When it comes to eating a burger, there’s a level of nostalgia involved and a lot of opinions. One bad veggie burger can ruin someone for a long time, and have them swearing off the plant-based alternatives. But the vegan burger has persevered, both with recipes and new in-store options that can absolutely change one’s mind and opinion about a plant-based burger patty. When it comes to Summertime grilling, make sure you try some of these recipes and get yourself and your friends BBQ party ready.

1. Beyond Meat Burger

Arguably the most talked about burger in the last year is the Beyond Meat burger. Some vegans don’t like it, simply because it tastes SO much like a ground beef burger it can even turn them off.

For the rest of us, this is a dream come true. Rich in protein, juicy and satisfying, this burger patty is outselling traditional ground beef patties in some American supermarkets. Try it, and you’ll understand why. It’s the burger that changed the game.

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2. Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger

The ingredients in this will have you salivating just thinking about this burger because with quinoa, black beans, raw pecans and sweet potatoes, along with some kick-ass spices and bbq sauce, this burger is in it to win it.

It’s not going to be a quick burger to make, but it will be worth it. The texture is perfect, and the flavor is out of this world. Definitely one to add to the list.

3. “Big Mac” Veggie Burger

This powerhouse burger lacks absolutely nothing. Well, actually no, it lacks meat, but nothing of importance, like flavor or texture or the desire to down it all in 30 seconds.

Bound together with oats and sunflower seeds, this mushroom-based burger is a knock out of the park. Not a mushroom fan? Don’t worry, mushrooms in burgers just lend their meaty-texture, not so much the taste.

4. Protein-Packed Red Lentil Burger

Lentils are a hero in this recipe because they’re so rich in protein, you won’t have to answer to all the protein-related questions likely to come up when you serve a vegan burger.

With a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onions and refried red lentils, this patty is topped with a spicy vegan mayo. This is likely the burger to leave your meat-eating friends talking and raving about it for days.

5. The Best Damn Vegan Burger

We didn’t make that name up, that’s this burger’s real name, and you can share that with your friends when you serve it up!

This burger cheats a little bit with the use of a vegan beefless ground, but we’re not complaining. Adding in onion, black beans, chipotle, chili powder and some cumin (along with other key ingredients) this burger is definitely one that you’ll want to try, and then try again.

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6. Roasted Garlic Artichoke Burgers

This white in color burger may look like a chicken burger, but in fact, it’s something so much better. Be prepared that once you make this, it’ll be on request many times after.

Prep only takes 10 minutes before you begin cooking these burger patties. Made with canned cannellini beans, artichoke hearts, panko bread crumbs and of course, one big bulb of garlic. This burger barely needs toppings because the flavor punch is all in the patty itself.

7. Green Monster Veggie Burger

The green color will either appetize you or peak your curiosity, either way, this burger is definitely worth your bite. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids to eat their greens, this recipe will do the trick.

Made with peas and kale, broccoli and celery, it’s made delicious with onions and garlic, walnuts, soy sauce and mustard to come together into a patty that is shockingly delicious. Eating your greens isn’t so hard, after all.

8. Jalapeño Black Bean Burgers

It’s no surprise that yet another black bean recipe is showing up on this list. With a color and texture that lends itself so perfectly to a meatless burger patty, it just has to be!

This recipe shown served on a lettuce wrap instead of a burger bun, these are made spicy and savory with the use of chili powder, cumin, and of course, jalapeños! This flavorful burger will be the satisfying spice you need in your life. Not to mention, it’s made in just 22 minutes.

9. Copycat In-N-Out Vegan Burger, With Sauce

If you’ve ever made your way to the beautiful state of California, you know full well that a stop at In-N-Out is an absolute must for many. It’s widely popular for their burgers and even more importantly their sauce.

Thankfully, this recipe brings you both of those things, at home, with a recipe for that oh-so-amazing special sauce that you can use on whatever vegan patty you choose.

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10. Easiest Vegan Chickpea Burgers

Chickpeas are the best. From curries to roasted snacks, they’re a must-have when it comes to your pantry food supplies.

Thankfully, this recipe is also using other ingredients you probably already have on hand as well! Onions, garlic, paprika, and some flour (gluten-free or all-purpose) along with canned & drained chickpeas, you can place your ingredients in a food processor before creating these easy burger patties. From prep to table in under half an hour!

11. Korean BBQ Tofu Burgers

Looking for a spin off the regular? This recipe takes you to new places! These tofu burgers are grilled before being finished off with a topping of spicy Korean BBQ sauce and kimchi.

The patty is simply made with a combination of tofu, oats, walnuts, garlic, onion and a handful of other ingredients you’re sure to have on hand when creating these. Serve them up with some vegan mayo and vegan kimchi and you’re golden.

12. Vegan Rainbow Sushi Burgers

Ok, so maybe not the kind you throw on the grill, but are you looking at this burger? It absolutely had to be on the list. It’s too fun, and too delicious, and downright deserving of this spot.

Load up on the purple cabbage, cucumber, carrots, mangos, along with radish, avocado and some vegan sriracha sauce (recipe included) and sandwich it all between two sushi rice “buns” for an out of this world experience you’re not soon to forget. Surprisingly, this recipe only takes 15 mins of prep and 20 minutes of cooking time!

13. Vegan Fish Finger Burger

Ok, maybe veering away from the classic a little bit more, but the season is meant for exploring new burgers to enjoy – so just roll with it!

Topped with a vegan tartare sauce, this savory and tangy “fish” finger burger is something that you’ll come back to again and again! Best part? The (only) 20 minutes it takes to make these.

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14. Vegan Beet Burgers (That Won’t Fall Apart On The Grill)

The struggle of a veggie burger, let alone a vegan burger on the grill is a struggle many of us know all too well. Without a solid meat or a binding agent like eggs, there’s a bit more magic involved in making it work and work well.

This recipe promises you can grill it, successfully, and hey – it looks pretty darn good too!

15. Vegan Curry-Spiced Sweet Potato & Wild Rice Burgers

Another chickpea-based burger patty (hello, protein!) but this time with a new spin on things. With wild rice and curry spice, it’s everything you’d expect, and a few surprises in your mouth as well…like the snap of sweet from dried cranberries.

Top them with avocado, arugula and red onion for a new experience that you’ll be sure to win friends over with as well.

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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