Forget a Portobello mushroom in a bun – these are the real deal…

1. Burgerfuel


What: The V-Dub Vege

Cost: Dhs32

Now here’s a place that hasn’t scrimped on the veggie option: a hefty bun packed with a deliciously gooey mess of pumpkin, carrot, chickpea, ginger bites, beetroot topped with melted cheese.

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur to Sat 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 325 3416. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.  ALSO: Al Barsha, Dubai World Trade Centre, The Palm, JBR, Jumeirah Park Pavilion, Mirdif, Sheikh Zayed Road

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2. The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory

What: Veggie Burger

Cost: Dhs52

Get your mouth round this mammoth burger, made from brown rice, mushroom, farro grains and black beans, all in a toasted bun and finished off with cheese and served with French fries or a green salad.

Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 3549362. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates.

3. Brunswick Sports Club

Brunswick Sports Club

What: The Verger

Cost: Dhs65

This boisterous burger is stuffed with roasted sweet potato, capsicum jam, grilled onions, avocado and veggie chips all smothered in slaw.

Sheraton Dubai Mall Of The Emirates Hotel, Dubai, daily noon until 2am. Tel: (04) 3529535. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates.

4. The Counter

The Counter

What: Sprouted Veggie

Cost: Dhs29

Choose your own toppings to complement this vegan pattie, (we’re fond of the avo), or skip the decision making and go for the ‘sprouted veggie’ with red onion, roasted red pepper and alfalfa sprouts all in a multigrain bun.

The Beach, JBR, Dubai, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (05) 26408814. Metro: JLT.

5. Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

What: Billy The Kid

Cost: Dh36

GBK boasts five veggie burger options. We recommend ‘Billy The Kid’: layers of goat cheese, grilled aubergine, salad, pesto, a kick of harissa mayor and sour pickled baby onions.

Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 11am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 5509296. Metro: JLT.

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