Last Updated: June 9, 2020
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My initial knowledge of Love Handle Burgers was purely coincidental, but the single factor that lured me in was Chef Addis, who previously worked at now-defunct HRVST. His vegan vision isn’t simply about throwing random vegetables together in hopes of feeding vegans; he hopes to make meat-eaters aware of the bold, punchy flavours that vegetables can bring to the table.
As a vegan convert himself, his recipes are by no means boring, as proven by the amazing dishes I had the privilege of trying when HRVST was still in operation, and now, with Love Handle Burgers. The burger patties are made from Impossible™ patties, and layered with a healthy dose of homemade sauces, vegetables and vegan cheese.
First up, I tried their take on Double Cheeseburger (S$17), which came with two layers of Impossible™ patties, two slices of melted vegan cheese, caramelised onions, burger sauce, and pickles. The homemade brioche buns remained exceptionally firm, despite the journey during delivery.
They didn’t collapse or turned soggy, which was commendable. It also held a very slight chewiness which was a welcome contrast to the succulent, soft patties. I could barely tell that I wasn’t consuming meat, as the taste was earthy and rich—something I doubt a real meat lover would be able to tell apart from actual beef if they did a blind taste test.
The sauce was light—like a muted version of mustard—allowing the “meat” and caramelised onions to shine. However, the brioche buns were the real star in this creation, as it helped in retaining its structure throughout the meal.
They also have a fun rendition of our famous street burger, the Ramly burger, as a Vegan “Ramli” (S$15). In replacement of real egg, there’s an eggless frittata, and a unique sauce made of two different sauces, garlic aioli and sweet-sour, tangy BBQ sauce.
The eggless frittata made this burger more filling than I’d anticipated, and I could imagine myself enjoying this as a brunch burger. While you’d think that a vegan burger has little flavour, this vegan version of a Ramly burger packed plenty.
The 2-in-1 sauce was extraordinarily creamy and really overwhelmed my palate with sour, smokey notes reminiscent of a brisket marinade.
How did it fare in comparison to the real deal? It wasn’t an exact replica, to be honest, but it sure is a memorable one, especially since it truly was a punchy number with its outstanding sauce.
I understand that fries are a standard side with burgers, but their Golden Fries (S$3.50) is something else. They’re thicker than regular fries and the batter remained crisp despite the travel. They were also impressively well-seasoned, resulting in me not even wanting to enjoy it with chilli sauce.
It was a rare moment.
They have other sides as well, which I’m sure are just as delectable. I might just have to order another round of Love Handle Burgers soon.
Don’t let the label ‘vegan’ deter you from giving Love Handle Burgers a go; these are full of flavour and they’re just as satiating—or even more than—regular meat burgers. When dinner time approached, I was still pretty full, to be honest.
I can’t recommend these enough, and if you’re planning to start a Meatless Monday routine, these better be in your list!
Expected Damage: S$10 – S$30 per pax
Our Rating: 5 / 5
Love Handle Burgers
8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069788
8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069788