12 Plant-Based Burgers You Can Make at Home
A good burger doesn't require any meat. In fact, many great burgers are made from a combination of beans, legumes, vegetables, spices, and herbs. For example, these plant-based versions rely on vegetarian or vegan ingredients for plenty of flavor and hearty texture, and they're among our top-rated vegetarian burgers. Beans and sweet potatoes make for meaty, thick burgers. Rice and shredded carrots do, too. Whether you're looking to add more vegetables to your diet, or you're trying to eat meatless but miss your fast-food favorite, these dozen plant-based burger recipes will show you how to make a satisfying burger sans any meat.
Spicy Black Bean and Corn Burgers
This classic black bean burger has a burst of flavor from spicy jalapeños and sweet corn for a balanced flavor in each patty. You can eat it between bread, or serve it atop a bed of leafy greens for a fast and veggie-forward dinner.
North African Sweet Potato Burgers
These burgers have a North African-inspired twist with ingredients like cilantro, peanuts, and ginger. "I doubled this recipe and my entire family loved it," says MamaKing. "Even the kids!"
Carrot Rice Nut Burger
These simple plant-based burgers are ultra easy to customize with your favorite spice blends, thanks to the short ingredients list. Toasted cashews and sunflower seeds add a toasty flavor and mildly crunchy texture.
Get your favorite Mediterranean takeout in burger form. "This was a super quick, vegetarian weeknight meal," says Jamie Justice Yost. "I almost always have the ingredients on hand so it's a nice go-to that's healthy."
Kidney Bean and Black Thai Rice Burgers
This recipe for plant-based burgers uses a unique blend of black rice and kidney beans. The addition of vital wheat gluten (a wheat protein flour) creates a heartier, almost meaty, texture.
Savory Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Portobello mushrooms are like nature's solution to veggie burgers. Naturally just the right size for serving on a bun, they can be marinated and ready for grilling up in no time. Omit or use a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce to make the recipe entirely plant-based.
Mexican Bean Burgers
Tofu and Plantain Medley Veggie Patties
If you're craving a light veggie burger, the trio of tofu, zucchini, and plantains in this recipe results in an ultra-tender patty. Serve these chopped up on a salad, in a bun, or tucked into a pita.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
When baking up sweet potatoes, it's worth making an extra one or two so you can create these hearty bean burgers the next day. Oats ensure a slightly chewy texture, perfect for dressing up in a bun.
All-Star Veggie Burger
"This is one of the greatest veggie burger recipes I've ever had!" says user Angela Burdick. This plant-based burger draws from a variety of sources — tofu, beans, oats, and rice — to create an irresistible texture and balanced flavor.
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
"Heartbeet" Vegetable Burgers
Beets do double duty in this veggie burger recipe, adding an earthy and sweet flavor, along with vibrant red color.