There may be no food that makes our mouths water more than burgers. Whether they are cute little sliders or double-stacked with all the toppings, everyone loves burgers. As someone who makes all kinds of veggie burgers – bean, beets, eggplant, potato, tofu, seitan – sometimes what I crave is a store-bought vegan burger. They are convenient, quick to make and delicious. Store-bought vegan burgers range from “very veggie” with nuts, seeds and grains to “I can’t believe this is vegan” beefy and meaty tasting. They hold up well and there are lots of flavor options so there is no fear of boring burgers. There are more brands of veggie burgers than ever, including gluten-free and soy-free options, so there is something for everyone!
When buying vegan burgers at the store, you don’t want to just grab anything off the shelf though. You want to choose the brands that are made with the best ingredients. Read How to Choose a Healthy Veggie Burger Without Harmful Ingredients and Don’t Buy Veggie Burgers With These Ingredients for tips on what to buy and what to avoid. To help out, we thought we would give you an idea of some of the best vegan burgers on the market today. Everyone has their favorites so which ones taste “best” is really subjective. You may just have to try them all to find out which burgers you like best. It’s a tough job, I know, but it is for the greater good. For each brand, click on the link to their website for ingredients, nutritional information, and purchase locations.
1. Amy’s Kitchen
Amy’s Kitchen has been serving frozen veggie meals for decades. Now they are opening a vegetarian drive-thru in California. Amy’s makes 8 kinds of vegan burgers: California, Texas, All-American, Bistro, Quarter Pound, Sonoma, Black Bean and a Light in Sodium California Burger. The Bistro and Sonoma Burger are also gluten-free. The Sonoma Burger is also soy-free. All have organic ingredients.
2. Beyond Meat
Beyond Meat offers their Beast Burger which is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and non-GMO. The Beast Burger contains a unique blend of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega-3s. Each burger provides a whopping 23 grams of protein. They also come in Beastly Slider sized burgers.
If you’ve been meat-free for a while, Boca Burgers were probably one of the first veggie burgers you tried. Now Boca has a new line of products made with non-GMO soy. Their Vegan Burgers have 4 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein per serving. Their Spicy Chick’n Patties are also vegan (but not the original Chick’n patties).
4. Dr. Praeger
Dr. Praeger’s has a line of vegan meals which includes 9 types of veggie burgers: California, Kale, Super Greens, Thai, Asian, Bombay, TexMex, Root Vegetable and Italian. The Kale and Super Greens Burgers are gluten-free and the California Burger has a gluten-free variety. Each of their burgers lets you see the veggies that are in them.
5. Engine 2 Diet
The Engine 2 Diet, created by Rip Esselstyn, now has a line of food products that are vegan, made with whole grains and no added oil. The burgers come in Poblano Black Bean, Tuscan Kale White Bean, Curried Lentil and Thai Basil Edamame.
6. Field Roast
Field Roast, the company that brings us vegan sausages and now vegan cheese, also makes Hand-Formed Burgers. They are juicy burgers with the classic flavor of a burger cooked on the grill. Made with barley, carrots, mushrooms and celery, each burger has 22 grams of protein.
The line of meatless products at Gardein keeps growing and growing. Currently, they offer 3 types of veggie burgers: Chipotle Black Bean, Garden Veggie and Ultimate Beefless Burgers. The Black Bean and Beefless types also come in slider sizes. Gardein also makes Cripsy Chick’n Patties in regular and slider sizes.
Gardenburger has been making wholesome veggie burgers for over 25 years. Two of their burgers are vegan-friendly: Black Bean Chipotle and Veggie Medley. Each type offers about 5 grams of protein per burger.
9. Hilary’s Eat Well
Hilary’s Eat Well makes burgers that are free of common food allergens and artificial ingredients. They make 5 types of burgers with organic and non-GMO ingredients: Adzuki Bean, Hemp & Greens, Root Veggie, Black Rice and World’s Best Veggie Burger. All the burgers are vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, yeast-free and corn-free.
10. Morningstar Farms
Morningstar Farms makes over 30 meatless products. Their burger line contains 2 vegan burgers: Roasted Garlic & Quinoa and Spicy Indian. Each burger has approximately 7 grams of protein.
Neat makes a meat replacement product that is derived from nuts, garbanzo beans and other natural ingredients. Neat makes an Original Mix, Italian Mix and Mexican Mix which can be made to easily form burgers.
12. Qrunch Foods
Qrunch Foods makes burgers with organic vegetables, quinoa, millet and coconut oil. They have mild and nutty flavors and come in Original, Spicy Italian, Green Chile with Pinto Beans, Classic Curry with Lentils and Spicy Buffalo. All the burgers are vegan, soy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free, corn-free, MSG-free and low in sodium. All ingredients are non-GMO and certified organic.
13. Sol Cuisine
Sol Cuisine has been making healthy vegetarian foods since 1980. They offer 6 types of vegan burgers: Spicy Black Bean, Mushroom Rice, Original, Almond Grain, Sprouted Quinoa Chia and Indian Aloo Tiki. The burgers are gluten-free and non-GMO verified. The Quinoa Chia and Indian Aloo Tiki Burgers are soy-free. Sol Cuisine also offers sliders in Original, Spicy Black Bean and Soy-Free Quinoa.
14. Sunshine Burgers
Sunshine Burgers are made from simple, wholesome ingredients including sunflower seeds and brown rice. All Sunshine Burgers are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free, tree nut- and peanut-free, organic and non-GMO verified. Their burgers come in: Garden Herb, Loco Chipotle, Black Bean South West, Barbecue, Falafel, Shiitake Mushroom, Hemp & Sage, and Quarter-Pound Original. Each patty averages 8 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.
15. Sweet Earth Foods
Sweet Earth Natural Foods makes flame-broiled veggie burgers with fresh veggies, beans, gourmet grains like quinoa and millet, and vital wheat gluten. Their burgers are non-GMO verified and come in 3 flavors: Teriyaki, Santa Fe and Za’atar. Each burger is ¼ lb. and gives you 5-6 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein of satisfaction.
Wow! Look how many options we have for vegan burgers. Which one is your favorite? If we missed one, let us know in the comments.
Lead image source: Beyond Meat Beast Burger