Everyone should have a great veggie burger recipe in their repertoire, and the good news is there are infinite ways to go about it. A base of chickpeas, or rice, or tofu, or grains is typically where you start. And you can accent them with chiles, spice blends, or curry pastes. Signs of a good veggie burger beyond flavor? You want them to hold together in the pan (or, even better, the grill). And if you're cooking for a crowd, you want to be able to make and shape the patties ahead of time. It's also nice to have a vegan option on hand. Here are some of the best homemade veggie burgers out there, I'm sure I've missed some, but these are a great place to start. -h
1. Ultimate Veggie Burger - (101 Cookbooks)
These have been a real favorite for over a decade. They were the first veggie burger I made (chickpea base) where I used the patty as the bun, stuffing that with all sorts of good stuff. You can also make this with black beans, black lentils, white beans, or mung beans in place of the chickpeas. Get the recipe here.
3. Grillable Veggie Burgers - (Minimalist Baker)
Longtime veggie burger makers know the keyword here is GRILLABLE. This is a smart rice-based patty boosted with walnuts, and generously spiced. A great jumping off point for infinite riffs. Get the recipe here.
4. Vegan Wild Rice Burgers With Grilled Avocados and Heirloom Tomato Salsa - (Gratitude and Greens)
Every time I encounter wild rice I wonder why I don't cook with it more often. These wild rice burgers are the perfect example. Side note: wild rice freezes quite well, so make extra, and you can pull these together in a weeknight flash. Get the recipe here.
6. Vegan Cajun Chickpea Burgers - (The Almond Eater)
Another great example of how you can play around with a range of spices and flavors. Cajun spices with onion, and green pepper (I like serrano) come together nicely here. Get the recipe here.