Austin review: Terra Burger

Terra Burger

I’ve been craving a good veggie burger for a few weeks, and I made a pretty tasty one the other day, but, in the confusion of getting Fluffster out the door and to the vet at 7:00am this morning, I forgot to pack a lunch. I needed to go to Eclectic Eyewear, anyway, to get my glasses adjusted (again), so I decided to hit up Terra Burger, having heard mostly great things about it.

I skipped the vegan milkshake (and, oh, how difficult that was), because not only is it $3.95 to begin with, but there is a $1.50 surcharge for vegan milk. What?! Haven’t you had it up to here with vegan surcharges? I know I have. I mean, for heaven’s sake, soy or rice milk are not even much more costly than cow’s milk, and it won’t go bad after a week in the fridge, either! Sheesh.

As others have complained, at $5.99, their fairly middle-of-the-road burger is a tad overpriced. It was serviceable, don’t get me wrong. I really enjoyed it; the “meaty” middle was better than average. But it didn’t knock me out. Props to Terra Burger for offering Vegenaise, though – it’s so nice not to have to pack my own! That alone makes it worth a visit. I also tried the sweet potato fries, and found them pretty durn delicious. All in all, a satisfying lunch.

Sweet potato fries

I might go back if I find myself in the northwest campus area around lunch time, as there aren’t many other options around there, with the exception of Kerbey Lane (which is about a full mile from my office). I find their concept a fairly positive one, though I can’t really get past all signs shouting “Sustainable!” hanging in a place that serves beef.

Terra Burger
2522 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78705

Cross posted from stellatex.

Burger and fries

I used to work in my parents’ convenience store, and I flipped many a burger. I’d like to think I’m pretty good at it. By far my most popular item, back in the old days, was a burger with grilled onions and mushrooms, with a toasted bun.

I’ve been craving a veggie burger since Thursday, and when I realized I had a vegan Boca Burger in the freezer, and a whole potato waiting for its destiny, I decided to make my own burger while waiting for the football game to start.

My new mandoline made perfect fries – so exciting! It took all of 30 seconds to transform the potato into these uniform, expertly-sliced fries. Goodbye sore wrists and hours of potato cutting!

I don’t think I really need to give you a recipe, since I am using a pre-made burger, but for the toppings, I used leftover pecan pesto, a little spinach, both mayo and mustard, pan fried mushrooms, and caramelized onions. Yes. Oh, yes.

Of course, to treat myself for game day, I also had a Dr Pepper. What a perfect Saturday Night! Texas Fight!

Cross posted from stellatex.