Looking for veggie or vegan burgers?
Look no further!
You’ll find the obligatory veggie option in any of Cologne’s burger restaurants but where can you get a truly mouth-watering vegetarian or vegan burger?
In search of the answer, I munched my way through what Cologne has to offer in the way of vegan burgers to present my top five for you here. I hope my recommendations will help you find something suitable – irrespective of whether you’re a vegan or vegetarian yourself or eating out with friends who don’t do meat.
I’ll start with my favourite – Freddy Schilling is simply an all-round pleaser with lovely interiors, really friendly and helpful staff, hand-cut fries and own-made sauces. The vegan patty (made from white beans, chickpeas, beetroot, mushrooms, onions and tempura) can be combined with any option on the menu by skipping the cheese or swapping the sauce depending on whether you go for a veggie or a vegan burger. They even have gluten-free buns. My burger was absolutely divine!
This cute little burger bar in the Belgian Quarter comes a close second. The crew are ever so friendly and funny – guaranteed to put you in a good mood too. They make their own sauces and there’s even vegan mayo. The veggie burger is vegan with avocado sauce, basil & tomato pesto plus the usual toppings. It was delicious but I couldn’t help feeling the soya-based patty could have done with a little more seasoning. Guess I’ll have to go back. 🙂
Marx & Engels
What an awesome-looking burger restaurant – the interior design is amazing! The background music is slightly weird (not to mention the waiters’ and waitresses’ outfits) but let’s not dwell on that – after all, it’s the burgers that count!
And Marx & Engels’ burgers are good. There are three vegan burgers on the menu plus a veggie burger weekly special. The combinations of ingredients are great and all the mayos are vegan. I marked this one down too for slightly underseasoned patties but that could still change…
menz Burger is tucked away in a side street off Hansaring. It doesn’t look much from the outside – in fact, the front door is slightly hidden by a large tree – but the inside has a nice industrial look to it even though the contrasting red walls were a bit too much for my liking.
The vegan patty is turned into a veggie variation by adding Gouda goat’s cheese. Both types come in standard and “pimped”, e.g. with grilled vegetables. I really enjoyed the vegan patty but the other ingredients didn’t really do it for me – could do with some refining. But the fries were fantastic!
Address: Krefelder Str. 12, 50670 Cologne
A refurbished pharmacy is home to Hornochse – another nicely furnished eatery, right in the middle of the lively district of Nippes. Sadly, the waiter must have got out of the wrong side of bed on the day I was there – either he didn’t feel like answering my questions or he didn’t know the answers. Pity!
The falafel or portobello patty can be combined with one of the options on the menu and the meat or cheese simply left off. The ingredients in the Yokozuna falafel burger were good but I found the patty too dry – they need to be juicier.