Ah, yes — It’s just about time for official burger season to begin. I mean, I can go for a good burger any time of the year, but summer is really the best time to break out the grill. And, even if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, a veggie burger can be an absolutely delicious way to switch things up from your normal beef burger. Nowadays, there are so many veggie burger recipes out there that will make your mouth water just as much as a typical burger — and maybe even more!
It seems like you can make a veggie burger from just about anything: chickpeas, sweat potatoes, lentils, beans, quinoa, and so on make for a great patty. And the best part of all is that you are free to put anything on top! Everyone has their own preference for burger toppings, and just because we’re talking about veggie burgers doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite garnishings. I love cheese more than anything, and you certainly can’t tear me away from by beloved cheddar.
Check out some of these amazing recipes and step away from the cow patty. All of these recipes have been thoroughly reviewed, so we know they must be worth trying. We know that veggies provide us with important vitamins and minerals, so it’s time to spice up our diets…and our traditional summer dishes.
15 Delicious Veggie Burger Recipes
1. French Onion Burgers with Herbed Cashew Cheese by Connoisseurus Veg. These swoon-worthy burgers will win over even the most dedicated carnivores.
2. Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers by Minimalist Baker. Need something hearty and satisfying? Try a burger that incorporates walnuts and brown rice! And that’s not all. The patty also includes sautéed onions, panko bread crumbs, black beans, and BBQ sauce. So many veggie burgers aren’t grillable due to their soft texture, but this recipe totally holds up if you want that naturally grilled burger flavor.
3. The Ultimate Veggie Burger by Melissa Clark. Here’s a 5-star rated burger featuring tofu, mushrooms, kidney beans, beets, nuts, and brown rice. The goal of veggie burgers is firmness, which many recipes fail to achieve. This recipe roasts the vegetables to dehydrate the ingredients while intensifying their flavors. While the list of ingredients may seem long, it’s important that veggie burgers get plenty of spices to create the flavor of a truly great burger.
4. Vegan Burgers That Don’t Suck by The Food Lab. How about a burger starring mushrooms, eggplant, garbanzo beans, cashews, and barley? Yum! These burgers certainly sound like a winner. With a name like Food Lab, we know that the recipe has been thoroughly tested and tried before publishing.
5. Spicy Chickpea Veggie Burgers by Running on Real Food. Bonus! These are gluten-free burgers and they only take about 10 minutes to prep! Not only do they contain chickpeas, but they also have zucchini, sriracha sauce, peanut butter, and quick oats. Sound strange? Well, the reviewers think differently, and it certainly sounds worth trying. Besides, talk about protein!
6. Sweet Potato Burgers by Chocolate Covered Kate. The nutrients in sweet potatoes never end – vitamins, manganese, potassium, fiber, and so on. What a great foundation for a burger! Kate clearly knows what she’s talking about here. Not only do you get a taste of sweet potato, you also get cannellini beans, tahini, maple syrup, and cayenne — all perfect pairings for sweet potatoes. Avocados, butter lettuce, and ketchup or an aioli sauce make for excellent toppings.
7. Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream by Jessica Merchant. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried roasted garlic, but it’s amazing. It’s a totally different taste than raw garlic and is a rich, sweet flavor that pairs wonderfully with sweet potatoes. It’s super easy to roast garlic, but it does take some time — but trust me, it’s totally worth it. This recipe also rocks because you may already have a lot of these ingredients on hand.
8. Spicy Cauliflower Burgers by Pinch of Yum. Cauliflower as a burger patty – say what? Yes! Thanks to this veggie’s hardiness, they really do stand up to be a great base for a burger. This recipe is super simple, and only requires quinoa, cauliflower, seasoning, garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese, and eggs. She also suggests toppings like lime juice, cilantro, purple cabbage, a magic green sauce (recipe included), and mayo.
9. Cauliflower Falafel Veggie Burgers by Cookie + Kate. Like falafel? Well why not incorporate it into a burger? These burgers are vegan, gluten-free, and full of spices and herbs. As Kate mentions, they’re great on buns, but equally as yummy on top of salads.
10. Cumin-Spiced Red Lentil Burgers by Food + Wine. Cumin and red lentils are a match made in heaven. Red lentils are rich in B vitamins, fiber and folate, which help fight heart disease — awesome, right? These super easy burgers can be prepared the night before and cooked the next day, and they save well too. You’re also getting a healthy dose of yogurt as a binder in these burgers.
11. Vegan Broccoli Burgers by Vegan Yumminess. Like cauliflower, broccoli can also make an excellent base for burger patties. This recipe is so easy that even the most novice of cooks can make it. You only need broccoli, walnuts, brown rice, wheat gluten, yeast, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Full of protein, this is a great way to sneak veggies into your diet while giving you the satisfying feeling of munching on a burger this summer.
12. Barbecue Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Onions and Pineapple by Floating Kitchen. This recipe is so easy that you don’t even have to mash anything! The patty itself is the portobello mushroom, grilled. The sweet and savory mixture could be just what you’re looking for in a burger, and there’s really nothing to it here. The portobello will give you the thick texture of a meat burger that is half of the hamburger craving in the first place.
13. Carrot Tahini Quinoa Burgers with Tzatziki by Rhubarbians. Carrots?! Yes! When paired with quinoa, they hold up perfectly for a burger patty. This is truly an opportunity to step outside the box and get experimental with your burgers. The cabbage slaw and tzatziki give this burger just what it needs to convince you that carrots can in fact work in burger patties.
14. Indian-spiced Beet Veggie Burgers with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce by the Roasted Root. Beets may be an acquired taste for sure, but this recipe may change your opinion. Spices can have amazing health benefits, and these burgers are filled with cumin, curry, and turmeric. With the burgers, she recommends topping them with sprouts and avocado, and maybe even switching out the bun for a lettuce wrap.
15. Roasted Garlic Artichoke Burgers by Connoisseurus Veg. Apparently you really can make burgers from almost any veggie — including artichokes! This burger combines artichokes, cannellini beans, and a handful of herbs and spices. Plus, there’s roasted garlic included to balance out the artichokes and lemon juice.
Hungry yet? Try some of these delicious recipes and let us know which is your favorite.1