9 Obsession-Worthy Meatless Burger Recipes + 1 With Meat


“Man who invented the hamburger was smart; Man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.”
– Matthew McConaughey

Summer is here and its time to fire up the grill. Whether you’re a meat eater or not, whether you steer clear of gluten or love a starchy bun, there are ways in which we can all still enjoy a faithful burger. And in the name of healthy living, there’s absolutely no reason why your burger can’t be a healthy one, too.

We’ve got 9 meatless burger masterpieces + one with meat, served up hot and with a pickle …

1. Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado

A burger doesn’t have to be made of meat to qualify as a burger. A patty can be made up of whatever you feel like using, and vegetarian and vegan burgers can be bound by pulses like beans and lentils or by ingredients such as sweet potato. This panko-crusted burger is tender thanks to the sweet potato and creamy white bean mix. Throw it into a bun, add some crispy romaine lettuce leaves and garnish with ripe avocado slides, dijon mustard and lots of onion. Now scoff at those who say vegan burgers can’t be badass!

Get the recipe here

2. Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

At first glance I would not think that this burger was vegan or healthy. The raw beetroot lends a magenta hue that looks almost meat-like, making these sure to confuse even the biggest of meat eaters. With ten ingredients, including black beans, beets, quinoa, and walnuts, bound into one delicious burger, this burger has a ton of flavor. Top as you please, but ketchup, mustard and onions is a simple, yet, winning combination in my household.

Get the recipe here.

3. Grilled Halloumi & Red Pepper Burgers

Whether you’re vegetarian or just looking for a meatless way to enjoy a burger, then this grilled halloumi and red pepper burger should be right up your street. The burger is stacked with halloumi, red peppers and zucchini, all of  which have been grilled for extra flavor. Also, if you’ve tried halloumi and not been much of a fan, you must try grilling it, it’ll change your mind entirely. Throw in a bunch of salad leaves and top with salsa (or sweet chilli for a change) and all that’s left to do is to decipher how you’ll bite into this without it all spilling out.

Get the recipe here.

4. Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

I’m not sure about you, but I like my burger dripping with sauce and jam-packed with goodies. So for me this recipe is the perfect burger. The buffalo cauliflower is a great meat substitute as, once baked, cauliflower becomes very meaty in texture. Throw on some vegan ranch dressing, some slices of tomato, fresh onion and crisp lettuce and you could very well call this burger p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n.

Get the recipe here

5. Portobello Mushroom Burger

Whether you’re gluten intolerant and can’t find a gluten-free burger bun or you’re just up for trying a bun-less burger, this vegan mushroom burger may be the answer to all of your burger dreams. A vegan burger patty is topped with vegan cheese and cooked onions, and then smeared with pumpkin butter, and topped with arugula, giving this burger a real sweet verses savory vibe. It’s all encased in a portobello mushroom bun. Looks pretty fancy, huh?

Get the recipe here.

6. Korean Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich

You can pretty much throw anything into a bun and call it a burger, and I love how versatile our options have become. Having never been much of a fan of pork, I love trying new fancy and creative recipes when it comes to my burger, and I can’t wait to try this pulled pork-inspired burger. It uses jackfruit in place of the meat and it works so, so, so well!

Get the recipe here.

7. Green Goddess Salmon Burgers

Burgers no longer mean meat-based products, and whether you’re vegetarian, or just looking for a fun way to enjoy fish, these salmon burgers will really appeal to you. There’s a lot of green going on, too. Fresh crisp lettuce makes a base for these salmon burgers while they’re topped with avocado and a creamy green goddess sauce.

Get the recipe here.

8. Jalapeno Chickpea Lentil Burgers with Sweet Mango Avocado Pico

Whether you’re gluten-intolerant or just don’t really dig your burgers in a bun, it’s so easy to enjoy them with other alternatives. Lettuce wraps are great because you can literally fold them up and bite into them.These spicy lentil chickpea burgers are topped with a sweet and delicious mango and avocado pico.

Get the recipe here.

9. Vegan BBQ Tofu Burger

Healthy burgers don’t have to be bland and tasteless, and this vegan burger showcases that perfectly. Tofu is a good substitute for meat and it has great texture, too, and when marinated has an extra oomph of flavor. This Asian infusion burger includes pickled cucumber slaw giving a wonderful tangy crunch. Anyone else’s mouth watering?

Get the recipe here.

10. Bunless Gourmet Burger

This gourmet burger would set you back at an upscale burger bar but not when you make it at home. You could use a brioche bun, or if you fancy trying something new stick with these portobello mushroom buns.

Get the recipe here.


Lora O'Brien

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