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.
- 1The Ultimate Wild Rice BurgersPinch Of Yum
- 2Easy Grillable Veggie BurgersMinimalist Baker
- 3Cauliflower Sweet Potato BurgersFeed Me Phoebe
- 4Smoky BBQ Black Bean BurgerMinimalist Baker
- 5Portobello Mushroom Burger with Avocado ChimichurriFoodie Crush
- 6Smoky Black Bean Beet BurgersMinimalist Baker
- 7Spicy Cauliflower BurgersPinch Of Yum
- 8Thai Veggie Burgers With Peanut SauceAnnie's Eats
- 9Black Bean And Quinoa Veggie BurgersJames Ransom/Food52
- 10BBQ Cheddar Chickpea BurgersHow Sweet It Is
- 11Crispy Autumn Veg Burgers With Apple Cider SlawHow Sweet It Is
- 12Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa BurgersHow Sweet It Is
- 13Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers With Roasted Garlic CreamHow Sweet It Is
- 14Beet BurgersMacheesmo
- 15Veggie Masala Burgers With Cilantro Chutney AioliMadhuri Sharma
- 16Bean Burgers With Grilled Corn, Pesto + Heirloom TomatoesHow Sweet It Is
- 17Grilled Portobello Mushroom BurgersFeed Me Phoebe
- 18Gluten-Free White Bean Zucchini BurgersFeed Me Phoebe
- 19Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea BurgersMinimalist Baker
- 20Really Good Veggie Burgers (Vegan and Gluten Free)Umami Girl
- 21Sweet Potato Black Bean BurgerMinimalist Baker