For those who are trying to cut back on meat, burgers pose a pretty big problem. When the typical alternatives are a giant mushroom or a thin, frozen patty, it’s easy to say “screw it” and grab the nearest cheeseburger. Before giving up, feast your eyes on these nine veg-heavy (and some vegan and gluten-free) burgers that are just as satisfying to sink your teeth into as the real thing. Pro tip: Make double batches of these recipes and store in the freezer to use when you’re feeling lazy.
An earthy combination of mushrooms, zucchini, and soy sauce mingle with ground sunflower seeds and oat flour in this gluten-free and vegan burger. The accompanying mustard sauce cuts through the rich burger with notes of sweet tomato and acidic apple cider vinegar.
We saw the words “garlic whipped feta” and nearly cried tears of joy. Of course, it’s not all about that creamy Greek yogurt and cheese sauce (well, maybe it kind of is. . . ), but just picture how tasty it is smeared over a roasted yellow squash and zucchini burger. We’re heading to the store right now.
Imagine how satisfying it would be to bite into this incredible magenta burger—just maybe don’t wear a white shirt. Bursting with creamy feta and handful of fresh basil, these potassium-rich beet burgers are a killer addition to any barbecue spread.
Mash sweet potatoes with tofu and a dollop of tahini for a burger that’s just the right balance of sweet and nutty. We think it sounds like a perfect winter burger but won’t tell if you make a batch for a summer supper.
Bursting with protein from their chickpea base, these spicy green chile burgers are bound to become a weekly staple. Use crushed yellow corn tortilla chips instead of flour to offset the moisture from the chiles and chickpeas. The best part? These burgers come together in 30 minutes!
Blend Old Bay seasoning into a mixture of mild chickpeas and cauliflower for a burger that’s reminiscent of your favorite crab cake—but packed with veggies and protein. If you don’t have time to make the vegan mayo, add a squeeze of lemon to your favorite jarred version.
Pepper jack cheese gets cozy with cauliflower and cooked quinoa in these spicy burgers. Try your favorite mild nut flour instead of breadcrumbs if you’re avoiding gluten, and serve with chopped fresh cilantro and crunchy purple cabbage.
Bite into these four-ingredient burgers and we bet any yearning for beef will subside. Cook plant protein-rich lentils (we recommend using the mild brown type) and blend with raisins, walnuts, and breadcrumbs. The result? A substantial burger with a just touch of sweetness.
Pair nutty brown rice with roasted sweet potato and basil in this vegan burger. Flavored with a rich spice mixture of cumin, chile powder, and turmeric, these patties are just as tasty when served classically on a bun as they are over a bed of lettuce smothered in your favorite burger toppings