The best vegetarian recipes are loaded with flavorful, colorful ingredients, not boring substitutes. Our editors have built the best vegetarian meals, starting with protein-packed ingredients like eggs, tofu, beans, and more, then adding delectable sauces, drool-inducing sides, and enough "Wow!" that you'll never miss the meat. Whether you have taken the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up sans the meat once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning. Just getting started? Try the Lentil-Barley Burger or the Phyllo Pizza and prepare to be amazed. Many of our best vegetarian recipes are highly customizable, so get ready to make them your own.
Lentil-Barley Burgers with Fiery Fruit
These bunless burgers are wonderfully hearty, with a crisp exterior and chewy-creamy interior. Though they do admittedly require a good bit of prep, the results are well worth it (just read the reviews!). For whole-grain bonus points, use cooked whole-grain (also labeled “hulled”) barley instead of pearled barley, and swap in whole-wheat panko for traditional. You may just love these burgers so much that you’ll make a double batch next time; reviewers have noted that they freeze well. The fruit salsa is, as the recipe title states, fiery—the heat comes from the minced serrano chile. For a milder version, seed the chile, leave it out, or opt for a milder jalapeño or Fresno chile.