with mango salsa and jerk mayo. [Photo: Boston Burger Company/Facebook]
37 Davis Sq
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Olde Magoun's Saloon

518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145
Trailer Park ($9.95): Any of Magoun’s 17 burgers can be ordered with a chicken breast or a vegan patty instead of beef. Try the Trailer Park, which is topped with mac & cheese and cherry BBQ sauce on griddled Texas toast. [Photo: Olde Magoun's Saloon/Official Website]
518 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145

4. Burger Dive

702 Assembly Square Drive, Somerville, MA 02145
Frito Chili-Cheddar Burger ($6.99): This Somerville newcomer lets you “cluck it up” and substitute crispy chicken breast, ground turkey, or panko-crusted portabella for beef in any burger. Try the Frito chili-cheddar burger - five-alarm chili, minced scallions, Fritos, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Burger Dive/Facebook]
702 Assembly Square Drive
Somerville, MA 02145

5. Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
Black Bean Veggie Burger ($8.95): Their standard cheeseburger is a perfect specimen, but many guests actually swear by the veggie burger, topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and jack cheese, served with house pickles and a choice of fries or mixed greens. [Photo: Highland Kitchen/Facebook]
150 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

6. Trina's Starlite Lounge

3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Turkey Burger ($10): Trina’s has a reputation for great hot dogs, but they don’t shy away from burgers. The turkey burger is topped with caramelized onions, spicy mango salsa, and succotash salad. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
3 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

7. Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
The (Sexy) Rexy Ryan ($10.25): A chicken burger with bleu cheese, hot sauce, and French fries. [Photo: Yelp/Samantha E.]
1246 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

8. Four Burgers

704 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Wild Salmon Burger ($8.75): One of the restaurant’s four namesake burgers, it’s topped with sesame slaw and soy mayo. [Photo: Four Burgers/Facebook]
704 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Veggie Galaxy

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Harvard Square ($9.95): Choose a chipotle black bean burger or mushroom chickpea burger topped with tarragon basil pesto, red cabbage slaw, and sweet corn mash. Served on house-made bun with side of dressed baby arugula and choice of potato salad or red cabbage slaw. Gluten-free bread is available for an extra 50 cents. [Photo: Veggie Galaxy/Official Website]
450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Max & Dylan's

15 West St, Boston, MA 02111
Tuna Burger ($13): Minced #1 tuna with ginger and a sriracha-soy glaze, served with homemade potato chips or French fries. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
15 West St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Estelle's

782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
Crispy Catfish Burger ($10.95): Pan-fried, breaded, spiced catfish topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and housemade b ‘n’ b pickles, served on a potato roll with house-cut fries and a variety of sauces. Estelle’s burgers are available during the restaurant’s “daytime burger joint” hours, from 11:30am to 5pm every day but Sunday. [Photo: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]
782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

12. Local 149

149 P St, South Boston, MA 02127
Lamb Burger ($14): Topped with a feta cheese “slab,” pickled red onions, and cucumber tzatziki and served on an English muffin. [Photo: Kitchen Misfit]
149 P St
South Boston, MA 02127

13. Tres Gatos

470 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130
Lamb Bocadillo ($8): This favorite on Tres Gatos’ tapas menu is perhaps more slider-sized than burger-sized, but an informal poll of Boston-area food enthusiasts revealed that many consider this to be their favorite non-beef burger in town. It’s topped with chimichurri and crispy shallots and served on a house-made potato roll. [Photo: Tres Gatos/Official Website]
470 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130

14. Doyle's Cafe

3484 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130
Bison Burger ($15.99): A perfectly simple bison burger with a choice of American, Swiss, or cheddar cheese. Served with French fries, pickles, and choice of white, dark rye, or a roll. [Photo: Doyle's Cafe/Official Website]
3484 Washington St
Boston, MA 02130

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