Burgers are great because they include every food group. You have the grain in the bun, the protein of the patty, greens in whatever toppings you choose, and even fruit (the tomato). We’re here to teach you how to master the art of the veggie burger. Between making sure they don’t fall apart, adding texture, and making your own buns we have you covered! We looked at the tips given by our bloggers on the Food Monster App! The best part of it is that veggie burgers can be served at any occasion, whether it’s for a casual cookout or a gourmet slider appetizer, we have the tips for you! Our recipe bloggers have all the tips you need to make the perfect vegan burger.
Start With the Binder
Sunflower Chickpea Corn Burger/ One Green Planet
In this Sunflower Chickpea Corn Burger by Maya Sozer the chickpeas take the role of the binder and the protein! According to Rhea Parsons, everything from agar agar or a chia or flax egg (one tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with three tablespoons of warm water) can be used to keep your veggie burger together. You can even make a binder made of household items like cornstarch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder mixed with warm water.
Don’t be Afraid to Try Unusual Ingredients for Texture
Oil-Free Walnut-Lentil Burgers With Portobello Mushroom Buns/ One Green Planet
Laura Grosch used walnuts in this Oil-Free Walnut-Lentil Burgers With Portobello Mushroom Buns used walnuts to create a meaty texture and to add protein. This Mung Bean Burger With Mushroom and Kale by Maria Llamas features mung beans and sunflower seeds to create a unique meaty texture. You could even go as far to add artichokes to the mix the way Rosie Newton and Dillon Sivyour do in their ‘Fillet-O-Fishless’ Artichoke Sandwich recipe! The meaty heartiness of the artichokes adds a fishy texture to the patties!
Get Creative with the Bun
Chia Burger Bun/ One Green Planet
Aurora Steen‘s Chia Burger Bun recipe not only adds flavor and texture, it also is gluten-free! There are only ten ingredients but they pack in a lot of savory flavor and health benefits! For a super earthy and simple bun, try 4-Ingredient Rosemary Olive Oil Buns by Fabio Gallo! These would be perfect if you were doing an Italian-style burger with mozzarella cheese. If you’re looking for a more traditional burger bun, check out How to Make Homemade Hamburger Buns by Karielyn Tillman for her vegan take on the classic!
Top it Off with Homemade Condiments
Creamy Low-Fat Mayonnaise / One Green Planet
This Creamy Low-Fat Mayonnaise by Bryanna Clark Grogan is thick, creamy, and surprisingly healthy! It’s a soy-free, oil-free, dairy-free, eggless alternative to the store-bought stuff. If you don’t like the taste of mayo, you could even try Homemade Tahini on your burger! It has the same creaminess, color, and deliciousness but adds a bit more bite. Julie West made her version extra simple with only one ingredient! If none of these make the cut, simply try mashing up some avocado to spread on the vegan burger for some healthy fats.
Lentil and Mushroom Veggie Burgers / One Green Planet
For tons of vegan burger recipes, check out 20 of Our Most Mouthwatering Veggie Burgers Ever! by downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Black Bean Burger With Pickled Red Onion