One of the things that many people miss when they begin a plant based diet is a good burger. There’s just something about the different elements to this classic American dish that gets us drooling, and if the right flavours and textures aren’t there then it is just not going to cut the mustard.
In this post I am going to find for you the best 15 homemade veggie burgers out there that are not only 100% plant based, but also hit the spot in the taste and texture department too.
A good veggie burger needs to hold its shape, have a ‘bite’ to it, and also be bursting with flavour. This used to be a tall order not too long ago, but with the boom of plant based eating, chefs are experimenting more, and many companies are ploughing a lot of money and resources on creating the ultimate burger that cannot be diffrentiated from any other meat based burger.
I won’t be focusing on shop bough burgers here, as they are usually crammed with isolated proteins, preservatives and sometimes a whole list of unscrupulous ingredients which probably aren’t very good for the human body. Or, they may be ok as a now and then treat, but not for every day use.
Whole Foods Diet
The burgers on this list will be made mostly from whole plant foods. Eating whole foods in general are a much healthier way to do the plant based diet, as they will fill you up for longer and don’t contain too many ’empty’ calories in the form of refined sugars and oils.
Whole foods plant based food list
Here is a list of foods that is acceptable on the whole foods plant based diet, and the more you eat of them the better you will feel. They are all high in nutrients and antioxidants, are low GI, and will help keep your weight stable.
- Fruits (not juices)
- Dried fruits with no added sugar
- Maple syrup is usually ok in moderation
- 100% nut butters
- Brown rice
- Wholemeal, chickpea or lentil pastas
- Wholegrain spelt
- Pearl barley
- Buckwheat – flour, grouts, flakes
- Oats and oatmeal
As you can see, there is actually an abundance of whole foods you can eat on a plant based diet, and your veggie burgers below will be using all of these ingredients to create something mouth-watering and delicious for you.
Top 15 Plant Based Veggie Burgers
1. Vegan Patty Melt
This delicious burger has everything you need in a vegan burger. It’s crunchy on the outside, with texture on the inside. It’s also made from highly nutritious black beans which give a burger that traditional colour to make you feel like you’re eating an actual burger.
Also containing sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast and tahini, this yummy burger is high in protein, healthy fats and B vitamins. Serve in a bun with extra mushrooms, vegan cheese, and lettuce and you have a great, family friendly meal bursting with nutrition.
2. Black Bean and Brown Rice Burger
This tasty burger is FAT FREE and super high fiber, making this is a great burger for you if you’re watching your weight.
You will also find a whopping 12g of protein in this burger, which is an ample amount considering it contains no protein isolates like you get in many of your shop bought versions.
The brown rice gives you texture, and the sweet potato adds an element of sweetness that compliments the smokey BBQ sauce. This is definitely a good one for the BBQ on a summers day!
3. DIY Impossible Burger
Omg, if you love the impossible burger, then you’re going to love this one!
This is a way healthier version, and is made of all whole food ingredients including mushrooms and tempeh to give it the right texture.
Tempeh is probably one of the closest things to the texture of meat in the plant based world. It’s made from fermented soy beans (sometimes grains) and is extremely high in complete protein and very nutritious.
If you want a traditional burger, then this is the one for you. Serve with a bun, lettuce, tomato, relish and a portion of healthy fries for that traditional feel.
4. Quinoa and Kidney Bean Burgers
Quinoa is an amazing source of the full spectrum amino acids you need on a plant based or vegan diet, and should be eaten in abundance. That’s why I just had to find a burger recipe that incorporated this protein and omega 3 fatty acid rich seed (yes, it’s technically a seed).
This burger is seasoned with the same spices you would put in a chili, and the fact that it also contains kidney beans means this probably tastes like chili in a bun. Definitely worth a try, especially with those delicious looking, crunchy spiralised vegetables.
5. Chickpea and Sweetcorn Burger
This Jamie Oliver chickpea burger is one of my favorites, and I always have a batch in my freezer. It’s the texture of the sweetcorn in that burger that gives it a lovely chewiness.
This high protein burger is very simple and contains only a handful of store cupboard ingredients. Honestly, if you have a can of chickpeas and sweetcorn in your cupboard, then you could knock this up with literally any spices you like (I have done this myself and it always works).
6. Easy to Grill Veggie Burgers
Now, a lot of homemade veggie burgers easily fall apart upon grilling which can be a nightmare, especially when you want to give them that amazing char grilled effect on your BBQ.
Well, I’m pleased to report that these high protein, substantial and ‘meaty’ burgers are promising to hold their shape on either grill, skillet or BBQ.
Ingredients of brown rice, panko breadcrumbs and walnuts give this burger a great texture and also some healthy omega 3 fatty acids which are great for you brain and skin. Serve this with a big, green salad and you have the ultimate beauty burger.
7. Six Ingredient Veggie Burgers
These plant based burgers are perfect if you want something very simple that can be made out of anything you have in. You can use whatever beans or vegetables you have to hand, just be sure to get some good spices and herbs in there as the secret to a good veggie burger is FLAVOUR!
Never over-process your veggie burger ingredients (especially the beans). Always mash up half, and only very roughly mash up the rest. You want chunks for texture, otherwise you aren’t going to be too convinced you’re eating a burger.
8. Vegan Lentil Burger
This burger had a whopping 5/5 stars on Google, so I’m presuming it’s good. Lentils are packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals and lots of gut healthy fiber, so putting them into a burger just makes them all the better.
What makes this burger different from the rest is it contains raisins, which oddly do go with the lentils. Combine this with the chopped walnuts and mustard sauce and I’m betting this one is a taste bud sensation.
9. Kidney Bean Burgers
These burgers are ridiculously easy to make, and contain just two main ingredients of kidney beans and oats. Again, another store cupboard staple so usually requires no shopping.
Its only seasonings are garlic, mustard and onion powder bound together with a little ketchup. Bish, bash bosh. Done!
Enjoy in a classic bun with some salad and fries.
10. Sweet Potato Burgers
Something different here – sweet potatoes, white beans, and lots of aromatic and warming herbs and spices make this delicious looking burger stand out from the crowd.
To make it even more healthy, serve with a lovely wedge of avocado as per picture, along with some kimchi, vegan mayo and a high fiber wholemeal bun. This one is a complete meal alone and without the need for sides, but of course some nice spicy wedges would go down a treat too.
11. Portobello Mushroom Burger
This post wouldn’t be complete without the addition of a delicious all mushroom burger. The mushroom is marinated in sweet balsamic vinegar and served with a rich garlic and cashew aioli sauce and carmalised onions.
This dish is probably the more complicated of all of the burgers on this list (even then, it’s still pretty easy), but you can guarantee that the effort will be worth it.
Keep it healthy by serving on a granary bun with a big side salad.
12. Chipotle and Pumpkin Veggie Burgers
Pumpkin (I think) is something very different to make a burger out of that will give it a unique taste, especially when paired with chipotle peppers.
The addition of cannellini beans and oats will boost the protein content to make these burgers into a substantial meal, alongside a generous serving of that delectable mashed avocado and chipotle aioli sauce of course.
13. High Protein Mushroom Burgers
These awesome mushroom burgers contain the sweet taste of teriyaki to give them that little extra special something, and their extra high protein content comes from the addition of nutritional yeast, omega rich walnuts and brown rice.
Mushrooms always offer a great meaty texture to any vegan dish and burgers are no exception. Walnuts too, seem to have a similar effect; hence the reason chopped, roasted walnuts are usually an addition to most vegan bolognese sauces.
Serve this juicy mushroom burger with a classic bun and some sliced tomato, avocado and raw onion.
14. Vegan Chicken Burger
Don’t ask me how you make chickpeas taste like chicken, but that’s exactly what is claimed to be happening with this ‘Healthy Kitchen’ recipe.
The main ingredients to this “chicken” burger are chickpeas, brown rice, yellow potatoes and oats, along with lots of traditional chicken herbs and nutritional yeast.
They are also baked, so oil free and promised crispiness on the outside. Definitely well worth a try as they look family friendly and super healthy.
15. Amazing Vegan Tofu Burgers
Tofu is one of the highest whole food plant based proteins you can get. It’s also a form of highly bio available protein and contains a full amino acid profile, so make sure you get some tofu or soy beans into your plant based diet a couple of times a week.
Tofu has a neutral taste and can take on any flavour you dare to give it, so you could easily experiment with these simple burgers once you have got your block of tofu crumbed and ready to go.
The burgers in this recipe are flavoured with onions, soy sauce and garlic, which I’d say are pretty classic tofu flavours as they’re strong and bold and flavourless tofu can take it.
A good burger recipe should be a staple in any plant based eaters repertoire. They are easy to make, can be frozen separately for quick meals in the future, can be taken out last minute for a BBQ, and can be eaten in so many different ways. Enjoy in a bun, with a salad, on a bed of quinoa or grains, or with some steamed or roasted vegetables.
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