Meatless Burger Recipes That Are (Almost) Too Good to Believe

Veggie lovers rejoice.

By Lily Young
Poolburger in Austin, Texas

Ed. note: this post was originally published in May 2019, but we wanted to bring it out of the archives in hopes that it inspires you to create delicious, plant-based meals during your time quarantined at home during COVID-19. We can’t wait until the day we are able to host bbq parties with friends again, but until then, we are trying out best to celebrate the season at home in our own backyards! 

Whether you’re a meat eater or not, the idea of a delicious, juicy burger at a summer barbecue just feels right. There are few things that scream the season more than firing up the grill and sipping a cocktail while you watch the sunset and cook dinner outside. Good conversation, good vibes, and most importantly, a meal that will leave you with that unbeatable sunshine-y feeling. If the typical meat and bun situation isn’t your thing, a plant-based burger may be the answer.

While meat free might not always be your go-to, chances are that one of these tasty, veggie filled burgers will land a spot on the menu at your next outdoor barbecue. And these recipes will make your vegetarian friends really happy.

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“Easiest Ever” Grilled Veggie Burgers

Who said veggie burgers couldn’t hang on the grill with the rest of them? While so many are almost impossible to cook on the grill, this recipe makes it happen.

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Minimalist Baker Gluten Free Burger

This burger is perfect when cooking for a crowd. No meat, no gluten, minimal ingredients that you probably already have tucked in the pantry, and all the flavor. It’s a win-win for you and your guests.

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Hello Glow Sweet Potato Avocado Lime Burger

Sweet potato. Avocado. Lime. Need I say more? This burger is full of unique flavors that are guaranteed to convert anyone on the fence about plant-based options. With the addition of veggies and turmeric, this burger will leave you feeling nourished and craving more.

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Half Baked Harvest Cheddar Bacon Portobello Burger

Just cause they’re “veggie burgers” doesn’t mean you can’t top it with bacon, right? This burger is what I consider to be the heaviest of the bunch, but is packed with flavor and easy to pull together. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and salty, with a nice kick.

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Pinch Of Yum Spicy Cauliflower Burger

Cauliflower in a burger? Yep, you read correctly. With the addition of chipotle mayo, “magic” green sauce and crunchy cilantro slaw, who couldn’t be on board?

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Best Ever Black Bean Veggie Burger

Black bean burgers are one of the most popular options for burger alternatives, and for good reason! Black beans are packed with protein and give the burger an unbeatable flavor and are perfect to freeze and enjoy later, so don’t be afraid to double up the recipe. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Roasted Zucchini Burger With Garlic Whipped Feta

This burger will take you straight to the Mediterranean with its fresh, unique flavors. Summer is the time for zucchini, so adding it to your burger just seems right. This recipe combines so many delicious ingredients, how could it not be amazing??

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Falafel Burger With Yogurt Dill Sauce

This recipe combines two of my favorite things, falafel, and burgers. Sounds like a power duo if you ask me! With chickpeas as the base, this is a healthy option that will satisfy your burger craving in a whole new way. Top it off with the fresh yogurt dill sauce and you’ll forget about old school burgers altogether.

Meatless Monday doesn’t sound so bad after all.

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