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Crazy-Good Burger Recipes for a Vegetarian Cookout

Crazy-Good Veggie Burger Recipe Ideas for a Vegetarian Cookout

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Summer may be all about cookouts, but cookouts don’t have to be all about meat. These 13 veggie burger recipes have all the flavor and nutrients you need to keep from feeling food FOMO during BBQs this summer. (See 16 Thoughts a Vegetarian Has at a BBQ.) One tip: Since the last thing you want is a veggie chunk falling into the flames when you go to flip, cook the burgers in a non-stick grill basket or even on a piece of aluminum foil over the grate. And consider packing a few extra patties—even meat lovers will want a bite once they taste your healthy grillings.

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Sweet Potato Bean Burger

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This vegan burger from Healthy. Happy. Life. uses soft sweet potatoes and creamy white beans as the base, then packs in health-boosting ingredients like apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast to add more vitamins and minerals. Throw some avocado slices on top—you would never have guessed vegan could taste so good.

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Spinach Burger

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This recipe by The Village Cook is the green smoothie of burgers—with just spinach and egg whites as the base, it’s seriously healthy, and no one will believe it actually tastes so good. But point out the cheese, garlic, and onions, and no one can argue that that flavor combination doesn’t go together (or just give them a bite to prove them wrong!).

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Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger

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These meat-free and grain-free patties from Vegan Richa are made with lentils, cauliflower, and little bit of chickpea flour. And the more time you want to invest, the fancier your burger will become: The patties themselves are pretty easy to make, but to score the appetizing arrangement pictured here, you have to also bake your own onion rings and roasted peppers, and mix up a homemade chipotle habanero mayo (all of which look pretty worth it!).

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Eggplant Pesto Burger

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Grilled eggplant has long been a cookout staple for vegetarians, but Veggie Belly has taken the not-so-traditional route. Their recipe calls for the meaty vegetable to be marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and, once grilled, topped with something always delicious but rarely seen as a burger condiment—pesto. Buon appetito!

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Broccoli Burger

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Make strides toward your five-a-day with these mushroom-, corn-, and broccoli-packed burgers. Foodness Gracious’ real secret behind these delicious patties, though? Sprouted brown rice, which is nuttier and sweeter than the typical grain. (Check out 15 Vegetarian Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love.)

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BBQ Tempeh and Bean Burger

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Skip the meat, not the signature cookout flavor. Forks and Beans has created vegan barbecue flavor using Worcestershire sauce—that means, in combination with the hearty red kidney beans and tempeh, this veggie burger tastes just like (if not better!) than the real thing.

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Black Bean Burger

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A burger with 15 ingredients and five toppings may taste great, but sometimes you just need a simple patty to satisfy your burger yearn. Dine and Dish proclaim this the best black bean veggie burger out there—and with just beans, onion, a little bell pepper, and some bread crumbs, it lives up to the less-is-more mantra.

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Protein Powerhouse Burger

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When people try and tell you that, as a vegetarian, you’re probably not getting enough protein, pass them this Veggie and the Beast burger. With black beans, quinoa, and lentils, this burger loads you up on that key nutrient. And thanks to the protein-packed Greek-yogurt base, the roasted red pepper crema adds more than just an explosion of flavor.

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Beet and Bean Burger

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Most people turn up their nose at beets, but the root vegetable makes for a delicious burger base. And while you’ll find beet burger recipes all over the internet, the team at The Kitchn has perfected this recipe over the past six years based on readers real trial-and-error feedback. You grate roasted beets, mix with brown rice and a heaping portion of black beans for both flavor and binding, and add a dash of smoked paprika to round out the flavor profile. Sure, the prep is a bit more complicated than other beet burger recipes, but this patty will taste anything but basic. (For a bean burger that's out of this world, here's Your Guide to Building the Best Burger.)

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Green Power Burger

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The crazy color of this burger (from blogger Coconut and Berries) is proof of how many nutrients are packed in—edamame, basil, parsley, kale, and pumpkin seeds are all to thank for the hue. And with buckwheat rounding out the base, this burger is also bursting with protein. Your meat-eating friends will be green with envy.

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Curry Burger

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Put an Indian spin on the American tradition of grilling. With lentils, chickpeas, and quinoa as the base, these burgers are spiced with curry powder, garam masala, and cumin for an exotic taste. MORE has also thrown in some cranberries to perfectly compliment the spices, and hazelnuts to give the burgers just the right amount of texture.

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Walnut Carrot Burger

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Sounds crazy, but sweet carrots, sour lime juice, and rich, oily walnuts make for a delicious flavor combination. And bean haters rejoice—this recipe skips the typical veggie-burger-binder and only uses cornstarch to hold it together again. While you can top however you want, Connoisseurus Veg’s spicy maple ketchup enhances the sweet-savory flavor even more.

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Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger

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Skip the sweet salsas and go straight for the whole fruit—grilled peach slices make perfect burger toppings, and the natural sugars compliment the meatiness of a Portobello mushroom. Green Kitchen Storiestopped this masterpiece off with a homemade guacamole because, well, isn’t every burger better with avocado on top? (Show off your BBQ skills by cooking up 12 Surprising Foods to Grill.)

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