Summer is grilling season – and that means everywhere you turn, burgers are on the menu.
While this makes mealtime easy for meat-eaters, things aren’t quite as simple for plant-based diners – for two reasons:
- There’s a common misconception that if it isn’t beef, it isn’t tasty
- There are a ton of veggie burger options to choose from
Don’t let either of those spoil your dinner. The first point simply isn’t true, and we’re here to help you with the second one. Read on for everything you need to know to pick the perfect veggie burger.
What’s in a veggie burger anyway?
Short answer? Plants.
All jokes aside, veggie burgers may be 100% made from plant ingredients, but their actual content varies greatly.
From popular store-bought vegan burgers that bleed, to the humble homemade patty, we are breaking it all down for you right now!
Anatomy of a perfect veggie burger
We may all have unique tastes but when it comes to enjoying a burger, some criteria are essential. We’re talking texture, flavor, and of course, juiciness!
There are many different ways to achieve the perfect balance of these elements but one thing’s for sure:
It’s all about the base.
Store-bought vs. homemade patties
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The Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger are among the most popular options you can find at your local grocery store.
- The Beyond Burger is made out of pea protein, coconut oil, and various spices
- The Impossible Burger contains wheat and potato protein
- The Ultimate Veggie Burger patties are made of chickpeas, wholemeal bread crumbs, carrots, onions, garlic and spices
- The Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger is full of quinoa, black beans, raw pecans, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and spices
The best vegan toppings
No burger is complete without a little zing. Be it, ketchup, mayo, or a good ole’ pickle, skimping on condiments is a no-no in our book!
Here are some of our favorite vegan options to take your veggie burger to the next level:
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Made with chickpea brine, this innovative vegan mayo has the perfect kick to titillate your taste buds.
Veggie burgers have come a long way in recent years! What are your favorite fixings on your #plantbased burgers? We like to keep it simple with our American Slices, our #Vegan Thousand Island Dressing, some #Vegenaise and plenty of grilled onions. @meatlessmay
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This Thousand Island dressing is as good as the non-vegan classic and pairs amazingly with caramelized onions.
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If you’re one of these people who prefers cheeseburgers to ‘boring’ burgers, these vegan cheese slices are a must. Not only are they rich and creamy but they melt perfectly too!
Will you have a veggie burger at your next BBQ? If so, what are your ideal patty and fixings combos? Let us know in the comments!