Whether you’re following a plant-based meal plan or just trying to consume more veggies than normal, then you know eating healthier can be a little tricky at times. If you don’t have the time to cook for yourself, then it means you have to rely on the healthy(ish) to-go places near you… unless you happen to be familiar with the best veggie burgers grocery stores have to offer. The latter is often better for you, and it’s definitely less expensive (we can attest).
Thankfully for us, the prepared selections have gotten more varied, and the burgers themselves have gotten tastier—I’m not a vegetarian, and I happen to be in love with Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burger patties. When I first picked them up on a whim, I had no idea they would be so good—or filling, for that matter, since I usually rely on meat to keep me satisfied. (By the way, if you’re going to try them, drizzle a little bit of hot sauce on top.)
So if you’re searching for the best veggie burgers, let us be your guide. Scroll through to see our top picks, and then try them for yourself.
Hilary's World's Best Veggie Burger
Hilary’s original veggie burger is a crispy grain patty that also earns bonus points for being vegan. Ingredients include millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and apple cider vinegar to give it a richer taste. Delish.
Hot Dang Grain Burgers
Hot Dang Grain Burgers (see website for stockists)
The brand name of this veggie burger promises a lot, but the food certainly delivers. Hot Dang grain burgers give you the taste of wild rice and cashews, which really differentiates it from other options out there. The nutty flavor also melds with the rest of the ingredients including navy beans, oats, and spices.
Gardenburger Veggie Medley
Cheese lovers, this one is for you. Generous heaps of mozzarella and cheddar are inside the burger and get all gooey when warmed up. PS: This tried-and-true veggie burger has been around for more than 25 years—and counting.
GoodSeed Curried Sweet Potato Hempseed Burgers
GoodSeed Original Hempseed Burgers (see website for stockists)
This best veggie burger is what happens when Indian street food takes a healthier twist. Hempseed gets taken up a notch with curried sweet potatoes, ginger cauliflower, and hatch chilies for a zing.
Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers
This veggie burger really tastes like black beans and rice (in the best way possible, that is). Sweet corn kernels are balanced out by some Southwestern seasonings.
Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers
These are the tasty quinoa burgers I mentioned above that were created by merging two of the brand’s top products—the Tri-Color Quinoa and Cowboy Caviar salsa. The mixture of quinoa, black beans, corn, and red peppers gets crispy when heated in the oven.
Boca Original Burgers
Boca is a tasty soy-based option that gives off a similar flavor and texture to ground beef. If you’re looking for a burger that doesn’t scream “vegetables,” then add this option to your shopping cart ASAP.
Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
A friend who was formerly a vegetarian said she thought this was hands down one of the best veggie burgers out there. It’s not pretending to be meat at all—it’s packed with carrots, peas, broccoli, and spinach (and also happens to be gluten-free).
What do you think are the best veggie burgers? Did they make our list? Be sure to tell us in the comments.
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