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30+ Vegan Burger Recipes For This Summer And Beyond

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What’s on the BBQ for you this weekend? Why not try one of these 30+ vegan burger recipes?

By Lora O’Brien

Ah, summer! It’s the perfect time for chowing down in the great outdoors. It’s when BBQs fire up, picnics are planned, and….vegans are often left out in the cold. 

Yep, that’s right. Whilst your carnivorous friends and family stuff themselves with dead animals, you’re probably usually stuck eating, oh I dunno – a baked potato or something. For many, it seems the whole concept of ‘vegan burgers’ is a bit of an oxymoron, but trust me, it’s not. Burgers are just patties of condensed, smushed together food, and so they can be made of pretty much anything, from beans, rice, tofu and chickpeas, or…yeah, meat. 

Whether your a vegan or not, there are loads of benefits to eating vegan burgers: they’re not only packed with healthy ingredients, but are easy to make, and they can be prepared in bulk (just double the recipe) and frozen for later. And needless to say, they’re not full of saturated fat, growth hormones, antibiotics and other toxins you find in meat.

As with most burgers, you can choose to fry, bake or BBQ these babies, and you can also sneak in some superfoods to make them ultra-healthy: for example, why not add a few tablespoons of chia seeds, flax seeds, nutritional yeast, or even unsweetened protein powder to add to their nutritional value? 

To get the texture right, it will be really helpful to have a great hand blender or food processor at hand. But if you don’t have either of these, you’ll still do alright if you manage to chop everything superfine and blend the heck out of the mixture with a fork or beater.

Any way you make them, you’re going to love these 30+ vegan burger recipes for summer…and beyond!

Over 30 Vegan Burger Recipes For Summer

1.  The Green Warrior Burger

I don’t know about you, but when I used to eat meaty burgers, I’d spend my time post-burger feeling sluggish, bloated and cradling a serious food baby. Well, guys, meet the green warrior burger that is not only good for you but will put a spring in your step, too! This burger is super nutritious, packed full of green goodness and even has 20g of protein per burger. #Vegangains!

Get the recipe here.

2. Vegan Bunless Falafel Burger

Whilst I LOVE a good burger, I also like them stacked high and dripping with saucy deliciousness, so at times it’s nice to cut out the starchy buns and search for healthier alternatives. And Portobello mushrooms make superb buns for burgers! Not convinced? Take a good, long look at this bunless falafel burger and I defy you not to drool.

Get the recipe here.

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3. Vegan ‘Big Mac’

Before going vegan, I struggled with the fact I’d never again eat a Big Mac from McDonalds. Not because of the meat (if you can even call it ‘meat’) but because of the saucy goodness that goes with it! So, I’m overjoyed to be able to recreate a Big Mac in a totally vegan, and cruelty-free fashion. P.S. The sauce is SO good! And this is perfect for an American celebration like the 4th of July.

Get the recipe here.

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4. Pesto Veggie Burger With Sun Dried Tomato Aioli

Are you a fan of Italian flavours? You’ll love this recipe! The regional tastes of cannelloni beans, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes and vegan parmesan and pesto all blend together to infuse this burger with the tangy flavours of Italy.

Get the recipe here.

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5. Vegan Lentil Burger

Vegan burgers needn’t be a fancy affair, neither do they require lots of ingredients. In fact, this lentil burger has just FOUR ingredients; lentils, raisins, crushed walnuts and bread crumbs. The flavours are the perfect balance between sweet and spicy and the creamy mustard sauce with maple syrup totally finishes it off perfectly.

Get the recipe here.

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6. Easy Bean Burger with Mustard Mayo

This burger may look pretty fancy, but it’s probably the easiest of all the vegan burger recipes here – within 15 minutes you could be chowing down on this yumminess! Refried beans are used as a base, and no wonder: they’re packed with flavour and the perfect texture for a burger. The best part is you can keep it plain or add a little spice, depending on your taste.

Get the recipe here.

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7. Black Bean Walnut Burgers with Saucy Sweet Onions

Of all the vegan burger recipes here, this one may be the most, well, ‘burger-y’. It’s packed with nourishing goodness, with just a little bit of a kick! Topped with saucy, sweet onions you’ll devour this burger in seconds. You could even whip up more than you can handle and pop them in the freezer to always have on hand.

Get the recipe here.

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8. Hawaiian Chickpea Veggie Burgers

If you love your burgers with a bit of sweetness – think, ketchup or chutney sauce – you’ll love this recipe. Not only are the burger patties made from super healthy ingredients like chickpeas and veggies, they’re really satisfying, too. Topped with grilled pineapple and BBQ sauce, the sweet/savoury combination is perfection.

Get the recipe here.

9. The Vegan Double Down

For real, I’m salivating just writing this. Instead of a burger bun, this recipe is made using crispy double down patties that are made using tofu and then tossed in seasoned bread crumbs and BBQ crisps (that’s potato chips for you Americans). Throw in some ooey, gooey nacho cheese sauce and some kale and…just go make this. You won’t regret it, at all!

Get the recipe here.

10. Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers

Do you ever find you have sun-dreid tomatoes on hand and never quite know what to do with them? Well, now you can turn them into a tasy AF burger! This recipe combines chickpeas with fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes and ground almonds to make a super healthy yet wholesome burger recipe.

Get the recipe here.

11. Ginger & Lime Edamame Sweet Potato Burgers

Wanna enjoy a burger, whilst keeping it super simple and healthy? This recipe will be your go-to, I promise. Whilst the burger is made from healthy ingredients such as shelled edamame, sweet potato and quinoa flakes, it’s also bursting with flavour thanks to the onion, ginger, garlic and lime juice. Topped with cilantro and fresh guac, these will be perfect come BBQ season.

Get the recipe here.

12. Peanut Carrot White Bean Burgers

Beans are a fabulous replacement for meat in burgers as, once they’re blended down, they help combine the burger perfectly, and keep it from falling apart. These burgers are made using white beans, carrots and peanuts with an infusion of Thai flavours. Serve it in a burger bun, or turn it into a deconstructed burger-bowl. Either way it’s yummy!

Get the recipe here.

13. Roasted Beet-Tofu Burgers

Looking to add some vibrancy to your burger? Beetroot will turn your patties a glorious shade of pink. The beetroot is roasted alongside the onion and garlic to give a naturally smoky flavour. Flax seeds are used to bind these burgers, and they’re freezer-friendly if you have any leftover and want to enjoy their goodness another night.

Get the recipe here.

14. Supreme Nacho Burger

I love me a burger that is oozing goodness, and this supreme nacho burger is like heaven to my taste buds. The burger itself is gluten-free, oil-free and soy-free and is crusted using crushed up crisps, then it’s topped with a queso cheese sauce, guacamole and peppers, with a crunchy base of romaine lettuce. It’s pretty much what the name suggests – a deconstructed nacho burger!

Get the recipe here.

15. Rainbow Sushi Burgers

Who the heck said vegan burger recipes needed to be traditional? I’m a huge fan of this sushi burger. It’s healthy, it’s loaded with veggies and it has a bun made of rice…like, am I dreaming? Plus, the delicious sauciness comes from sriracha mayo, and it finishes off this burger recipe perfectly.

Get the recipe here.

16. Easy Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Burgers

If you’ve yet to try a jackfruit burger, you need to do so ASAP! Jackfruit is my go-to for meat replacements simply because the texture is similar to that of pulled pork, just a helluva lot tastier than dead, decaying animal flesh! (just sayin’). It shreds super easily, and when combined in a vegan BBQ sauce it’s literally what foodie dreams are made of.

Get the recipe here.

17. Chipotle Maple Glazed Tofu Burgers

Firm tofu is the perfect base for any veggie burger. When you press the tofu to remove excess water, you’re left with a meaty texture and tons of flavour. You can choose to bake or pan-fry these tofu patties, but if you choose to pan-fry them you’ll get a stronger caramelized flavour which is perfect. Once cooked, they’re easy to throw together; just bun them up, and add in some guac, crispy red onions, lettuce and tomatoe. Simple yet delish!

Get the recipe here.

18. Smoky Barbecue Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers

I love BBQ sauce, so throw in some sweet potato chickpea burger patties and I’m pretty much in food heaven. Not everyone is keen on the taste of chickpeas, though, so if you’re someone that isn’t all about that hummus life, then this is the burger recipe for you. The sweet potato and smoky barbecue sauce will pretty much be all you’ll taste – who can argue with that?!

Get the recipe here.

19. Down Home Vegan BBQ Burger

You may want to get the napkins ready, because things are about to get super messy with this stacked burger recipe! It’s simply dripping in BBQ sauce (hell yes!) with burger patties made from brown rice, black beans and potato. Serve in a posh burger bun, add in some grilled onion rings, lettuce and tomato and more lashings of BBQ sauce – but whatever you do, don’t wear white when eating this . . .

Get the recipe here.

20. Soyrizo Guacamole Burger

Never heard of soyrizo? It’s is basically a vegan chorizo and it works so well in this burger recipe. If you can’t find soyrizo, any vegan sausage will do, really. In this recipe, black bean burgers are topped with spicy guacamole, vegan chorizo and lots of grilled veggies. Why not leave this burger topless, and just enjoy more glorious lashings of guac?

Get the recipe here.

21. Portobello Burgers with Greens & Guacamole

Fast food doesn’t need to be slathered in grease and high in calories, and this recipe is perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy comfort food without the guilt. Portobello mushrooms are a great meat substitute as they have the same meaty texture when cooked, whilst being full of savoury flavour. The burgers are sandwiched between collard greens instead of burger buns and are then topped with creamy guacamole.

Get the recipe here.

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22. Vegan French Onion Burgers with Herbed Cashew Cheese

Of all the vegan burger recipes here, this one is most reminiscent of my childhood – I remember passing by the burger van on the beach, and the smell of cooked onions would tantalise my taste buds. These French onion burgers feature savoury caramelised onion and lentil patties, and are topped with yet more glorious caramelised onions and a herbed cashew cheese – yum!

Get the recipe here.

23. Ultimate Veggie Burger

Who the hell needs to eat meat when vegan burger recipes like this exist?! It’s absolutely loaded with vegan cheese, veggie bacon slices and avocado – basically, it will fill your belly up to the top with its sweet vegan yumminess.

Get the recipe here.

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24.  Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers

Ready for a major protein fix? Of all the vegan burger recipes here, this one may well have the most protein! To make the recipe fully vegan, just avoid the yogurt sauce and maybe replace it with some salsa, since there are loads of Mexican flavours in here that would go perfectly with it!

Get the recipe here.

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25. Veggie Burrito Bowl

Another recipe to prove that burgers don’t always belong in a bun! Simply take a vegan burger and load it up with fresh romaine lettuce, black beans, brown rice and then garnish with a healthy serving of salad and some vegan cheddar. The vegan burger will add some depth to a salad bowl, and you can even make your own burger patties.

Get the recipe here.

26. Lentil Panini Burgers

Not a huge fan of burger buns? Why not use pita bread as a wrap instead? It works super well and you can easily load your burger up with veggies and sauces so that every bite is loaded with goodness.

Get the recipe here.

27. Lentil, Walnut & Beet Burgers with Pickled Fennel & Sunflower Seed Aioli

As far as burger recipes go, this one is pretty darn fancy! The bright beetroot burgers are topped with pickled fennel, some fresh lettuce and a generous dollop of  sunflower seed aioli which adds the perfect amount of garlicky goodness. Serve it with or without the bun!

Get the recipe here.

28. Kentucky Fried Chick’n Burger

How insanely delicious does this burger look?! Inspired by KFC – minus the cruelty – this chick’n burger will well and truly hit the spot. Deliciously crispy tofu ‘chicken’ is coated in a seasoned batter, and then topped in sub rolls with rainbow slaw and sriracha sauce. It’s fully loaded and would be the perfect recipe to enjoy alongside a cold beer.

Get the recipe here.

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29. Kale Falafel Burgers with Rainbow Slaw

Not a huge fan of greens? You’ll barely notice the kale in this recipe, so it’s a great way to get those greens in! The falafel burgers are piled high with a rainbow slaw, slices of creamy avocado and a thick drizzle of sriracha tahini. The end result is a burger that is crispy, crunchy and spicy – yum!

Get the recipe here.

30.  Korean Barbecue Tofu Burgers

Not sure what to do with kimchi? Throw it in a burger! This Korean inspired burger is made using tofu burgers that have been coated in sesame seeds and grilled to absolute perfection. They’re then topped with a spicy Korean BBQ sauce and then stuffed with kimchi. The different textures and flavours all combine to make each mouthful exotic, spicy and exciting.

Get the recipe here.

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31. The Perfect Vegan Burger

This black bean based recipe from Oh She Glows claims to be ‘perfect’. Is it? Well, with loads of tangy herbs, crunchy seeds and crispy (gluten free) bread crumbs added into the mix, I’ll just say this: it is pretty damn tasty, and boasts not only a symphony of flavours, but loads of different textures, too.

Get the recipe here.

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32. Grillable Veggie Burgers

I must admit – not all vegan burger recipes are great on the grill. Without egg, they tend to fall apart – but this recipe uses brown rice, walnuts and Panko bread crumbs to ensure everything stays together on the BBQ.

Get the recipe here.

33. Buffalo Chickpea Burger

If you like your burgers hot’n’spicy, this is the one for you! The addition of hot sauce into the mix will set your tastebuds aflame, in a good way, of course!

Get the recipe here.

Main image: The Ultimate Veggie (not vegan, though) Burger. Get the recipe here.

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