Interest in veggie burgers has been rising for a while now (along with the general surge in plant-based eating trends), but these days, it’s almost easier to find bioengineered Impossible and Beyond burgers that mimic real beef, “bloody” centers and all. Whether you find that off-putting or not, they’re definitely nothing like a homemade veggie burger—so here are some of the best veggie burger recipes around.
The Case for Veggie Burgers
It should be noted that veggie burger recipes, too, have come a long way in the past decade or so. They’re no longer the mealy, flavorless, and crumbly patties you remember–many of them are now so good that you’ll find yourself trying out a recipe even if you do eat meat (and being satisfied, too). And many of them are made from pantry staples like beans, whole grains, and rice.
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A food processor makes quick work of all sorts of veggie burger mixtures.
It is possible to buy delicious meat alternatives to grill this summer, including several seriously good meatless burgers, but we’re always a fan of doing it from scratch when time allows.
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The Chowhound community has recommended some of their favorite veggie burger recipes before, and we’ve come up with some of our own too.
These plant-based burgers are all delicious, and most are vegan; many are also gluten-free, and all can be customized with whatever toppings and seasonings you like. In short, there’s something to please everyone, including the most committed carnivores.
The Best Veggie Burger Recipes
Check out these 11 homemade veggie burger recipes that are so good you’ll forget all about the beef.
Compared to a frozen premade veggie burger, our take is a completely different beast. This is not a recipe for someone in a hurry–there are a lot of ingredients but we promise you it’s worth it. Cooked brown lentils, brown rice, and a cup of dry TVP (textured vegetable protein) add tons of protein and make this a filling meal. Get our Best Veggie Burger recipe.
The fact that these veggie patties based on brown rice and black beans are robust enough to grill make this a killer summer dinner choice, and a great vegetarian option for Memorial Day. BBQ sauce mixed into the patties helps keep them moist and adds tons of flavor. Get the Grillable Veggie Burger recipe.
Dried garbanzo beans are soaked for 24 hours and give these veggie burgers a great bite. Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours before you handle it to make it easier to form into patties. Try topping with tzatziki or a garlic tahini sauce. Get our Falafel Burgers recipe. Want something easier (and cheesier)? These Greek falafel burgers use canned chickpeas and include feta and parsley in the patties.
Roasting the beets for this burger gives it maximum flavor and enhances its succulent yet pleasantly chewy texture. An avocado-tahini topping is all it needs, but tuck some sweet potato fries in too for an even better bite. Get the Ultimate Veggie Burger recipe.
These hearty burgers are based on cooked quinoa, chickpeas, and oats so they’re meaty and packed with protein. You could season them any way you like, but these take a Mediterranean flavor trip with parsley, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese. Top with even more tomatoes, herbs, and cheese, plus olives for a little briny boost. Get the Mediterranean Quinoa Burger recipe.
Mushrooms and black-eyed peas give this burger a significant heft and tamari, Tabasco sauce, and garlic add major flavor. Make the patties about three inches wide and not too thick. Top with mayonnaise, ketchup, or caramelized onions and you’re all set. Get our Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burger recipe.
Sauteed broccoli, onions, and garlic are blended in the food processor with carrots, chickpeas, and oats. Superfood flax helps bind the burgers and adds even more health benefits, and nutritional yeast brings a savory, cheesy flavor. These come together in about 30 minutes, but if you have extra time to chill the mixture before forming the patties, they’ll be easier to work with. Get the Cheesy Broccoli Vegan Burger recipe.
Black beans, quinoa, bell pepper, corn, garlic, and cumin come together for Tex-Mex veggie burgers just begging to be smothered in guac (and cheese). If you like a little spice, try mixing minced pickled jalapeño into the patties, or just add some on top. Get the Tex-Mex Veggie Burger recipe.
The marinade for these portobello burgers makes them stand out from the pack. Whisk together red wine and balsamic vinegars, olive oil, garlic, and salt and then let the mushrooms absorb the flavor. Paired with a crunchy ciabatta bun and some pesto, this is a burger you won’t forget. Get our Double Decker Marinated Portobello Burger recipe.
These sprouted garbanzo burgers freeze well and you should make a big batch in advance to keep on hand. Fresh cilantro and lemon add a zesty tang to the mix and you can top with avocados, tomatoes, and onion. Get our Sprouted Garbanzo Burger recipe.
The flavors of pizza packed into a vegan, gluten-free burger patty? Yes, please. Cooked red rice and cannellini beans are flavored with basil, garlic, oregano, red chili flakes, and nutritional yeast for the cheesy component. Top these with marinara sauce for the full effect, and if you do dairy, melt a slice of mozzarella on top too (or use vegan cheese). Get the White Bean Pizza Burger recipe.
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Make your own vegan mozzarella (as well as cheddar, feta, and more).
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