Food & Drink

Veggie Burger Recipes That'll Make You A Believer

They're so much better than they used to be.
05/23/2018 05:47am ET
How Sweet It Is/Minimalist Baker

In the dawn of the commercial veggie burger era, it seemed our only options were frozen patties made by the likes of Boca Burger, Gardenburger and MorningStar Farms. Their intentions were good, they didn’t contain meat, and ... well, those are the only two positive things you can really say about them. They were pretty terrible.

But the recent rise of the Impossible Burger, a veggie burger engineered by neuroscientists that tastes, feels and “bleeds” like real red meat, has elevated our expectations. Because of that, food bloggers and recipe developers have been pushed to create better recipes for made-from-scratch veggie burger patties.

We’ve picked 21 of our favorites, including one that can be grilled without falling apart (if you’ve ever tried to do this, you’ll know how difficult it can be). They’re made with everything from wild rice to black beans, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and beets. They’re unlikely to taste or look like actual beef the way an Impossible Burger does, but rather they embrace their unique flavors and textures.

In other words, they’re nothing like those old frozen patties.

1
The Ultimate Wild Rice Burgers
Pinch Of Yum
Get the Ultimate Wild Rice Burgers recipe from Pinch of Yum
2
Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers
Minimalist Baker
Get the Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers recipe from Minimalist Baker
3
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers
Feed Me Phoebe
Get the Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers recipe from Feed Me Phoebe
4
Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger
Minimalist Baker
Get the Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger recipe from Minimalist Baker
5
Portobello Mushroom Burger with Avocado Chimichurri
Foodie Crush
Get the Portobello Mushroom Burger recipe from Foodie Crush
6
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Minimalist Baker
Get the Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers recipe from Minimalist Baker
7
Spicy Cauliflower Burgers
Pinch Of Yum
Get the Spicy Cauliflower Burgers recipe from Pinch of Yum
8
Thai Veggie Burgers With Peanut Sauce
Annie's Eats
9
Black Bean And Quinoa Veggie Burgers
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers recipe from Sonali aka the Foodie Physician via Food52
10
BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burgers
How Sweet It Is
Get the BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burgers recipe from How Sweet It Is
11
Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers With Apple Cider Slaw
How Sweet It Is
12
Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers
How Sweet It Is
Get the Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers recipe from How Sweet It Is Of course, leave off the bacon if you're a vegetarian.
13
Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers With Roasted Garlic Cream
How Sweet It Is
14
Beet Burgers
Macheesmo
Get the Beet Burgers recipe from Macheesmo
15
Veggie Masala Burgers With Cilantro Chutney Aioli
Madhuri Sharma
Get the Veggie Masala Burgers with Cilantro Chutney Aioli recipe from Madhuri Sharma via Food52
16
Bean Burgers With Grilled Corn, Pesto + Heirloom Tomatoes
How Sweet It Is
17
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Feed Me Phoebe
Get the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers recipe from Feed Me Phoebe
18
Gluten-Free White Bean Zucchini Burgers
Feed Me Phoebe
Get the Gluten-Free White Bean Zucchini Burgers recipe from Feed Me Phoebe
19
Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers
Minimalist Baker
Get the Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers recipe from Minimalist Baker
20
Really Good Veggie Burgers (Vegan and Gluten Free)
Umami Girl
Get the Really Good Veggie Burgers recipe from Umami Girl
21
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger
Minimalist Baker
Get the Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger recipe from Minimalist Baker