How to Pick the Perfect Veggie Burger
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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:

  1. There’s a common misconception that if it isn’t beef, it isn’t tasty
  2. 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?veggie burger with a sesame bun on a wooden table

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 burgerhand grabbing veggie burger on a plate with multiple burgers

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

The Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger are among the most popular options you can find at your local grocery store.

In comparison, homemade veggie burgers such as our own Ultimate Veggie Burger and this Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger by Minimalist Baker are packed with unprocessed whole foods.

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:

1.Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Fabanaise

Made with chickpea brine, this innovative vegan mayo has the perfect kick to titillate your taste buds.

2.Thousand Island Dressing by Follow Your Heart

This Thousand Island dressing is as good as the non-vegan classic and pairs amazingly with caramelized onions.

3.Creamy Original Chao Slices by Field Roast

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!

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