Burger Lounge Launches Plant-Based Test Kitchen

Lounge Burger (courtesy photo)

Salt, fat, acid, heat and ketchup! The same elements that drive us to crave and obsess over an amazing burger, can now be found in a completely delicious plant-based version. Now, Burger Lounge is giving you every reason to act on those cravings by elevating plant-based food to new levels with the launch of its Real Food Innovation Kitchen, exclusively at the Hillcrest, San Diego location. The culinary-forward burger company is testing an array of plant-based options to complement their beloved original grass-fed burgers.

Now, carnivores, flexitarians, vegans, vegetarians and more can rejoice at the launch of Burger Lounge’s new Flora and Fauna menu, which offers the best of both plant-based and responsibly-sourced meat-eating worlds. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy cheeseburger with melty organic cheese and crispy bacon, or you want the full, authentic burger experience with none of the animal products, both sides have been given the same culinary and quality Burger Lounge is known for.

“When we began 13-years ago, we made a commitment to source the highest quality grass-fed beef possible and we are putting that same emphasis on sourcing our new plant-based menu, of course with taste and flavor at the forefront.” says J. Dean Loring, co-founder of Burger Lounge. “We could not be more excited to share our Flora menu with our burger-loving community.”

The new Fauna and Flora menu at Burger Lounge places equal emphasis on burgers made from responsibly sourced meats and plant-based options. Now, non-meat eaters and replacement meat eaters can enjoy a complete burger experience, down to the vegan fresh-cut French fries and dairy-free milkshakes. The new slate of plant-based options pushes the boundaries on innovation that may just fool your taste buds.

New menu items include burger builds like the S.O.B. “Son of a Butcher” Burger with choice of Sweet Earth® plant-based protein or grass-fed, grass-finished beef, vegan cheddar or Organic American cheese, caramelized onions, pickles and BL 1000 Island; the Keto Cave Dweller with Sweet Earth® plant-based protein or grass-fed beef, roasted squash, gem lettuce, tomato and BL Vinaigrette served on a cauliflower sandwich thin; and the revitalized Lounge Burger with grass-fed beef or Sweet Earth® protein, Organic or vegan cheddar, fresh onion, tomato, gem lettuce, pickles and BL 1000 island. Burgers will all be ¼ lb. and available as singles and doubles. Those looking for shareable starters and side dishes can choose between items like the Cowboy Fries with choice of Sweet Earth® plant-based protein or Texas spiced grass-fed beef, melted Organic or vegan cheddar, caramelized onion and scallions; Dharma Bites with 100% plant-based ancient grains with a slate of BL dipping sauces.

Cashew based dairy-free milkshakes will also be available in strawberry and vanilla. Those who want to stick with traditional can look no further than Burger Lounge’s acclaimed hand-scooped dairy milkshakes.

Located at 406 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103, Burger Lounge Hillcrest is open for pick up, online ordering, delivery, or patio dining from Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M and Friday & Saturday:  11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

About Burger Lounge

Burger Lounge is an eco-conscious burger concept dedicated to using ingredients that taste great and honor the body and the planet. Founded in 2007 by J. Dean Loring and Michael Gilligan in La Jolla, California, Burger Lounge is built on the principle of “doing a common thing, uncommonly well,” an ethos that has been translated into each of the 23 locations throughout California and Las Vegas. For more information, please visit www.burgerlounge.com or call 619.549.6775. Follow them on Twitter at @Burger_Lounge, like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/burgerlounge and on Instagram at @BurgerLounge.