19 of Our Favorite Veggie Burger Recipes

By Lisa Esile, MS,

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It's always a good time for a burger, but since store-bought vegan burgers aren't always the healthiest it's best to make your own. Packed with beans, grains, veggies, herbs, and spices, these 19 vegan burger recipes will satisfy your every burger craving and show your tastebuds how good a plant-based burger can be. Fire up the grill (or turn on the stove) and enjoy one of these incredible veggie burger recipes today. Your non-vegan friends will love them, too!

One thing you'll notice about this collection is that beans are a hero ingredient in many great homemade veggie burgers. For more delicious ways to use beans to vegify all sorts of classic meals, check out How to Use Beans as Meat in Any Recipe. Having trouble finding a good oil-free, vegan bun at the store? Try our Homemade Whole Wheat Veggie Thins.

New American Veggie Cheeseburgers topped with a cheesy sauce, jalapenos, and pickled onions on a white plate

New American Veggie Cheeseburgers

You'll never think of a cheeseburger the same way after trying these open-faced beauties. Made with quinoa (or millet), loads of vegetables, and a creamy potato-based cheese sauce, they're in a class of their own.
Two vegan five-ingredient veggie burgers with homemade patties and vegan cheese and slices of onion and tomato, shown from the side, in wrappers

Five-Ingredient Veggie Burger

Lime juice and chili powder punch up the flavor of these delectable black bean burgers, while rolled oats help them stick together. Serve with your choice of condiments such as: ketchup, mustard, Cheesy Caesar Dressing, or Vegan Cheesy Sauce.
sneaky chickpea burger

Sneaky Chickpea Burgers

Carrot and red bell pepper combined with nutritional yeast, tomato paste, and other tasty tidbits make these chickpea patties oh-so-delish. One fan writes, "I have made this recipe for years and it's so, so tasty!"
Sun-Dried Tomato and Chickpea Veggie Sliders

Sun-Dried Tomato and Chickpea Sliders

The succulent, veggie-packed patties for these sliders are small in size and big on flavor. For a juicy twist, they're served between balsamic-infused grilled zucchini slices; the combination of the earthy patty with tender grilled zucchini is outstanding.
Lentil Burger Lettuce Wraps on a wood cutting board

Lentil Burger Lettuce Wraps

In these exquisite plant-based patties, brown rice, lentils, and a partially blended tomato-veggie mix form a moist and tender patty. Serve with a lemony hummus that takes a few minutes to whip up. One reviewer writes, “Our new favorite plant-based burger recipe.”

Black Bean Burgers

Every respectable vegan needs a fantastic black bean burger recipe up their sleeve. In the comments, one FOK reader describes this one as "The best black bean burger I have ever had." Note: the recipe calls for cooked brown rice, so it's a good one to make when you have leftover rice in the fridge.
Teriyaki Burger with carrot pickle

Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers

Teriyaki flavored mushroom-rice patties get layered with a tangy carrot pickle and sweet grilled pineapple for a divine marriage of flavors. These work especially well served in lettuce leaves.
Basic Veggie Burger Recipe

Basic Veggie Burger Recipe

This basic bean veggie burger recipe uses any kind of cooked or canned beans and gives you the formula to customize your own veggie patty masterpieces, with proportions for veggies, spices, beans, binder, and nuts laid out. This template was used to make All-American Veggie Burgers, Mexican Veggie Burgers, and Indian Veggie Burgers (pictured).
black-eyed, veggie burger

Black-Eyed Pea Burgers

Bursting with black-eyed pea goodness, these baked vegan burgers use arrowroot powder as a binder, and a dusting of cornmeal gives them a delightful crispy coating. These taste great with a big dollop of 5-Minute Ketchup.
Two breaded air-fryer portobello burgers shown from above, drizzled with Thousand Island dressing, which is also in a ramekin between the burgers

Air-Fryer Portobello Burgers with Thousand Island Aïoli

Breaded portobello mushrooms cooked in an air fryer equals crispy-on-the-outside and melty-on-the-inside scrumptiousness. Don't skimp on the thousand island dressing; the blend of creamy cashews with flavor-rangers like dill pickle relish, ketchup, and onion, is heavenly.
Grilled Mushroom Burger with Tarragon Crema with a side of french fries

Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Tarragon Crema

Our creamy, cashew-based tarragon dressing takes grilled portobello mushroom burgers to a whole new level. Added bonus: they're ready in just 30 minutes!

Grilled Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

A simple ginger-soy marinade transforms meaty portobello mushrooms into a melt-in-your-mouth burger sensations. For more mushroom veggie burger recipes, check out Air-Fryer Portobello Burgers with Thousand Island Aioli and Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Tarragon Crema.

Easy Veggie Patties for Plant-Based Burgers

With black beans and a four-grain mix, these hearty vegan burgers strike a delightful balance of tender and satisfying. Note: The patties keep well in the fridge or freezer, so make extra and enjoy them as leftovers or as a quick meal when time is tight.
vegan burgers

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Lemon flavorings add a zesty touch to these chickpea patties, while fresh herbs round out the flavors. Top with sautéed red onion and bell pepper and serve on whole grain buns covered with roasted red pepper hummus. Note: Other flavored oil-free hummus would well too, use what you have!
White Bean and Pesto Burgers

Grilled Chickpea and Pesto Burger with Garlic Aioli

Basil pesto adds moisture and herbal aromas to these finger-licking-good patties. Top with a robust garlic aioli for a plant-based burger guaranteed to wow.
Vegan burger

Chana Masala Burgers

These primo potato and chickpea patties bring Indian flare to the hamburger realm.  With flavorings like tomato paste, date paste, mango powder, chana masala, and fresh ginger, they're off-the-charts-tasty!

Rainbow Veggie Burgers

Corn kernels and diced tomato give these rice and kidney bean burgers their colorful appearance, but it's their sweet, tender flavor that'll have you lining up for seconds.

Mexican Veggie Burger

With brown rice and beans as a base, and salsa, corn, black olives, green chilies, and cilantro for juicy flavor, these magnificent Mexican-inspired burgers are whole lot of good. Serve with avocado, tomato slices, and more salsa.
Falafel burger shown in profile, with a bun, falafel patty, and lettuce and tomato toppings, with pickles on the side

Fabulous Un-fried Falafel Burgers

Sink your teeth into these falafel-inspired, chickpea patties, loaded with fresh parsley, cilantro, garlic, cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Serve with tahini sauce and either a green or chopped salad, or on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and pickle slices.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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