Not eating meat doesn't have to mean forgoing the flavour. Here, we've picked eight Cardiff spots where you can be guaranteed a tasty veggie or vegan burger - meat-free of course, but still gosh-damn delicious.

Opening on Monday, the Greazy Vegan is the perfect antidote to the preachy, smug narrative that so often surrounds veganism and 'clean eating', making it seem unapproachable and unaffordable. Sick of the constant cycle of kale and quinoa, the chefs at Greazy Vegan decided to take a stand, and began cooking the indulgent, greasy, tasty junk food of their wildest drunken fantasies – completely cruelty free. Thus, Greazy Vegan was born, bringing joy to junk food-loving vegans across Cardiff.

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This all-vegan restaurant is a big hit even with Cardiff’s carnivores and we think it’d be criminal not to try one of the banging vegan burgers. The 'ultimate burger' is just that: a red lentil and beetroot patty with TWO onion rings and all the trimmings plus some of the best chips in town.

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Get down to Kongs for some of the best burgers in Cardiff, courtesy of the kitchen-takeover from Bristol expats, Burger Theory. There are four veggie options on the menu and the Southern Hippie, a dreamy doubling of portabello mushroom and halloumi, can also be made vegan if needs be. If you get bored of eating (as if), you can always play one of Kongs' arcade games or have a crack at table tennis.

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Milgi is definitely Cardiff’s most innovative vegetarian restaurant, and the Thai sweet potato burger is no exception. It comes with a smooth satay sauce and is served with garlic roasted potatoes, green beans and chickpeas – refreshingly different. We also love the new 'supergeen' burger, which you can enjoy with a mojito with our #CardiffBurgerWeek Wriggle deal.

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The Grazing Shed is famous for its fresh flavours and friendly staff and was shortlisted in last year’s Britain’s Best Burger competition. It’s not just for meat heads either: there are three vegetarian burgers (the Hell Fire Hippy is heavenly) as well as the Vegan Wah Wah, plus you can swap any of the meaty burger combos for a veggie version.

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Don’t be fooled by the name: there are plenty of non-beefy burgers at this cool café bar on Cowbridge Rd, and once a week, on Meatless Mondays, the whole menu goes vegetarian and vegan. We love the pulled oyster burger with hickory BBQ sauce. Feeling ravenous? Try the #CardiffBurgerWeek three-course burger feast for two.

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We’re big fans of this friendly vegetarian café, and we’re in good company too, as its new site was opened by rock legend, Chrissie Hynde. The burgers (there are six to choose from) are wholesome but huge so be prepared for a proper feeding - you'll be waddling home afterwards.

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Spit & Sawdust give the game away with their name – this is a skate park, after all, not some cosy design concept. But the organic burgers have put this place on the map of discerning burger hunters; where else will you find handmade organic beef burgers for under a fiver? Or tofu burgers as delicious as any meaty feast? With everything made from scratch, and bread from local heavyweights Allen's, this is food made with love and attention, at a price which makes you double-take.

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Published -15th May 2018