Beef is the defining protein for burgers, obviously, but burger eaters crave the occasional break. (This is assuming, of course, that the burger eaters in question are omnivores. Vegetarians, vegans, and the red-meat averse have their own, well-grounded reasons for avoiding cows.) Here are 8 burgers that taste amazing and contain approximately (okay, exactly) zero beef.
1. Kimchi Chicken Burgers
Ground chicken patties give burgers an admirable low level of fat, but they present a challenge: How to make them taste anything other than bland? Enter this recipe. Not only does it call for ginger and garlic in the patty, but tops it with a high-flavor, optionally spicy slaw spiked up with Sriracha. Get our Kimchi Chicken Burgers recipe.
2. Breakfast Turkey Burgers
A burger—for breakfast? Absolutely. Especially when it’s made from a patty containing, not lethargy-inducing beef, but relatively light ground turkey. Chopped fresh sage, fennel seeds, and a touch of sugar give it the nicest breakfast-sausage flavor. Get our Breakfast Turkey Burgers recipe.
3. Blue Cheese Chicken BLT Burger
This is not a chicken burger for the faint of heart! We blended the two best sandwiches—the burger and the BLT—to create a twist on both, taking it a step further by stuffing the burger with a piece of creamy-salty blue cheese. Get our Blue Cheese Chicken BLT Burger recipe.
4. Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers
Mushrooms and black-eyed peas give these vegan burgers the right moisture and density, plus bold natural flavors. Will you know you are not eating a chuck burger? You will. Will you enjoy it anyway? You will. Get our Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers recipe.
5. Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers
Beef burgers are great, but every once in a while you might want something different to throw on the grill. Try this lamb burger: meaty and juicy, with loads of aromatic spices, and topped with a cooling Cucumber and Cumin Yogurt Relish that beats ketchup any day. Get our Middle Eastern Lamb Burgers recipe.
6. BBQ Bacon Turkey Burgers
One way to give generally mild-tasting turkey burger patties some flavor personality is to slather them with BBQ sauce. That’s what we call for here—along with piling on crisoy bacon, of course. These are turkey burgers for inveterate haters of such a concept. Get our BBQ Bacon Turkey Burgers recipe.
7. Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers
Chicken Cordon Bleu is a classy dish—chicken breast sandwiched with Gruyère cheese and prosciutto. It literally turns into a sandwich here: a ground chicken burger patty that meets up with Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese. Get our Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers recipe.
8. Falafel Burgers
The problem with veggie burgers is that they can come across as mushy bean patties, which—let’s face it—many are. In this twist on Middle Eastern falafel, raw chickpeas are soaked for enough hours to make them soften, then ground to form the basis of delicious parsley-tinted patties that do not cook up like mush pucks. Get our Falafel Burgers recipe.