Think giving up meat means giving up burgers? Think again, friend.

And we certainly don’t mean the dry, tasteless, frozen atrocities you get elsewhere. Brighton’s top foodie minds have excelled themselves in recent years, creating a startling array of guilt-free mouthwatering creations, all without meat in sight.

Here’s Wriggle’s pick of Brighton’s finest vegetarian burgers. Or if you want to go fully plant-based, here's a run down of our favourite vegan burgers in the city

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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Ever had an Indian Burger? No thought not, enter Jaldee Jaldee. Based in Bottom's Rest they're knocking out one of Brighton's most unique burgers. The delicious veggie options on offer include their signature ​Aloo Tikki Burger - aloo tikki patty, topped with a crunchy Indian mix dressed with homemade garlic chutney, green chutney, tamarind chutney, pickled cucumber, red onions, drizzled with spiced mayonnaise. Simply divine!

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Like the Mash Tun boozer it calls home, Burger Kult’s wares are lively, juicy and dripping with good humour. A friendly, informal bite in the heart of town. The Holy Ray comes with Griddled halloumi, Sriracha mayo, orange & chipotle BBQ, corn tortilla chips, mixed leaf, plum tomato & shaved red onion.

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This super cool Kemptown bar are infamous for their boozy beer garden but did you know they do cracking burgers too. We highly recommend the Halloumi Burger, just listen to this … Panko Halloumi, Sweet Potato Crisps, Frisse and Chilli Jam all wrapped up in a lip-smacking brioche bun. Get yourself a tasty craft beer to go with and pop yourself in their suntrap of a garden for a luxurious afternoon of foodie bliss.

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Prepared by two of the biggest characters on the Brighton burger scene, the veggie option (and specials) with mushroom and halloumi, plus light fluffy and challah-bread buns 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 French horn is famous for its oozy, gooey raclette but did you know they serve extra helpings of cheese heaven in their veggie burgers. A thick slice of Goat's Cheese, gently melted on a spread of home-made tapenade, topped with sun-dried tomatoes and baby artichokes marinated in garlic and parsley and finished with a drizzle of honey. Phwoar. Or how about the Rösti Burger, home-made mixed veggie rösti, sliced mushrooms, tarragon infused mayo, melted St. Nectaire cheese and fresh asparagus. Yum.

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Positioned on a corner of the gorgeous South Lanes, Food for Friends is an award-winning vegetarian restaurant with wonderfully-crafted flavours which could sway even the most stubborn of meat-eaters. Thier legendary burger consists of a black bean patty, grilled mozzarella, fresh salsa, coriander & lime avocado, crispy onion, crisp lettuce and harissa mayo.

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Because we don't encourage drinking on an empty stomach .. we want to introduce you to Loaded Food Co. who are in the kitchen at The Western. They're all about that pub food that you love: moreish snacks to share with your homies. The Grilled Halloumi Burger comes with roasted red pepper, lettuce, tomato, relish and paprika mayo.

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Just like this cracking tavern’s frothy namesake, when it comes to the Fountain Head we can’t stop gushing. A well-proportioned town centre boozer with a solid selection of local beer on tap and a quietly ecumenical flavour to the decor. Plus board games, books and a dog friendly vibe. It might not have outside space, but it does have big windows and is south-facing. Staff are always up for a chat. There’s couches, and tables of all sizes. As for food, the Sunday roast is justly lauded, but the scotch eggs are also a bit special, alongside your standard complement of burgers and smaller sides. Triple cooked chips, too. Whet your appetite yet?

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East Street Tap is Brighton’s oldest boozer dating from at least 1568. It has had many incarnations over the years and has had a rather interesting history. It’s now home to a mouth watering selection of keg and cask beers from both local brewers like Gun based in Berwick and international brewers from as far afield as New Zealand. Newbies in the kitchen are 'The Shameless Kitchen' and they're cooking up a storm with their delish burgers. The Battered Halloumi Burger, with roasted red pepper and sweet chilli sauce is the ultimate late night pub grub.

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The all-veggie pub a short stroll down from the station generally keep it seasonal, but the roast veggie bean burger with onion jam, basil mayo, mozzarella salad & chips is a reliable staple, perfect when washed down with a few pints in this classic pub atmosphere.

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If you’re a veggie that loves cheese, this is for you. Seriously, like this is the cheesiest burger you will ever lay your eyes on. Let us talk you through it, chilli jam, gherkins, rocket … (wait for it) …. pan fried halloumi, and MAC & CHEESE. Jeesh, our mouths are watering just thinking about it. One for the Insta for sure, and be warned you will be having the cheesiest of dreams.

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Published -19th August 2019