No need to buy pre-made and fat-loaded patties when you can sit down to a healthy and decadent burger following one of our recipes. Most recipes are vegan, and some are vegetarian. Use mushrooms, soy proteins, legumes or grains to make the patty, and season with fresh herbs and dry spices. You don’t need the meat or fat to make a perfect patty and can serve all of these recipes with your fries of choice, creamy sauces, and colorful salads.
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
This veggie burger recipe is both vegetarian and vegan but it has bread in the mix so it isn’t gluten-free. Combine mashed beans, bread, chopped onions, and seasoning and make patties. Because the patties aren’t dense, these are best when pan-fried or baked.
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Portobello mushrooms are already patty-shaped and have a meaty quality about their texture that makes them the number one choice of burger for vegans and vegetarians alike. Grill mushrooms and onions until soft and cooked, make an avocado sauce with yogurt (or coconut yogurt for a vegan option), and assemble your burgers layering mushrooms, onions, sauce, and optional veggies of your choice like grilled peppers or zucchinis. Use hamburger buns, add slices of mozzarella cheese or vegan provolone, and serve with veggie chips. Prep and cook in 30 minutes.
Tofu Veggie Burgers
Tofu is an underrated vegan protein because most people associate the white block with a bland flavor. But in reality, tofu offers a white canvas to make anything vegan you’d like, from skewers to ricotta, nuggets to dips. For these patties just mash the tofu with spices and wheat germ (or almond meal). Shape the patties and pan-fry them for an easy and light vegan lunch.
Veggie burgers can start to taste the same after a while, so including a different ingredient is a nice change. Beets add a bit of sweetness to these veggie burgers while boosting the nutrition factor, and adding a slight purple hue. No need to cook the beets either; simply cut into quarters and blend along with cooked rice, black beans, shallots, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, and cumin.
Vegetable Veggie Burgers
This healthy and low-fat veggie burger recipe uses tofu and lots and lots of veggies to form a healthy and high-fiber vegetarian patty. One potato serves as the starch to hold together the patty and it is just enough to give them firmness without taking away the crunch of the veggies.
The oats in the dough make these patties extra similar in texture to ground beef, and the meaty mushrooms and spices can fool a devoted carnivore. Onions, garlic, parmesan, parsley, and oregano form the flavor profile, but cayenne or paprika could add an extra kick.
Once you get the hang of the basic ingredients needed for a moist patty, you can create your own by simply using the ingredients that you like the most, like sweet potatoes and quinoa, brown rice and tofu, beans, and cornmeal, grilled portobellos, or seitan and vegetables. Show meat who’s boss with these terrific vegan and vegetarian burger options.