You want to know the honest truth? Even as an omnivore, I've always been a fan of veggie burgers, and there are times when I want what a veggie burger has to offer without having to go through the trouble of making the patties myself. Which supermarket brand is the tastiest and which come closest to homemade?
'veggie burger' on Serious Eats
These black bean burgers have a complex, satisfying flavor and robustly meaty texture that even devout carnivores will love (seriously, try them with bacon on top). The mixture comes together in just 25 minutes and can be used to make patties for cooking either on the backyard grill or indoors in a skillet.
The bottom line for veggie burger lovers out there? Try Bareburger's tasty quinoa burger and quit while you're ahead.
I've never been into veggie burgers. If I'm going to a burger joint, I'm ordering a burger, not a MorningStar patty or a shapeless blob supposedly made of black beans or lentils. Then I tried the house-made quinoa veggie burger ($9) at Royce.
Jambalaya may seems like an oddity for the grill, but slightly smoky and charred grilled sausage, chicken, and tomatoes add a great flavor to the final dish.
This Peruvian Style Grilled Chicken is a recipe I back-hacked from the awesome chicken and green sauce they serve at Pio Pio in NYC. The basics are simple: butterflied chicken with a vinegar and spice rub gets slow-cooked on the grill, followed by a quick stay directly over the coals to crisp the skin. It comes out tender and juicy and goes perfectly with a simple spicy and cream sauce made with jalapeños and aji amarillo peppers.
The vegetarian alternative to the house burger at Apartment 138 is one of the tastiest and most creative non-meat burgers I've encountered.
I can't stand faux meat. I just can't abide by the stuff. I understand the appeal, and it's precisely because veganism is a diet of moral rationale that mock meats exist. Folks don't want to eat animals because it automatically implies exploitation, yet they grew up with delicious bacon and don't want to give it up. It's a trade-off that some people are willing to make, yet deep down (or even just below the surface), I think pretty much every vegan knows that no matter how great those new soy-burger patties are, they'll never compare to the real thing in flavor. My question is, why even bother?
In an uncharacteristic move for AHT, this burger contains no meat. But this Shake Shack-esque fried mushroom cap served by a former Top Chef contestant at a boozy, pop-up brunch seemed worth checking out.
Burger Lounge gets a lot of praise for their grass-fed beef burgers, but their turkey burgers and veggie burgers are also definitely worth a try, particularly if you need a break from beef.