On its surface, Cincinnati Burger Week (Aug. 17-23) appears to be a celebration of all things meat, but vegetarians like burgers, too. And veg heads definitely aren't an afterthought at this year's event.
The following participating restaurants are offering special Burger Week veggie burgers — just as creative and satisfying as their beefy counterparts, and still $6 a pop (except where noted).
Here's who is offering what:
Bangin Burgers — "Bangin" Portabella burger with a fresh, hand-picked mushroom cap, grilled onions, provolone, topped with ketchup, mustard, mayo, garden toppings of your choice and served on a soft bun. Get food truck location details at facebook.com/BanginBurgers20.
Brown Dog Cafe — Brown Dog is offering a Beyond Beef patty burger for vegetarians. 1000 Summit Park, Blue Ash, facebook.com/thebrowndogcafe.
BRU Burger Bar — Sub a vegetarian black bean patty in their BRU-lote burger with roasted corn salsa, queso fresco, lettuce and a Smokey chipotle aioli. 279 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell; 41 E. Sixth St., Downtown, bruburgerbar.com.
Bucketheads — Bucketheads says they are offering a black bean patty. See if you can sub it on their Burger Week burger: the Bullseye Burger topped with American Cheese, barbecue sauce and a fried onion ring (it also comes with bacon, but leave that off). 6507 Harrison Ave., Westwood, facebook.com/Bucketheadscincy.
Butler's Pantry — Butler's Pantry is offering falafel patties for vegetarians. 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington, facebook.com/ButlersPantryRC.
Kitchen 1883 - On The Rhine Eatery — The OTR outpost of Kitchen 1883 is offering a plant-based meatloaf burger. The Union and Anderson locations are offering Impossible Burgers. 100 E. Court St., Downtown, facebook.com/Kitchen1883.
Chandler's Burger Bistro — Chandler's is offering two different veggie options: a Garden Burger and a black bean burger. 10533 Harrison Ave., Harrison; 6135 Cleves Warsaw Pike, Delhi, facebook.com/chandlersburgerbistro.
Copper Blue — Copper Blue has a housemade black bean patty available. 900 Main St., Milford, facebook.com/copperbluemilford.
Coppin's at Hotel Covington — Sub a black bean patty in their Burger Week offering topped with avocado aioli, smoked Gouda and jalapeño citrus slaw on a housemade potato bun. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, facebook.com/CoppinsCovington.
Dunlap Cafe — Dunlap is offering a chipotle black bean burger and a Garden Burger. 1926 Dunlap St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/DunlapCafe.
Freddys Frozen Custard & Steakburgers — Offering a black bean burger with cheese, a full slice of onion, Freddy's Sauce, lettuce and tomato, served on a toasted bun. Multiple locations, facebook.com/FreddysUSA.
Frenchie Fresh Burger Bar — Sub in a gluten-free and dairy-free veggie patty on their Le Alpine, with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and mushroom demi glaze, or the Le Gene Kelly, with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion. 5595 Deerfield Blvd., Mason, facebook.com/eatfrenchiefresh.
Grandview Tavern — Try their Caboose, an all-natural black bean burger topped with pepper jack cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream on a toasted bun. 2220 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, facebook.com/grandviewtavern1.
Keystone Bar & Grill — Sub in an Impossible patty on their Keystone Burger, with caramelized onions and chipotle béchamel on a Sixteen Bricks challah bun, or the Holtman's Donuts maple bacon donut burger (no bacon) for a $3 upcharge. Multiple locations, keystonebar.com.
Lucky Dog Grille — Sub a 1/3 lb. spicy black bean burger in on their Yum Yum Burger, with spiked Jack Daniel’s Whiskey pickles, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese and homemade Yum Yum sauce on a toasted brioche roll. Comes topped with two beer-battered onion rings. 727 Reading Road, Mason, facebook.com/luckydoggrillemason.
Ludlow Garage — Get a chickpea substitute on their One-Eyed Jack Burger, with lettuce, tomato, Monterey Jack cheese and barbecue sauce on a kaiser bun. 342 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, facebook.com/LudlowGarageCincinnati.
Mecklenburg Gardens — Mecklenburg is offering a plant-based Beyond Burger Patty with Swiss cheese, garlic aioli, fresh spinach and sauteed mushroom and onions on a white bun. Served with housemade Saratoga chips. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, facebook.com/mecklenburg.gardens.
Nation Kitchen & Bar — Get a housemade black bean patty on their Fajita Burger: pepper jack cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, guacamole, fresh jalapeños and pico de gallo on a challah bun. 1200 Broadway St., Pendleton, facebook.com/NationPendleton.
Oasis Craft Burgers & Brews — They are offering a Beyond Burger with vegan cheese and vegan mayo.19904 Augusta Drive, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, facebook.com/oasiscraftburgers.
OTR Chili Co. — The new OTR Chili Co. is offering a single cheeseburger with an Impossible Burger patty, served on a sesame seed bun, topped with lettuce, onion, tomato, and mayo. 1910.5 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com.
RJ Cinema Distillery & Taproom — They are offering an Impossible Burger. See if you can sub it in on either of their Burger Week options: the BBQ Brisket Burger with onion straws and bourbon Sriracha barbecue sauce on a brioche bun, or the Bacon Mushroom Burger, with Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms. 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Eastgate, facebook.com/RJCinemaEastgate.
Slatts Pub — Slatts says they have a black bean burger. 4858 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, facebook.com/slattspub.
Taste of Belgium — TOB says they are offering a black bean veggie burger. Multiple locations, facebook.com/tasteofbelgium.
Other spots offering a veggie option but who didn't provide a description: FlipSide Liberty, Game On, Ladder 19, HighGrain Brewing Co.
For more info, visit cincinnatiburgerweek.com.