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The meatless Mile-High crowd has yet another reason to celebrate because a new vegan spot has landed in Denver. Burgers, fries, and shakes are their game. Meta Burger is their name.
Meta Burger was built by Michael Reeves and Matthew Coates, who met while working at another vegan haven — Native Foods. They observed that the menu items that sold most were the simple comfort foods like burgers and shakes. With that in mind, and with a goal of offering vegan diners a healthier, environmentally-friendly, and affordable option, Meta Burger was born.
Burgers are made from a soy-based product called Hungry Planet which is seasoned in-house. The meatless meat boasts that it has roughly half the calories and fat of comparable alternative meat burgers such as the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Load it up with both traditional and creative toppings, like grilled pineapple, vegan bacon, and a cheese sauce made from eggplants.
And since you saved all those calories on the main event, you’ll be pleased to know that Meta Burger also serves a soy-based soft serve ice cream that they whip into milkshakes and Meta Blasts (a thick shake with add-ins like salted caramel and pretzels).
What’s with the name, you wonder? According to the men behind Meta, they want to embody the word, which, in this case, means asserting themselves as a burger beyond its previous alt-burger options. To them, it’s all about perspective… and a damn good burger. So, looking long-term, Meta Burger has plans to open more restaurants in Colorado and beyond, focusing on locations without many choices for healthy, affordable, fast-casual food.
Find them just east of Glendale and south of Lowry at 7950 E. Mississippi. They’re serving up their meatless magic from 11am–9pm Monday through Thursday, and 11am–4pm on Sunday.