For the red meat lover, Jackson has a lot of steakhouses and fine dining establishments boasting a fresh selection of local meat products. But for those leading a plant-based diet, the options may not be as readily apparent. You don’t have to be a carnivore to enjoy a well-crafted burger, which is why I’ve tracked down the places around town with alternative options to the classic beef patty. Can I get a veggie burger, medium rare, please? Coming right up.
The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill keeps it simple with three burger options: beef, buffalo or veggie. The veggie burger’s flavors are enhanced with a roasted red pepper aioli, smoked Gouda, arugula, and sesame seed bun. For just $12, this burger includes a choice of side: French fries, house made potato salad or apple coleslaw. For a small upcharge, substitute sweet potato fries, hand cut steak fries, onion rings, a side of greens, Caesar salad or a cup of soup.
Liberty Burger has cleverly concocted a variety of a la carte burger options that extend beyond the beef to include a bison burger option, lamb burger, turkey burger, and even an ahi tuna burger. But in this case, the Woodstock burger earns the spotlight. This chopped vegetable burger is served on a cracked wheat bun and topped with Swiss cheese, spring greens, avocado, tomato, and basil garlic aioli. Pair it with a simple salad or some of their tasty onion rings.
At Lotus, they’re going above and beyond to pursue as many vegan, dairy free, and gluten free options in their food as possible. Challenge accepted — they’ve developed a vegan burger. This patty consists of quinoa, brown rice, sunflower seeds and legumes. Topped with tomato, lettuce, sautéed onions and roasted garlic aioli, feel free to add organic cheddar cheese, avocado or kimchi.
The menu at Sidewinders boasts nine specialty burger options, from classics like the mushroom Swiss to the more unique Hawaiian with grilled pineapple, ham and mozzarella cheese. On any of these burgers, their black bean patty may be substituted. Or, make it your own with their build your own burger option. Start with the black bean patty, and then choose between a potato bun, gluten free bun, or lettuce wrap. Top it with cheese and anything from bacon to coleslaw to make it your own.
Despite its name, at The Bunnery, just as much thought goes into conceiving what’s between the bun as the bun itself. They’ve got your classics covered, in addition to three carefully crafted signature burgers. Here you’ll find the viva burger: fresh vegetarian bean burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and guacamole dressing. Add cheese for $1 more.
All Local burgers are customized to order. They are served on a sesame bun with lettuce, house mayo and pickles. Cheese and additional toppings are $.50 each. Specialty toppings like Cabot cheddar, avocado, fried egg or foi gras are extra. These burgers come with a choice of fries or side salad. The veggie burger patty is composed of roasted wild mushrooms, black beans and red quinoa. Flavorful and texturally appropriate.