25 Gourmet Veggie Burgers

20130218-DSC_7557-2.jpgBest Black Bean Burgers

It’s funny  – as a kid, I really did not like burgers. And when I became a vegetarian 16 years ago (this week actually!), I disliked veggie burgers with a passion. To be fair though, back then veggie burgers were not what they are today. To me, they were flavourless soy patties that were incredibly difficult to find in the first place. *hah*

Now, you can find a veggie burger at most restaurants and they are all so unique. Stores even carry a wide variety of pre-made veggie burgers that taste great. Nowadays, veggie burgers are loaded with oats, seeds, nuts, vegetables, rice, beans, lentils, spices….etc. They are filled with flavour and have great texture. And the toppings are often as unique and interesting as the burgers themselves.

Now that I’m older (and wiser?), I adore veggie burgers. I love trying different varieties at home and at restaurants. Yesterday, I had a veggie burger at The Grove. The burger was made with chickpeas, beans and walnuts. It was perfectly cripsy on the outside, but moist in the middle. The burger was topped with roasted red peppers, cucumbers, and spicy mayo – all on a roasted garlic bun. Delicious! When I got home from enjoying a nice sunny afternoon on the patio with my wonderful mom, I did some research to see how many unique veggie burger recipes I could find online. There were so many! I’m so inspired and cannot wait to make all of the recipes over the summer. I thought I would share some of my favourite findings with you, as I know many of you love veggie burgers just as much as I do. They  make for a perfect, filling meal – especially during the summer!

20120609-DSC_6442.jpgMexican White Bean Burgers with Avocado Cream (and chili-spiced pepitas)

20120904-DSC_2878-3.jpgButternut Squash Nut Burgers (with roasted garlic aioli)

20120505-DSC_5606.jpgMediterranean Quinoa Burgers (with feta almond pesto + roasted tomatoes)


  1. says

    Great list Courtney! I never buy veggie burgers because there are so many recipes out there for easy homemade versions. I’m always looking for new recipes to try though, and now I’ve got a few more bookmarked!

    • thefigtree says

      Me too! I cannot wait to try some of these recipes. I’m looking forward to trying the asian edamame burger. I’ve not had an asian flavour burger before. Sounds delicious!

  2. Helena says

    WOW! That’s a great ”round-up” Courtney!! I am totally bookmarking this for my weekly menu planning!

  3. Christy says

    So I am new to being a vegetarian, so this might be a silly question. For any of these recipes, do you think it would work to mix up the ingredients and form the patties and then individually wrap them and freeze them? Or cook them, wrap them and freeze them? I feel like I would be more inclined to take the time to make my own veg burger (rather than buying frozen) if I could make a big batch on the weekend and then just pull them out of the freezer on week nights. Sorry if this is a dumb question.

    Also…thanks for this post and all the wonderful recipes you share. If I would have known vegetatian eating would be this easy and delicious, I would have stopped eating meat a decade ago.

    • thefigtree says

      In the past, I’ve shaped the patties and then placed them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I freeze the burgers for 2 hours on the tray and then wrap them individually and store them in the freezer. When I’m ready to cook them, I cook them from frozen. Works great! The “Best Black Bean Burger” is great for the BBQ, the oven or the stove top. The other burgers would be great on the stove top. The portobello burgers would be ideal for the BBQ. I like to make a big batch of patties every few weeks to keep in the freezer. So nice for a quick veggie dinner! :) Thank you so much for your comment. xo

  4. says

    This post is for me! I love veggie burgers! I intend to go a whole week making a variety of burgers and this post is perfect for me to try different kinds out. Finding the right toppings for each variety of a burger is equally important to me – they make or break a burger!
    this list is yummm..

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