Vegetarian burgers at prime 16 are a MUST try


If one were to venture on the website of Prime 16, they might find they claim to serve, “the most delicious, satisfying and nutritious burger you’ll find.” While I cannot confirm or deny this for all of their burgers — which look extremely flavorful– I can say this: the quinoa burger was considerably delicious.

When I first walked in, alongside a friend who was kind enough to join me, the restaurant was pretty empty. That is expected for a random Tuesday though.

We sat at a small table in the back which only had sight of the television from the booth seat. This is not bad, as I personally prefer to be focused on the conversation when dining with friends. The televisions actually gave the restaurant a more casual, sports bar type of feel. However, I would never say it’s a sport bar. It is definitely more sophisticated than that.

The menu was long, and full of so many delicious options for every course of the meal. For an appetizer, I decided on the kale falafel bites. It was absolutely scrumptious! The dough was fried to the perfect crispness so that when I bit into it, it was crunchy and then soft on the inside. It was flavorful and full of spice, however the spice could be tempered with the tahini sauce –which was also delicious. If I had to choose a favorite dish from the entire meal, it would be the falafel. Then again, I do love falafel, so I am a tad biased.

Next, I ordered the “quinoa crunch burger”. It was composed of “house made vegetarian patty topped with gruyere cheese, drunken onions, yukon potato chips, avocado, butter leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, and truffle aioli.” Needless to say, it was a very large “burger.” I got it with a side of sweet potato fries as well.

The burger itself was very palatable, but hard to eat. While it tasted superb, actually fitting my entire mouth around it and getting a full bite, proved to be a challenge. The burger slightly fell apart and I ended up eating it with a fork. Even with a fork though, it was delicious and the flavors worked so well together. My friend definitely agreed saying, she “loved every bite of it,” and “the flavors melted in my mouth.”

Lastly is the sweet potato fries. I don’t like saying this, but they were pretty disappointing. Everytime I go to a burger place and order sweet potato fries they are super tasty. I expected that and more, especially because the falafel was so good. What I found was that there was too much batter on the fries, meaning the coating was too thick. This made the ratio of actual fried batter to sweet potato unbalanced and I felt kind of sick eating all of the fried batter. This could be personal preference, but I just did not enjoy them as much as I had hoped I would.

Overall, the experience was one filled with flavor and satisfaction. Especially because the quinoa burger will be my new go to when I need a vegetarian meal on the fly. I would definitely go back here again and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good burger place in Pelham.