Our 13 Best Veggie Burger Recipes (2024)

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Updated on October 18, 2022

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Commercial veggie burgers have come a long way in their ability to mimic meat in both taste and texture, but their vegetable-packed, whole grain counterparts still make for satisfying, toothsome meat alternatives. The beauty of preparing veggie burgers at home is that you can custom flavor the patties with your favorite spices and create texture with whole foods like beans, nuts, and mushrooms. From classic black bean burgers to cumin-spiced red lentil burgers and a ratatouille-inspired rendition made with stacked roasted veggies, these are our most delicious veggie burger recipes.

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Double Drive-Thru Veggie Burgers

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Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is famous for her deliciously charred veggie burgers. For a "special sauce," she swaps out mayo for silken-tofu mayonnaise to make a tangy-sweet vegan take on Thousand Island dressing.

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Rajma (Kidney Bean Curry) Veggie Burgers

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Your quest for the perfect veggie burger is over. Cookbook author Chitra Agrawal's version uses mashed kidney beans, which get an umami burst with the addition of grated Parmesan and a melty slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Don't skip the piles of toppings: They make this already wonderful burger even more special.

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Cumin-Spiced Red Lentil Burgers

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The red lentils in these Indian-inspired vegetarian burgers don't need to be soaked and cook super quickly. The cooling homemade yogurt sauce provides a great counterpoint to the spicy patties.

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Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup

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Eating vegan for a month led Top Chef winner Richard Blais to examine his pantry more closely. He discovered that ground porcini mushrooms add a meaty flavor to dishes like his veggie burger.

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Black Bean Burgers

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If you suspect that veggie burgers are a pale imitation of the all-beef original, try these robust DIY patties. Made with black beans and farro and topped with roasted red pepper spread, they're moist and delicious.

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Vada Pav (Potato Fritter Sandwich)

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This sandwich is a vegetarian's dream. It's also a nice option for meat lovers looking for a sandwich stuffed with something just as enticing as a burger. Vada pav, one of Mumbai's most popular street foods, is a potato fritter the size of a baseball stuffed into a flaky white bun, smeared with coconut and spicy green chile chutneys, and then squished until it's small enough to fit into your mouth.

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Brown Rice Veggie Burgers

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Another approach to veggie burgers uses the natural nutty sweetness of brown rice in the patty. Monterey Jack cheese, chipotle and poblano pepper, peas, and pumpkin seeds contribute extra flavor and texture.

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Ultimate Veggie Burgers

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These veggie burgers hit every satisfying, savory note with a hearty mix of pearl barley, chickpeas, mushrooms, and crispy panko. For the sturdiest patties, evenly distribute the panko by stirring the patty mixture until very well-combined.

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Spiced-Tofu Sandwiches

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For this fantastic vegetarian spin on a burger, grilled tofu gets marinated in a smoky spice paste, then topped with barbecue mayo.

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Roasted Veggie Burgers with Carrot Ketchup

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Chef Edward Lee takes a different tack to the traditional veggie burger. Rather than creating a patty, Lee layers roasted vegetables and tops it off with melted cheese. "It looks like a slice of a rainbow," he says.

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Beet-Bean Cheeseburger

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This exceptional veggie burger, created by chef Dan Barber for his WastED pop-up at Blue Hill in New York City, has a lot of ingredients; each one adds to the taste and texture and makes it exceptional. The key is cooking the burger until it's well-seared, so you get the familiar charred flavor.

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Corn and Shiitake Fritters

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Sweet corn kernels take two different forms in these crispy cakes. Half the corn is pureed into the batter; the other half is sautéed with shiitake and onion to give the fritters crunch. Serve them on buns slider-style or simple and unadorned.

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Crispy Quinoa Sliders

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These crispy, light little patties are fantastic as mini vegetarian burgers, and they'd be great served alongside a salad.

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FAQs

How can I make my veggie burger better? ›

Spices and tomato paste: Smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper combine to make these burgers a little smoky and incredibly delicious. Tomato paste adds color, sweetness, and an umami flavor to the burgers (highly recommended!). Cooked rice: Adds more texture to the veggie burgers.

What binds a veggie burger together? ›

Common binding agents include flax eggs (a mixture of ground flaxseed and water), chia seeds, mashed potatoes, tapioca flour, or even your favorite nut butter. These ingredients help hold everything together and prevent your burger from crumbling.

How do you make frozen veggie burgers taste better? ›

Slice up some onions and (optional) beets thinly. The onions help to keep the burgers moist and add steam and flavour during cooking. If you don't like onions, try sliced mushrooms. Spices like garlic powder and a good barbecue sauce are also important for that authentic barbecue flavour.

How do you add flavor to veggie burgers? ›

Fresh veggies are good too, but heighten their flavor as well by roasting or toasting them. Toasted corn kernels, roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions will all enliven the flavor of your burgers. Creating food with complexity isn't hard.

What condiments do you put on a veggie burger? ›

Serve with all the toppings

Serve on hamburger buns and any burger fixings you love! Go with the classic: burger sauce or vegan mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickle slices, lettuce, tomato and onion. Or get creative with barbecue sauce, Sriracha vegan mayo, avocado and arugula, etc.

What is the best vegan binder for veggie burgers? ›

Use Silken Tofu, a Flax Egg, or Aquafaba as a Vegan Binder.

It is nice and thick, firms up similarly to how an egg cooks, and it's almost impossible for anything to fall apart when using it. It does need to be blended with water first; not a big deal, just a little less convenient.

What are the best vegetables for burgers? ›

You can grill or sauté fruits and vegetables, or simply clean, chop and add to your burger.
  • Fruits: pineapple, mango, apples, peaches, pears, avocado.
  • Vegetables: tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, arugula, peppers, onions, squash, corn, eggplant, artichokes, sprouts, zucchini.

What is a non egg binder for burgers? ›

If you want to use a binder in your meat, but don't want to use egg, other alternatives are flour such as wheat flour, cracker crumbs, or even oatmeal. Most commonly used is bread crumbs and bit of milk or water. You can also mix in some more beef fat finely ground.

What can I put on my veg to make it taste better? ›

Adding something tangy will instantly brighten up your veggies and make them more interesting. Try a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime before serving, or make a zingy dressing with equal parts vinegar and oil, a touch of mild mustard and a pinch of salt.

How can I make my burger more interesting? ›

Mix in ingredients like chopped onions, minced garlic, grated carrots, or chopped mushrooms into the ground beef before cooking to add extra flavor and texture. Top the burger with a variety of condiments and toppings. For example, you could use different sauces like barbecue sauce, hot sauce, or aioli.

What can I add to burgers to make it better? ›

Keep it classic with sliced tomato, iceberg lettuce, and sliced onions. I love pickled red onions on my burger (they're super easy to make and add a lovely tangy crunch). For something rich and creamy, go for sliced avocado or a dollop of homemade guacamole.

How do you make premade burgers taste better? ›

Even though your beef patties are already rich in flavor, a bit of seasoning will never go amiss. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on both sides of your frozen patty. Remember, it's better to start with less seasoning — you can always add more to taste after cooking.

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