This tiny Chinatown spot turns out high-quality beef and house-made vegan burgers on the cheap. In the style of In-N-Out, Burgerlords sticks to a few menu items: hamburger (single or double), cheeseburger, vegan burger, vegan cheeseburger, and shoestring fries. You order at a walk-up window, and if you don't take your food to go, eat it at one of the sidewalk picnic tables.
Burgerlords is a picture-perfect fast food-style burger joint; the buns are squishy, the sauce is rich, the toppings are crisp, the fries are good, and the booths are classic but actually still clean. There’s only one thing out of the ordinary—it’s entirely vegan. As of 2020, there are no animal products anywhere in the house. But whether you’re a plant-based person or not, the fact remains—these are some outstanding burgers, with a house-made patty built fresh every day from a complicated recipe of 30 plants, grains, spices, and nuts. Grab your tofu nuggets, your tahini shake, and tuck in.
How to order: Pickup via Toast.
This beloved walk-up window started as a regular burger spot—you know, serving the usual, meaty kind—five years ago and quickly proved why they deserved the descriptor “Lords” in their name. In 2020, they made the switch to a completely vegan menu, including a proprietary, 30-ingredient vegan burger patty that doesn’t intend to replicate the taste of meat, but rather the heartiness and satisfaction that a burger leaves you with. It’s served on a sponge bun with Follow Your Heart American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and house-made 2,000 Island sauce. You can also get it gluten-free, in a sourdough garlic melt, or opt for a simple grilled cheese on rustic sourdough bread. Crispy tofu nuggets, In-n-out style “Lord of the Fries” with cheese, grilled onions, and 2,000 Island sauce are also on offer, in addition to vegan milkshakes made with soy milk, almond milk, and Soom tahini.
How to order: Walk up or order pickup and delivery online.