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9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

Leah Vanderveldt
mbg Contributor By Leah Vanderveldt
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Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.
9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

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Forget the frozen meat-mimicking patties; these veggie burgers embrace vegetables, seasonings, and toppings to make them a whole new (and tastier) species of plant-based burger.

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to add more vegetables to your BBQ lineup, these burgers are so delicious, even the meat eaters will ask for seconds.

1. Mushroom Burgers With Asian Slaw

9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

Photos credit: Hugh Forte, courtesy of Sprouted Kitchen

These easy-to-prep marinated portobello mushroom burgers are transformed into something extra special with the addition of an Asian slaw and mashed avocado.


2. Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

Burgers with a chickpea base and a Mexican twist. Take the Mexican flavors up a notch by topping the burger with cleansing cilantro, spicy salsa, and creamy avocado.

3. Beets + Shiitake Burger With Chipotle Tomato Jam

9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

Photo by Anise Thorogood, courtesy of Love and Garnish

Who can resist that vibrant color of beets? This protein-packed veggie burger is a mix of vegetables, vegan protein, and herbs and spices to cover all the taste and texture bases.

4. Sweet Potato Burgers With Roasted Poblanos

9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

Photo by Jessica Murnane, courtesy of

These simple and fiber-rich sweet potato and black bean burgers are the perfect match for roasted poblano peppers and guacamole.

5. Curried Veggie Burgers

9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

Photos credit: Lindsay Ostrom, courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Chickpea and lentil veggie burgers get an Indian-inspired kick with curry powder and anti-inflammatory turmeric.

6. Quinoa + White Bean Burgers

9 Brilliant Veggie Burgers For Summer

Photo by Julie West, courtesy of The Simple Veganista

These quinoa and white bean burgers are studded with summer vegetables like corn and red pepper, then spiced with chipotle and paprika for a layer of smokiness.

7. Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger

Packed with cruciferous cauliflower, this spicy spin on a vegetable and lentil burger is anything but boring.

8. Falafel Burger

An herb-flecked version of a falafel burger, this one is all about fresh flavors with a subtle hint of spice.

9. Black Bean + Quinoa Burgers

A black bean burger that's simple to prepare, full of flavor and protein, and topped with sriracha mayo? Yes, please.

This was originally posted July 2015.

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