Who knew a meatless burger can taste so meaty? Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, is now home to a brand new vegan burger place, PLNT Burger, located inside Whole Foods. At first, we didn’t realize this is a vegan restaurant — even though the name should’ve clued us in. We are cute this way. All the burgers looked and smelled so juicy!
Fake meats are taking the DC food scene by storm with more places offering vegan and vegetarian options. It’s great to see the world taking more steps toward sustainable consumption and inclusivity. No longer are vegetarians and vegans an afterthought when it comes to a planned menu. Now people can enjoy the same meaty taste regardless of their dietary preferences.
This 100% vegan joint offers Beyond Meat meatless patties prepared so well that even these meat-lovers can’t get enough. It’s great to be at a place that is snob-free and doesn’t try to force you into eating healthier by depriving you of the flavors you love. We are no strangers to eating the meat substitute, as we’ve had many visits to restaurants that serve Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger.
About PLNT Burger
So, what is PLNT Burger? Well, it’s a brand new fast-casual burger restaurant from Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Chef Michael Colletti that just opened inside Silver Spring’s Whole Foods. This place might be a newcomer, but they are coming in strong. Other burger places should take notice. These are vegan burgers, but they are on par or even better than meat ones. Their goal is to create a beautifully crafted burger that brings joy to people and encourages change in the world. They have achieved the goal of creating a burger-noming experience that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, regardless of a customer’s dietary preferences. You can order your burger with or without a bun for low carb and it’s all 100% Vegan and Kosher Certified.
DBL PLNT Burger (5/5 NOMs)
Just look at this beauty. If we didn’t know any better, we’d think it was the real thing. It’s got the real burger look, smell, and taste. So juicy, so meaty, so delicious. We are size queens in all things so we had to order the double burger. Just because we were eating meatless doesn’t mean we didn’t want a thick piece of meat in our mouth. Plus, the two patties were topped with Vegan American cheese by FOLLOW YOUR Heart, The cheese had a strong flavor and texture that tasted a bit like craft cheese. You can buy this cheese right at the Whole Foods Market the burger place is located in. The meaty goodness comes with some standard burger toppings like tomato, lettuce, and pickles. There wasn’t a moment that made us pause and say “Oh that tastes fake.” Every bite brought us happy nomster joys and we couldn’t wait to take another bite. Halfway through eating, we started to slow down, realizing this was one very filling burger that we might have trouble finishing.
Another great thing about this burger is its price. At $10, it’s surprisingly low for a meatless burger. Many restaurants charge about $15 or more for similar meatless burgers. This burger joint even has bacon fans covered with an option to add mushroom bacon to any order for an extra $2. Now, the mushroom bacon might be the only thing that didn’t taste like the real thing. However, it was mostly because the two Beyond Meat patties and cheese had such a strong flavor they completely dominated every bite. Not really a bad thing since it tasted so good.
PLNT Mushroom Bacon BBQ Burger (5/5 NOMs)
If double the meaty goodness is too much, then the PLNT Mushroom Bacon is for you. This burger has all the great things that come with a double burger. A single patty and cheese, minus the veggies. Who needs more veggies when we already eating our meat veggies? We don’t really miss them since all the veggie toppings get overpowered by the Beyond Meat in the DBL Burger. It comes topped with deep-fried onion bloomies that make this one amazing burger. The BBQ sauce adds a nice light, sweet flavor that compliments the Beyond Meat patty. Price-wise, the burger is $8.25. which is a great price and the same as any other nearby burger joints.
It’s not a burger joint without some fries! This burger joint offers excellent Herbed Fries and Sweet Potato Fries (Small $3, Large $4). You can also order bloomies, which is a deep-fried onion cut to resemble a flower. We ordered all three and regretted nothing about that decision. Since we were eating a plant-based burger, it’s totally healthy. Right? There are a number of great dipping sauces available for you, ranging from savory to sweet.
Chocolate Vegan Shake (5/5 NOMs)
This milkshake brings all the vegan boys to the yard! This was our first time trying a chocolate milkshake with oat milk and it was amazing. We are definitely a fan. It barely tasted any different from a regular milkshake. Cost-wise, it’s not much different from other burger joints with $6 for small and $7 for large. Again, we are size queen and always go for large.
Great news for those who live too far from Whole Foods or just lazy: You can now order your vegan burger right to your door on Uber Eats with a $1 delivery fee and a wait time of 15 to 25 minutes. You can also order delivery from Grubhub with free delivery, $5 off valid orders and 35 to 45 minutes wait time. Eating delicious vegan burgers has never been this easy.
You can even cater to your entire party with PLNT Burger deliciousness like burgers, hot dogs, and salads which is pretty amazing. For just $70 to $75 dollars you can feed 10 people which ends up being about $7.50 per person. Maybe we should just order it to last the entire week ;). It also includes desserts like ice cream that feeds 20 people for $65. Too bad we can’t order 20 milkshakes. imagine how many boys that would bring to the yard. Don’t be surprised if you see us do all this. Order at PLNT Burger catering via Ezcater.