35 Veggie Burger Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love
Can we give you some advice? It’s time to add veggie burgers to your weekly dinner rotation. And when we say “veggie burgers,” we’re not talking about that box of freezer-burned hockey pucks that have been hanging out in the back of your freezer for the last four years. With a little help from your food processor, homemade veggie burgers are meal-prep magic. Dinner on the table in ten minutes? It’s possible.
1. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers
Our two favorite veggies, together at last. Add some smashed avocado and homemade spicy mayo to take it over the top.
2. Roasted Zucchini Burgers with Garlic Whipped Feta
The secret to the smoky flavor and delightfully non-mushy texture? Roast the zucchini, squash and garlic in advance.
3. Quinoa and White Bean Veggie Burgers
Chances are, you have a container of cooked quinoa in your fridge from the other night. Toss in the ancient grain for added crunch and 13g of protein. See? Leftovers, but make them fancy.
4. Spiced Zucchini, Feta and Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Minted Yogurt Sauce
Pile them high with goodies from the farmers market. (Want to make these babies gluten-free? Just subtract the bun.)
5. Paleo Veggie Mushroom Burgers
Cousin Sally is eating vegetarian. Uncle Bob just went Paleo. Voilà, a dinner they can both eat, and one you'll be devouring, too.
6. Chickpea Veggie Burger with Fried Halloumi
Have we introduced you to our new favorite cheese? This salty, crispy fromage is a game changer. Eat your heart out, mozzarella sticks.
7. Black Bean Burgers
The secret ingredient? Worcestershire sauce. (And tons of ketchup and mustard to go on top.)
8. Vegan Lentil-Mushroom Burgers
These guys are made with protein-packed LePuy lentils, which are rich in soluable fiber so they stabilize your blood sugar and make you feel full longer.
9. Quinoa Beet Cakes
Aka what happens when a veggie burger gets all dressed up for a night on the town. Top them with fresh herbs and goat cheese for an added zing that’ll make them disappear in minutes.
10. Greek Roasted Cauliflower Burgers with Pan-Fried Feta and Tomato Olive Salsa
Some nights, you want a light, nutritious meal that you can grab before yoga class. This is not one of those meals. Save this glorious mountain of flavor for Sunday night, when you can hang out on the couch and watch Netflix for the next three hours.
11. Spicy Miso Portobello Mushroom Burger
If you’ve ever had a bad portobello burger, you know they can be dry, wrinkly and flavorless. The trick: Brush the mushroom with a tasty marinade—like miso, sriracha and sesame oil—before cooking.
12. Vegan Falafel Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
Thanks to tons of Italian parsley, this burger is a delightful shade of green (and also bursting with flavor). Don’t skimp on the creamy Greek yogurt sauce.
13. Chickpea Burgers
Hey, you with the pita chips. If you’ve only been eating your chickpeas in hummus form, listen up. This filling and flavorful chickpea burger is stuffed with protein (14g, to be exact).
14. Sprouted Lentil Burgers
It’s time to get fancy: For an added crunch, sprinkle veggie burgers with sesame seeds before grilling. It’s life changing.
15. Roasted Cauliflower Sliders
For those times when you don’t want to eat an entire burger (but end up eating seven little ones instead).
16. Barbecue Black Bean and Jackfruit Burger
Have you ever tried jackfruit? It’s a tangy, exotic fruit that tastes surprisingly like pulled pork. Try adding a bit to your regularly scheduled veggie burger to give it a juicy texture.
17. Bean, Mushroom and Carrot Veggie Burger
This recipe calls for cannellini beans, but you can use any beans you have on hand, like butter beans, black beans, chickpea or red kidney beans. Cooking made easy...on your grocery list, that is.
18. Roasted Corn and Black Bean Burgers with Avocado and Cotija
You’ve had a bunch of veggie burgers in your lifetime, but we’re willing to bet you’ve never had one with fresh roasted corn. That, my friends, is about to change.
19. Quinoa Ranch Cauliflower Burgers with Zucchini Coleslaw
OK, this burger isn’t exactly spa food, but we’re all about the sneaky addition of ranch dressing and cheddar cheese.
20. Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers with Grilled Halloumi and Curried Tahini Sauce
Don’t sleep on sunflower seeds—they add an extra meatiness and crunch, and pack in even more protein. (Now, if you need us, we’ll be drinking this tahini sauce.)
21. Southwest Veggie Burgers
On those nights you can’t be bothered to cook a burger from scratch (no judgement, we’ve been there), this shortcut uses store-bought veggie burgers, then tops them with guac and drowns them in chipotle aioli.
22. Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers
Make a double batch and pop them in the freezer—they’ll last for up to four weeks, so you can have quick, tasty dinners all month long.
23. Vegan Curry-Spiced Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Burgers
Forget the fries. Put sweet potatoes right on your burger (and spice them with curry and cumin while you’re at it).
24. Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burgers
These juicy burgers get their smoky flavor from vegan barbecue sauce—we like to slather on a little extra after the burger cooks, too.
25. Amaranth Cakes with Lentils, Kale and Chipotle Aioli
For the uninitiated, amaranth is an ancient grain with a bright, grassy flavor. Think of it as quinoa’s chic cousin. And did we mention that a cup has almost 10g of protein?
26. Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers
Not your mama's veggie burger. Bookmark this decadent recipe for the next time a close-minded carnivore comes over for dinner.
27. Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers
These ten-ingredient burgers get their sweet, smoky flavor from fresh herbs (like basil), spices (like turmeric) and a few tablepsoons of tahini.
30. Broccoli Potato Burgers
Until now, we thought broccoli was reserved for stir-fries and picnic salads. We were so wrong.
31. Balsamic Portobello Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Garlic Aioli
Six-ingredient burgers, topped with smoky onions and a creamy (vegan) garlic sauce? Sign us up.
35. Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers
Ten ingredients, full bellies, can’t lose. (Don’t forget the spicy mango chutney—it’s mandatory.)