Homemade veggie burgers are usually tastier, but it can be hard to find ones that can stand up to grilling. Is there anything sadder than watching the veggie burger patty that you so carefully constructed crumble into pieces when you flip it over? And let’s face it, they’re a lot easier than making your own too. There are times in life when you just need a box of frozen veggie burgers, you know?
So these are the best frozen veggie burgers, at least by my exacting standards. And what are those standards? Well, they have to be delicious–that’s pretty much the standard. For me, delicious means that it’s a burger made with real ingredients, not processed soy meant to taste like meat. I don’t like those faux meat burgers, so you’re not going to find them here. But I’d love to know from you, what are your favorite frozen veggie burgers? Do you have a local brand that you like? Toppings that you can’t do without? Let’s talk about veggie burgers!
Falafel Sunshine Burgers
Everything you love about falafel–in a burger! Sunshine Burgers come in a wide variety of flavors, but it’s the Falafel burgers that most often end up in my shopping cart. They’re great topped with fresh greens, cucumbers, and homemade lemon-tahini dressing or hummus. The main ingredient in Sunshine Burgers is sunflower seeds. Other ingredients in this burger include brown rice and chickpeas–no soy, and they’re vegan too.
Website: Sunshine Burgers
Hilary’s Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burger
These are my favorite frozen veggie burgers–I just wish there were more than two in a package! They’re made with millet, quinoa, and adzuki beans and spiced with green chilies and cumin. So many burgers are made with variations of the same handful of ingredients, so I love that these are made with adzuki beans. They’re made without soy, nuts, or gluten and they’re vegan too.
Website: Hilary’s Eat Well
Gardenburger Original Veggie Burger
This was the first veggie burger I ever had and I still have a weakness for it. It’s savory and delicious and not trying hard to taste like meat like most other mainstream veggie burger brands. Gardenburger still makes 5 different varieties of veggie burgers, but the Original is the one you’ll find at most grocery stores. It’s made with brown rice, mushrooms, and rolled oats. It has cheese in it, so it’s not vegan.
Earth Fare Almond Grain Burger
Yes, these are a store brand burger! But they’re delicious. Although they do have soy in them, they’re made with organic soybeans, not the processed soy protein that’s found in many other popular brands of veggie burgers. These make a tasty base for just about any burger topping and they’re often on sale too, which is a nice bonus.
Website: Earth Fare
Two Honorable Mentions
If you happen to live in (or around) Madison, Wisconsin, as I used to, you absolutely must pick up a package of burgers from Nature’s Bakery. (They sell them at the Willy St. Co-op too!) I miss those burgers fiercely.
Great Life by Lucinda burgers are a mix, not frozen, but they’re delicious. Unlike many other veggie burger mixes, they’re made with whole food ingredients, not TVP. Full disclosure, I did receive a sample of these from Lucinda a few months back, but we love them.