There's just something so magical about a burger, a delicious patty, something saucy, a bit o' green and a big old bun. But why are we sooo obsessed with them? Is it because you can literally stuff anything in there, is it because they're always within budget, is it the familiarity of them being found everywhere, or is it just simply because all that carby goodness tastes so frikkin good?!

Whatever your reasoning, we've traversed Brighton's mammoth food scene to dig out the tastiest plant based burgers in town. So all you need to do is choose one (or five), eat, and prepare to enter burger euphoria.  

This brand new gourmet fried chicken shop rack up some banging vegan faux chicken burgers. The Hot as Cluck is a vegan faux chicken patty, spicy chipotle dairy-free slaw, lettuce, pickled cucumber and a sourdough roll. Fiery. They even do vegan nuggs and crispy cauliflower pieces to have on the side too, delish!

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Wolfsmouth are hitting their second burger menu at London Road favourite, The World’s End. Unlike their sister burger pop-up, the burgers here will have a heavy weighting towards vegan and vegetarian burgers and snacks. Their plant based delights are just as delicious as their meaty counterparts and the homemade seitan has a big part to play. Using their extensive experience, knowledge and open-thinking, Wolfsmouth focus on ingredients which are often overlooked and strive to make them extraordinary.

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Yes that’s right, Brighton has its very own gaming cafe — right on the beach! One of the Loading Bar group, C:\Side Quest is the place to go if you fancy a coffee, a piece of cake, a quick gaming sesh and a great view. With four 4k screens, consoles old, vintage arcades, and a huge selection of board games, there’s something for everyone. They whip up a mean vegan slider, you can choose between The Seitan Slider - Crispy seitan patty, baby gem lettuce, tomato and vegan mayo or The Jackfruit Slider - Pulled Jackfruit, hoisin sauce, cucumber, vegan mayo. Either way, you're in for a treat.

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Nice Buns is the new, tasty act behind Sidewinders kitchen, serving incredible burgers, hot dogs, vegan delights, small plates and some pretty epic Sunday Roasts. If you've got that burger feeling today, we have the perfect patty for you for you, the Seitan comes with crispy fried seitan, hoi sin BBQ sauce, house pickled veg, spring onion curls and and skin on fries.

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The Coffee Counter has always offered quality vegan options with an awesome selection of vegan toasties and a plant-based breakfast fit for royalty. Introducing the next chapter in this appetising saga, The Brighton Vegan Bagel Burger! That's a New York vegan bagel with veganaise topped with smoked tofu, salad dressed in chutney, tomatoes, gherkins, vegan mustard mayo and extra onion chutney. Oh em gee.

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Down on St James Street a brand new foodie experience has just opened. Owners Tomasz and Atilla describe it as ‘A relaxed sandwich restaurant for everyday of the week.’ Both of these experienced chefs are formerly of Brighton’s favourite veggie eatery - Food for Friends and have decades of cooking knowledge behind them as well as a long lived friendship. Together they develop creative recipes using locally sourced ingredients that not only satisfy the tum, but nourish the senses. Their awesome vegan burger is The B Right On - Organic Tempeh Sandwich - Szechuan pepper tempeh with mirin, daikon, bok choy, pickled ginger, soy, oyster mushrooms & gochujang sauce.

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Get yourself over to The Joker, grab a table, or the railway carriage-style booth, and settle in for some plant based tastiness. The Very Vegan Burger is a beetroot and mint patty with lemon and garlic yoghurt, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, if you’re feeling rather ravished double up your patty for an extra £1.50. Pro tip - grab some spiced aubergine vegan nuggets for the table, but be warned, once your mates get a taste they won’t last long.

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Listen up vegans of Brighton, The Tofu Social Club is now in residency at The Revelator and they’re dishing up an entirely vegan pub grub menu - including Sunday Roasts. The Panko Seitan Burger served with plum sauce, teriyaki mayo & rocket all wrapped up neatly in a brioche bun is going down a storm.

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This leviathan of a boozer on the corner of North Laine does a ridonkulously satisfying vegan burger. The Madras Burger comes with a chickpea and sweet potato madras patty, avocado, vegan mayo, tomato and mango kimchi. Pair with a cloudy IPA and send your taste-buds to flavour town.

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This cosy, doggo friendly cafe boast a 100% vegan menu and serve up super wholesome brekkies, lunches, puds and even Sunday roasts, but let’s get down to the good stuff. It’s all about the burgers, there’s 6 to choose from but we wanna tell you about the House BBQ burger - a Seitan 1⁄4 pounder with melted vegan cheese, streaky rasher, Ryan’s tangy BBQ sauce, caramelised red onions and pickles.

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Like the Mash Tun boozer it calls home, Burger Kult’s wares are lively, juicy and dripping with good humour. It's new addition to the menu, SwitchBlade, is a plant based dream come true - Grilled tofu, Chilli orange hoisin, Glazed kimchi, Vegan cheese, Sriracha slaw and a Sugar glazed bap. Pair with a pint and devour. A friendly, informal bite in the heart of town.

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It’s official, the B12 burger has landed in Brighton. Lucky beach has taken on the infamous Moving Mountains meatless patty, and currently is the only restaurant outside of London to stock the fully plant based burger. We’re sure you heard all the hype about this sizzling new addition to the vegan foodie scene when the product was launched in February this year. A huge amount of controversy surrounded the ‘raw bleeding burger’ concept that has primarily been focussed towards meat eaters rather than veggies, giving meat lovers a sustainable and healthy alternative.

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This Kemptown gastropub dish up some top-drawer pub grub, and our personal highlight of course is, the dang tasty vegan burger. A spiced bean burger with chilli jam and jalapenos with a side of epic chunky chips. We could eat this beauty ALL DAY. They have been known to whip out a vegan special every now and again too, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for seasonal specials.

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This eco-friendly boozer is the epitome of Brighton cool, and their menu is renowned with vegans throughout the city. But we specifically want to pay homage to the burger. The Jack Burger is simply out of this world. Smokey barbecue shredded jackfruit, caramelised onion, baby gem lettuce, gherkin mayo and a sesame burger bun. Trust us, you need this burger in your life.

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Prepared by two of the biggest characters on the Brighton burger scene, the vegan option has a patty made from butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli, baby sweetcorn and chestnut mushrooms, topped with roasted peppers, wild rocket, caramelised onions, salsa and vegan mayo. The burgers at this North Laine institution are justifiably world famous. Genuinely; not too long ago they were voted the best burger restaurant in the UK according to TripAdvisor. Bro!

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The Loving Hut are on a mission to make the world a greener place, and they’re doing that with their totally plant based menu. It’s a cheerful little vegan cafe in the North Laine that you’ll find every type of Brightonian has a fondness for. Tasty vegan burgers adorn the menu such as the The Big V Deluxe, The Ocean Burger and the Smoky BBQ.

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Published -1st January 2019