Fill up those propane tanks, scrape off those grill grates, and start honing your burger flipping skills, because we're in the thick of BBQ season. This summer, why not try veering away from the traditional beef burger and, instead, getting a bit more creative and creating a burger using plant-based ingredients?
Unlike the stuff you find in the frozen aisle of your local supermarket, making your own veggie burgers allows you to control the flavor and feel of your food. By using ingredients like grains, beans, nuts, and different vegetables, you'll make a more complex and delicious burger without having to rely on meat.
Our friends at Meatless Monday compiled recipes for six, easy-to-make plant-based burgers from expert bloggers that satisfy all of your cravings: tangy, sweet, smoky, and spicy. Then, don't miss 17 Major Burger Mistakes You're Making.
Butternut squash apple burgers
These butternut squash apple burgers embody the spirit and taste of fall, but they make for a great burger year-round. Creamy butternut squash, tart Granny Smith apples, and toasted pumpkin seeds make for a fun combination of textures and autumnal flavors.
Chickpea quinoa burgers
Packed with flavor, crunch, heat, and protein, this recipe for chickpea quinoa burgers is sure to keep you full and happy. Tahini and cumin mimic the flavor profile of hummus, while sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds offer a nutty flavor—and a bit of a crunch to boot.
Farro and white bean veggie burgers
Farro is a healthy and hearty grain that makes for a great addition to a veggie burger made with white beans. The combination of creamy white beans and tasty farro makes for a flavorful, satisfying bite.
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Grilled portobello burgers with garlic mayo
Mini mushroom burgers
Who needs greasy sliders when you can have juicy mini mushroom burgers? Because you can finish them in only a few bites, these perfectly portioned mini burgers are ideal for poolside munching.
Vegan black bean burgers with guacamole and charred romaine salad
These vegan and gluten-free black bean burgers are hearty enough for an all-day cookout. Ground oats give the patties structure while smoked paprika, sautéed onions, and lime bring the tang. In the warm weather, consider servings the burgers on a crunchy cabbage slaw.
For more, be sure to check out:
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- This New Plant-Based Chain Claims to Be the Next McDonald's
- Delicious Foods You Can Eat on a Plant-Based Diet