25 Gourmet Veggie Burgers – The Fig Tree

20130218-DSC_7557-2.jpgBest Black Bean Burgers

It’s funny  – as a kid, I really did not like burgers. And when I became a vegetarian 16 years ago (this week actually!), I disliked veggie burgers with a passion. To be fair though, back then veggie burgers were not what they are today. To me, they were flavourless soy patties that were incredibly difficult to find in the first place. *hah*

Now, you can find a veggie burger at most restaurants and they are all so unique. Stores even carry a wide variety of pre-made veggie burgers that taste great. Nowadays, veggie burgers are loaded with oats, seeds, nuts, vegetables, rice, beans, lentils, spices….etc. They are filled with flavour and have great texture. And the toppings are often as unique and interesting as the burgers themselves.

Now that I’m older (and wiser?), I adore veggie burgers. I love trying different varieties at home and at restaurants. Yesterday, I had a veggie burger at The Grove. The burger was made with chickpeas, beans and walnuts. It was perfectly cripsy on the outside, but moist in the middle. The burger was topped with roasted red peppers, cucumbers, and spicy mayo – all on a roasted garlic bun. Delicious! When I got home from enjoying a nice sunny afternoon on the patio with my wonderful mom, I did some research to see how many unique veggie burger recipes I could find online. There were so many! I’m so inspired and cannot wait to make all of the recipes over the summer. I thought I would share some of my favourite findings with you, as I know many of you love veggie burgers just as much as I do. They  make for a perfect, filling meal – especially during the summer!

20120609-DSC_6442.jpgMexican White Bean Burgers with Avocado Cream (and chili-spiced pepitas)

  • Cauliflower Hummus Burgers with Mint Tzatziki – Oh My Veggies
  • Smoky Beet Burgers – Sprouted Kitchen
  • Lemon Chickpea Quinoa Burgers – Once Upon A Cutting Board
  • Asian Edamame Veggie Burger – Food Network
  • Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers – Love + Lemons
  • Curried Lentil Cashew Burgers – Canadian Living Magazine
  • Pesto Portabello Burgers – A Couple Cooks
  • Lettuce Wrapped Veggie Burger – The First Mess

20120904-DSC_2878-3.jpgButternut Squash Nut Burgers (with roasted garlic aioli)

  • Maple Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger – Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
  • Seville Burgers with Olive-Orange Relish – Vegetarian Times
  • Portobello Burgers with Bleu Cheese + Caramelized Onions – Saveur
  • Bulgur Mushroom Burger with Fresh Herb Mayo – Canadian Living Magazine
  • Our Perfect Veggie Burger – Oh She Glows
  • Roasted Garlic Chickpea Veggie Burger – Saveur
  • Boon’s Buddha Patty with Bombay Sauce – Boon Burger (Food Network Canada)

20120505-DSC_5606.jpgMediterranean Quinoa Burgers (with feta almond pesto + roasted tomatoes)

  • Sweet Potato + Black Bean Veggie Burger – Cookie + Kate
  • BBQ Lentil Burger with Carrot Mango Slaw – Vegan Richa
  • Big Bertha Burgers – Peaches + Cream
  • Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Burgers – How Sweet It Is
  • Quarter Pounder Beet Burger – Post Punk Kitchen
  • Rosemary White Bean Burgers with Sundried Tomatoes – Not Without Salt
  • Summer Zucchini + Corn Veggie Burger – Mark Bittman


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