Light and Tasty Veggie Burgers
Veggie burgers can be made with chickpeas, black beans, white beans, potatoes, lentils, and pretty much any other vegetable that can be mashed and formed into a patty. And made right, they're delicious—but fragile. Even with binders like breadcrumbs, oats, egg whites, or farina, veggie burger patties tend to be delicate things that don't fare well on the grill. Unless you're using whole portobello mushrooms as the "patties," you're likely to have more success cooking your veggie burgers on the stovetop or under the broiler, then flipping them very carefully when the time comes. Commercial patties tend to be more robust, of course, but we're talking about homemade versions here. Click through the slides to find recipes for our all-time favorite veggie burgers.
Mushroom Lentil Burgers
Make homemade veggie burgers in a snap with precooked lentils. We like the black beluga variety from Archer Farms, with no added salt. Brown lentils can be substituted but tend to be more moisture-dense and may require additional breadcrumbs to help bind the burgers.
Berkeley Veggie Burger
Big-time flavors from blue cheese and horseradish make this burger delicious.
Buffalo Quinoa Burgers
Black Bean-Quinoa Burger
Veggie burgers are, for many, the go-to low-fat option for dinner in a snap. The frozen-food aisle is packed with different varieties made from chickpeas, black beans, soy, and quinoa. But look beyond the main ingredient, and you'll find that most are highly processed, loaded with sodium, and made with a laundry list of ingredients (one popular brand tallied 38) that go well beyond veggies, including things like isolated proteins. They're usually quite small, too—about 2.5 ounces—leaving you hungry again in a few hours. Our mission? Use whole ingredients to create a simple, tasty homemade veggie burger with staying power.
"New" New Mexican Green Chile Cheeseburgers
Black bean patties make a savory, delicious alternative to beef. A poblano pepper can stand in for the Cubanelle.
Lentil-Barley Burgers with Fiery Fruit Salsa
Use leftover cooked pearl barley with lentils, veggies, and seasonings for a hearty main-dish burger sans the bun. Fruit salsa adds bright flavors. Serve with lime wedges for added zest.
Middle Eastern Chickpea Miniburgers
Serve each burger on a whole-grain slider bun with lettuce, crisp radish slices, roasted red bell pepper, and canola-based mayonnaise. Two burgers per person!
Our Homemade Quick Black Bean Burger
Serve these quick black bean burgers on a bun with a hot sauce-spiked ketchup, spinach leaves, tomato slice, a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, avocado slices, and onion for a tasty and nutritious entrée.
Because of the portobello’s firm texture, these burgers will please both vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. Half of a roasted bell pepper is stirred into mayonnaise for the sandwich spread. Use the leftover bell pepper as a pizza topping, or in a salad or a pasta dish.
Grilled Lemon-Basil Tofu Burgers
Tofu makes a filling and tasty burger! This vegetarian protein source is full of heart-healthy fats and, like all veggies, is cholesterol-free. Marinating the tofu slices helps them acquire a golden crust when grilled while olive-garlic mayonnaise on the sandwich adds a Mediterranean flavor. Serve with grilled asparagus.
Red-Lentil Burgers with Aioli
These satisfying patties are made with a mixture of red lentils, mushrooms, carrots, and onions. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings and a dollop of aioli.
Open-Faced Falafel Burgers
This Middle Eastern vegetarian sandwich is typically stuffed in a pita, but our version offers a more eye-catching presentation. Garnish with parsley.
Hominy-Pinto Burgers with Roasted Poblano Chiles
For an easy side, combine fresh corn, chopped avocado, red onion, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. If you can't find masa harina for the burger mixture, substitute dry polenta or cornmeal.
Corn and Two-Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup
The sweet-smoky-spicy ketchup in this recipe adds a decidedly Southwestern flavor, and also pairs quite well with sweet potato fries. Other toppings, though, could take the patties in a totally different direction: Try a spicy brown mustard or pesto mayonnaise.