May is National Hamburger Month, and Memorial Day weekend is often regarded as the unofficial start of summer (aka grilling season). What better way to celebrate this time of year than with an ode to the veggie burger? Veggie burgers are versatile, easy to prepare, and SO much healthier than their meaty counterparts.
Veggie Burger Benefits:
Have you ever wondered about the true price of a cheeseburger? The human, environmental and animal impacts are astonishing.
Health: While most hamburgers are high in artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol, veggie burgers are made of healthy ingredients like vegetables, quinoa, lentils, beans, brown rice, and other grains. Most veggie versions still supply plenty of protein, but unlike meat, also give you plant-powered fiber and antioxidants!
Meanwhile, veggie burger staple crops such as beans, grains and vegetables can be grown cleanly and efficiently.
Ethics: Resources are scarce, and animal agriculture’s footprint on the earth is unacceptably large. Study after study shows we can feed more people on a plant-based diet than on a Western diet that includes meat, eggs and other dairy products.
Animal products are also more expensive than plant foods. With nearly 15 percent of American households considered “food insecure” shouldn’t we be seeking more cost-effective ways to feed ourselves? Efficiency is just one of many benefits of a plant-based diet…or a plant-based burger!
Variety: A burger is a burger, right? Well not with veggie versions! The base for most commercially prepared veggie burgers is soy protein or wheat gluten, although there are also a few rice and vegetable-based options. But when you make your own, you can customize the list of ingredients, and the combinations are only limited by your imagination.
The compilation of recipes below speaks to the versatility and adaptability of the veggie burger. From beans to broccoli, there’s something here for everyone!
10 Must-Try Veggie Burger Recipes:
- Baked Broccoli Burgers
- Spicy Cauliflower Potato Burgers
- Black and White Bean Burgers
- Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto
- Mushroom Barley Grillers
- White Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers
- Portobello Mushroom Burgers
- Reuben Burgers
- Eggplant Burgers
- Black Bean Burgers
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