If frozen veggie burgers are blah, try these flavorful veggie burgers.
Veggie burgers are a great way to eat less meat. Traditional burgers are high in saturated fat, which may raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart problems. Homemade veggie burgers are made from a combination of beans, whole grains, and/or vegetables. That makes them high in protein and fiber, but low in saturated fat.
When most people think of veggie burgers, they probably imagine the frozen pucks from the grocery store. These can work in a pinch, but you can get more flavor (and nutrients) from homemade veggie burgers. The trick is to think outside the box and use interesting ingredients and seasonings.
Homemade Veggie Burger Ideas
You might enjoy homemade veggie burgers more if you don’t think of them as a “replacement” for beef burgers. Instead, think of them as an opportunity for a fun and flavorful sandwich.
1. Teriyaki chickpea burgers
A mixture of chickpeas, brown rice, and oats gives this patty lots of fiber. It will be full of flavor, too, thanks to the homemade sesame teriyaki sauce. Find out how to make teriyaki chickpea burgers from Fried Dandelions.
2. Cajun-spiced chickpea burgers
Love Cajun flavors? This homemade veggie burger has low-calorie veggies like bell peppers and mushrooms. Then, it gets its flavor from smoky Cajun spices, tomato paste, and a homemade jalapeño aioli. Check out the recipe for Cajun-spiced chickpea burgers at Vanilla and Bean.
3. Beet burgers
Adding beetroot to a veggie burger results in a vibrant, red-colored patty. It also adds a unique flavor. Find out how to make beet burgers from The Awesome Green.
4. Falafel burgers
If you love falafel, there’s nothing stopping you from reshaping it into burger form. Just like falafel, this homemade veggie burger gets flavor from garlic, cumin, and bright green herbs. You can keep the fat content low by baking these burgers instead of frying them. Check out how to make falafel veggie burgers from Nutritious Eats.
5. Sweet potato and quinoa burgers
Not all veggie burgers are made with beans. These patties contain a fun mixture of winter squash, quinoa, kale, and pumpkin seeds. This means they have a lot of healthful nutrients and tons of texture. Find out how to make sweet potato and quinoa veggie burgers here.
6. Curried veggie burgers
Full of curry flavor? Check. Packed with fiber from beans and low-calorie veggies? Yep. Each of these patties contains 16 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein. Check out how to make curried veggie burgers here.
Don’t forget to jazz up your flavorful, homemade veggie burgers with healthy condiments. Here are the healthiest condiments from around the world.
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