Veggie Burger Recipes That'll Make You A Believer

They're so much better than they used to be.

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 several 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.

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Roasted Zucchini Burgers with Garlic Whipped Feta
Half Baked Harvest
2
Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger
Minimalist Baker
Get the Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger recipe from Minimalist Baker
3
Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers
Half Baked Harvest
4
Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa
Half Baked Harvest
5
Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers
Minimalist Baker
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6
Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers with Grilled.Halloumi and Curried Tahini Sauce
Half Baked Harvest
7
The Ultimate Wild Rice Burgers
Pinch Of Yum
Get the Ultimate Wild Rice Burgers recipe from Pinch of Yum
8
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers
Feed Me Phoebe
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9
Portobello Mushroom Burger with Avocado Chimichurri
Foodie Crush
Get the Portobello Mushroom Burger recipe from Foodie Crush
10
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Minimalist Baker
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11
Spicy Cauliflower Burgers
Pinch Of Yum
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12
Thai Veggie Burgers With Peanut Sauce
Annie's Eats
13
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
14
BBQ Cheddar Chickpea Burgers
How Sweet It Is
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15
Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers With Apple Cider Slaw
How Sweet It Is
16
Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers
How Sweet It Is
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Of course, leave off the bacon if you're a vegetarian.
17
Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers With Roasted Garlic Cream
How Sweet It Is
18
Beet Burgers
Macheesmo
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19
Veggie Masala Burgers With Cilantro Chutney Aioli
Madhuri Sharma
Get the Veggie Masala Burgers with Cilantro Chutney Aioli recipe from Madhuri Sharma via Food52
20
Bean Burgers With Grilled Corn, Pesto + Heirloom Tomatoes
How Sweet It Is
21
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Feed Me Phoebe
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22
Gluten-Free White Bean Zucchini Burgers
Feed Me Phoebe
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23
Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers
Minimalist Baker
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24
Really Good Veggie Burgers (Vegan and Gluten Free)
Umami Girl
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger
Minimalist Baker
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