Top Veggie Burger Brands, Plus a Recipe

Top Veggie Burger Brands, Plus a Recipe
Staff Writer
Veggie Burger

HellaWella

While all veggie burgers are great alternatives as far as cows are concerned, some pack tons of fat and calories. These barbecue-ready picks, however, boast the protein of beef burgers without the fat, plus a boost of fiber, if you don't have the time to make your own.

1. Morningstar Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Nutrition: 120 calories, 11 g protein, 4 g fat
Have water on hand for these fiery burgers.

2. Amy’s All-American Veggie Burger (vegan)
Nutrition: 140 calories, 13 g protein, 3.5 g fat
Redefine the "all-American" meaty barbeque.

3. Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger
Nutrition: 130 calories, 17 g protein, 5 g fat
This burger is "beefed up" with textured vegetable protein.

4. Boca Cheeseburger
Nutrition: 100 calories, 13 g protein, 4.5 g fat
Cheesy goodness without all the fat.

5. Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All-American Burger
Nutrition: 130 calories, 15 g protein, 4 g fat
This burger holds up great on the grill.

— Nancy Ryerson, HellaWella

Ingredients

  • One 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2  Cup  green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2  Cup  red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2  Cup  white onion, diced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • egg
  • 1  Tablespoon  cayenne
  • 1  Tablespoon  cilantro
  • 1  Tablespoon  cumin
  • 1/2  Cup  breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a pan. Add the pepper, onions, corn, and garlic, and stir for a few seconds; then cover. Let steam for about 5 minutes, or until softened.

In a large bowl, mash black beans with a fork or potato masher until pasty but chunky.

Stir the diced pepper, onions, and garlic into black bean mixture. Squeeze out excess moisture.

Whisk together egg, cayenne, cumin, and cilantro in a separate bowl. Stir egg mixture into the black beans and vegetables. Add breadcrumbs and stir.

Form mixture into 4 patties and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake burgers for about 10 minutes on each side.

Enjoy on a whole-wheat bun topped with cheese, salsa, or avocado.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
15g
17%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
22mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
49g
38%
Protein
16g
35%
Vitamin A, RAE
325µg
46%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
40mg
53%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
13µg
14%
Calcium, Ca
314mg
31%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
11g
44%
Folate, total
89µg
22%
Iron, Fe
13mg
72%
Magnesium, Mg
101mg
32%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
280mg
40%
Selenium, Se
18µg
33%
Sodium, Na
943mg
63%
Water
170g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Veggie Burger Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Veggie Burger Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.