5 Veggie Burgers To Try This Summer

May 31, 2012 12:01 PM EDT | By Amanda Remling
Amy's Texas Veggie Burger
Light that grill up vegans! Amy's Texas Veggie Burger's bring that barbecue flavor while being vegan and kosher friendly. (Photo: Amyskitchen.com)

Summer is all about the joys of grilling, but if you're a vegetarian, slapping those beef patties and barbecue chicken in the fire doesn't bring a rousing desire to devour. Don't throw yourself into the burning pit of charcoal just yet. Here are five mouthwatering veggie burgers that are bound to have your taunting carnivore friends begging for a cruelty-free bite.

Trader Joe's Veggie Burger

Trader Joe's may be "your neighborhood grocery store," but they also are the name behind one of my personal favorite veggie burgers. One Trader Joe Veggie Burger contains 230 calories, 11g of fat and just enough spice that it's not too powerful (or too blah). Vegans stay back though; Trader Joe's Veggie Burger contains egg.

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Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burger

If you're looking for a burger taste without the burger ingredients, Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burger isn't it. Packed with a ton of vegetables, including onions and string beans, these burgers are delicious and nutritious (each patty is only 110 calories with 5g of protein and 250mg sodium). While the ingredients are vegan friendly, the burgers are processed in a facility that uses milk, eggs and fish.

Morning Star Garden Veggie Patties

Mushrooms, water chestnuts and onions...oh my! This popular veggie patty may get two thumbs up taste wise to those that try it, but the food is high in sodium (352mg). Bring them along to a barbecue, but try to keep your hands off the salt shaker.

Boca Vegan Meatless Burgers

If you want the taste of slaughtered cow in your mouth without the blood on your hands, then throw some Boca Vegan Meatless Burgers in your freezer. While many find them to be "overdone" and a bit charcoal-y, they are vegan friendly. Like the Morning Star Garden Veggie Patties though, these Boca burgers are also high in sodium (a whopping 420mg).

Amy's Texas Veggie Burger

Amy's Texas Veggie Burger is another alternative to those that miss the barbecue beef patties of summer's past.  Vegetables and grains in the patty mix with barbecue flavor for what the brand calls "right off the grill." While high in sodium (350mg), the Texas Burger is vegan and kosher friendly.


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