The Veggie Grill offers a Beyond Meat patty that tastes almost like the real thing—dripping with fake vegan “blood” and all. The Beyond Burger is topped with a tangy special sauce, vegan cheese, sweet grilled onions, tomatoes, lettuce and a sesame-seed bun. Even though beyond meat can taste “too real” for some animal-free eaters, it’s a great alternative to those soggy veggie patties available at most places. (NN) 13786 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 669-3037; also at 732 Spectrum Center, Irvine, (949) 727-9900; 27321 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 362-9649; and 6451 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-4986; http://www.veggiegrill.com.
Two Orange County food trucks, the Burnt Truck and Dogzilla, collaborated to combine hotdogs and sliders. The resulting union led to a brick and mortar in Irvine called BurntZilla that sells a variety of tasty sliders, including a classic cheeseburger, fried cheese and buttermilk fried chicken. But the cheeseburger slider is what you want: a mini hamburger patty served with grilled onions and avocado sauce on a Hawaiian sweet roll. For those with larger appetites, BurntZilla also sells full-sized burgers, such as the large Western (a one-third-pound patty with smoked Cheddar, a house barbecue sauce, bacon and onion strings) and the Cross Over, which includes a fried egg, bacon, Tapatío aioli and guacamole. (Nikki Nelsen) 14413 Culver Dr., Irvine, (949) 392-5995; http://www.burntzilla.com.