10 Amazing Veggie Burgers to Make Tonight

By Ashley Marcin on 1 October 2014 1 comment

One of my favorite weeknight meals includes the homemade veggie burger. Sure, you can buy burgers in the freezer section of your local grocery store — but have you seen their ingredients lists? Plus, homemade just tastes better. In fact, my husband and I enjoy our homemade burgers so much, we go out to eat far less often these days, saving us tons of money. (See also: Cheaper and Healthier Than Store Bought: 10 Great Freeze Ahead Burrito Recipes)

Try this trick: Freeze veggie burgers for quick weeknight meals. Most recipes should respond well to this technique: Shape into patties, lay out on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Then transfer into airtight plastic bags and eat within six months (or longer, depending on your freezer and storage). To serve, let defrost for an hour or so, then cook on your stovetop over medium-high heat until golden on both sides and warm in the center.

Now, on to the recipes!

1. Zucchini Black Bean Burgers

These Zucchini and Black Bean Burgers are a wonderful source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. They also come together in a snap. Just combine shredded zucchini with a can of drained black beans and some flax meal. Season however you like, then form patties, and cook on your stovetop.

2. Quinoa White Bean Burgers

I love finding new ways to eat quinoa, so these Quinoa and White Bean Burgers are certainly on my to-try list. The author of this recipe shares that you can fry or bake them, and if you don't have all the ingredients on the list — just substitute in like things. For example, frozen corn could be swapped with frozen peas.

3. Chickpea Burgers

I created these Chickpea Burgers when I discovered I was out of all other types of beans one night. Use two cans of beans with some chopped onion and chili pepper and bulk up using oats and flax meal. You can season however you like, but I recommend cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper.

4. Eggplant Burgers

These vegan Baked Eggplant Burgers contain some unexpected ingredients. Hummus makes the list along with pine nuts. In other words: Uniquely delicious! To continue on this theme, top burgers with tahini versus standard ketchup and mustard.

5. Beet Burgers

Shock your vegetarian and vegan friends by serving blood-red Beet Burgers at your next dinner party. Along with the amazingly vibrant color and delicious earthy-sweet flavor, they contain a good dose of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, and C.

6. Cauliflower Burgers

These Paleo-friendly Cauliflower and Carrot Burgers bind together using protein-rich eggs. They are also gluten-free, grain-free, and and legume-free if you have special dietary restrictions. Oh, and if you have a nut allergy, you can also swap in sunflower kernels for the walnuts.

7. Tofu Burgers

I used to live two blocks from the famed Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY. So, when I found their Classic Tofu Burger recipe online, I knew it had to make this list. The mix creates eight good-sized burgers, but you can also choose to shape into faux "meatballs" and serve with spaghetti.

8. Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

I once saw an episode of Man V. Food where host Adam Richman explored the incredible Juicy Lucy, a stuffed cheeseburger native to Minneapolis, MN. It looked crazy good, so I just had to replicate it at home. And the Vegetarian Juicy Lucy was born. I recommend serving this burger on sourdough buns atop a bed of sweet potato fries.

9. Copycat Sunshine Burgers

Do you like Sunshine Burgers? So do I! Here's a wonderful copycat recipe that is just as tasty, yet less expensive. All you need are sunflower kernels, brown rice, carrots, and garlic cloves. Like the original, these veggie burgers are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

10. Sweet Potato Burgers

Think sweet potato fries go on the side? Think again! These Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers have so many flavors and textures going on. Use your microwave to quickly cook potatoes in their skins before mashing coarsely. Then mix with the other ingredients and let cool before cooking on your stovetop.

What's your favorite veggie burger recipe? Please share a bite in comments!

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Thanks Ashley. I shared a link on my website. These sound delicious! I think I'd like to try a Sweet Potato Burger.