Tony Maws, the burger king and chef/owner of Craigie on Main and Kirkland Tap & Trotter, ventures into new territory with his latest invention: the Craigie on Main vegetable burger ($18). “We didn’t want this to taste like beef, but we did want it be savory and packed with umami,” Maws says of the dish that he worked on for more than a year and is currently served only on Tuesdays. A mixture of roasted mushrooms, fermented black bean powder, pomegranate molasses and tahini is added to a base of black beans, brown rice, lentils and egg for a savory patty that’s sandwiched between a housemade bun. Topped with feta, Maws’ secret sauce, lettuce, charred red onions and served with pickles, slaw and aioli, the burger’s flavors are bold and craveable—even for carnivores.
The Craigie on Main vegetable burger, $18 at Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge (617-497-5511) craigieonmain.com