9 Best Vegan Burgers: You Will Forget You’re a Vegan

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Whether you’re a true vegan, vegan-adjacent, or just looking for a great, no fuss-no-mess, option for your Meatless-Mondays… There is a delicious vegan burger for you to try on this list of the 9 Best Vegan Burgers!

As more and more people adopt a sustainable lifestyle and start to make conscious choices around what they buy and what they eat, vegan food options have exploded in popularity and become much easier to find. This is great, for us and the planet.

With so many great (and not so great) options to try, we have compiled this list of the 9 Best Vegan Burgers to make it easy to find your favorite go-to vegan burger:

What Are Most Vegan Burgers Made Of?

Broadly, there are two kinds of vegan burgers – those that attempt to resemble meat in flavor and texture, and those that do not.

Meat substitute burgers are generally made of high-protein meat alternatives, like soy or pea protein, combined with various vegetables, spices and flavorings to give them a nice texture and flavor. The main ingredient, however, is the vegan protein alternative.

Vegan ‘veggie burgers’ are generally made out of vegetables, combined with flour or gluten to make them stick together. They often contain some vegan protein alternatives but the main ingredients are vegetables.

This list contains burgers from both categories so whether you’re looking for a meat-like burger, a meat-protein alternative or just a tasty vegetable patty to put on your burgers, we have something just for you!

Homemade Vegan Burger Bun Recipe

Try this delicious home made burger bun recipe by Kitchen Stories (US) on YouTube to compliment your choice of burger:

Are Vegan Burgers Really Healthier?

Adopting a vegan lifestyle has many health benefits. One of the main benefits is that the majority of vegan meals contain whole, unprocessed, ingredients that are usually prepared at home or by a health-conscious vegan vendor.

However, not all vegan foods are healthy and vegan burgers are no exception. The majority of vegan burgers are made from processed foods and, especially the meat substitute kind, loaded with saturated fats, artificial flavorings and preservatives. It really comes down to how often you eat them and where they fit into your diet as a whole.

The same goes for beef burgers – the occasional burger, loaded with bad fats, artificial flavorings and preservatives, is not going to be a big health issue if it’s an occasional indulgence and fits into a generally healthy diet and lifestyle.

We recommend that you check out the burgers on this list, compare them, test them, and find the options that you love:

Our Selection of the 9 Best Vegan Burgers:

1. Beyond Meat Beyond Burger

 

Screenshot of the Beyond Burger Vegan Burger

Ingredients: Water, Pea Protein, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavours, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Juice Extract (for color).

Protein per serving: 20g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Soy, gluten and GMO-free

Check the Price & Buy Here: Beyond Meat Beyond Burger

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.7/5):

The vast majority of reviewers loved them and loved the flavor and texture of the patties. The rest disliked the smell and texture and complained that they fell apart easily when cooking. The general consensus was that these burgers are most comparable to a beef burger and that even non-vegans loved them.

2. MorningStar Farms Meat Lovers Vegan Burger

Screenshot of the MorningStar Meat Lovers Vegan Burgers

Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Oil (Corn Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil), Wheat Gluten, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Flour, Contains 2% or Less of Natural Flavour, Methylcellulose, Corn starch, Salt, Cooked Onion, and Carrot Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Oil, Spices, Garlic Powder, Onion Oil, Spices, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Tomato Paste (Tomatoes), Xanthan Gum.

Protein per serving: 27g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Contains wheat (gluten) and non-GMO Soy

Check the Price & Buy Here: MorningStar Farms Meat Lovers Vegan Burger

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.5/5):

The overwhelming majority of reviewers loved these burgers! The taste, texture and smell were all complimented. They seemed to be really well-liked and preferred to other brands people had tried. The few negative reviews cited them being greasy, too mushy if cooked in the microwave and not containing any actual vegetables.

3. Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger

Screenshot of the Gardein Beefless Vegan Burger

Ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate*, vital wheat gluten*, expeller pressed canola oil*, onions, soy protein isolate*, methylcellulose, yeast extract, onion powder, malted barley extract, garlic powder, dehydrated garlic, organic cane sugar, natural flavor (from plant sources), organic ancient grain flour (KAMUT® Khorasan wheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa), sea salt, potato starch, spices (contain celery seeds), vinegar, natural smoke flavor, spice extracts, pea protein, carrot fiber, beetroot fiber, molasses, wheat starch, soy lecithin. *Non genetically engineered soybeans, wheat and canola.

Protein per serving: 14g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Contains Wheat (gluten) and non-GMO Soy

Check the Price & Buy Here: Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.5/5):

The majority of the reviews were positive and cited the great flavor and texture of these patties. Several reviewers commented that they tasted very similar to real beef patties. The negative reviewers cited that they disliked the taste and that they were not as good as the other patties in the Gardein range. Overall, they were very popular and said to have a nice, smoky, grilled flavor. Reasonable pricing was also a selling point.

4. 365 by Whole Foods Everyday Value Plant-Based Burger

Screenshot of the 365 by Whole Foods Plant Based Vegan Burgers

Ingredients: Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Onions, Expeller Pressed Sunflower Seed Oil, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Natural Flavours, Yeast Extract, Dried Garlic, Barley Malt Extract, Sea Salt, Organic Cane Sugar, Onion Powder, Salt, Spices.

Protein per serving: 10g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Verified non-GMO ingredients

Check the Price & Buy Here: 365 by Whole Foods Everyday Value Plant-Based Burger

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.3/5):

These burgers were well-loved by reviewers! They were complimented on flavor, texture and size (not too thick). Their flavor was said to be smoky and the texture juicy. They were also well priced. The negative reviews cited that they were both too bland and too salty, too thin and difficult to cook without burning. One reviewer also noted that they didn’t taste like plants. The majority loved them though and loved that they were much less expensive than other options.

5. Dr.Praeger’s All American Veggie Burger

Screenshot of Dr Praegers All American Veggie Vegan Burger

Ingredients: Hydrated Pea Protein (Pea Protein, Water, Black Beans), Carrot, Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Onions, Brown Rice Flour, Natural Flavours, Sesame Oil, Roasted Garlic, Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper.

Protein per serving: 22g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Kosher

Check the Price & Buy Here: Dr. Praeger’s All American Veggie Burger

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.4/5):

People really loved these burgers! More than the other Dr. Praeger’s vegan burgers and just as much as Beyond Meat burgers. The reviews were particularly happy with the size, nice texture, smell and flavor as well as the really simple ingredients that contain real vegetables. The negative reviews cited that they were expensive and high in sodium. Others simply did not like the taste and texture. However, the majority (over 90%) of reviewers loved them.

6.Hilary’s Root Veggie Burger

Hillarys Eat Well Root Veggie Vegan Burgers

Ingredients: Cooked Whole Grain Millet (Water, Millet), Root Vegetables (Beet, Carrot, Turnip, Sweet Potato), Expeller Pressed Oil, (Canola, and/or Sunflower, and/or Safflower), Potato Starch, Ground Flaxseed, Roasted Garlic, Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Onion, Turmeric, Granulated Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Black Pepper (all Organic, aside from the sea salt).

Protein per serving: 22g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Certified Non-GMO and Organic. Free from Gluten, Soy, and 10 other common allergens.

Check the Price & Buy Here: Hilary’s Root Veggie Burger

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.3/5):

The reviews of these burgers were all very similar – the positive ones love the flavor and that they’re made from real vegetables. The negative ones disliked the flavor, said they were powdery and fell apart too easily and complained that there were very few pieces of vegetables in the patty. Overall, they seemed to be loved more than loathed and the star ratings gave them 4.3 out of 5, which is pretty high!

7. Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger

Dr Praegers Califronia Veggie Vegan Burgers

Ingredients: Carrots, Onions, String Beans, Oat Bran, Soybeans, Zucchini, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Peas, Broccoli, Corn, Soy Flour, Spinach, Red Peppers, Arrowroot Powder, Corn Starch, Garlic, Corn Meal, Sea Salt, Parsley, Black Pepper.

Protein per serving: 5g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan, Certified Kosher

Check the Price & Buy Here: Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers

What Reviewers Say (Amazon Score: 4.3/5):

Reviewers loved that these burgers were made with real vegetables and that they don’t taste like ‘fake meat’. They also loved the portion sizes and that they were thin and crispy when cooked on the stovetop. The negative reviews cited that they disliked the flavor, were mushy in texture, greasy and contain very little protein compared to other vegan burgers. Overall, they were a well-liked option.

8. Gardein Garden Veggie Burger

Gardein Garden Veggie Vegan Burgers

Ingredients: Cooked Brown Rice, water, carrots, bell peppers, roasted onions, rolled oats, peas, canola oil, roasted corn, soy protein concentrate, methylcellulose, yeast extract, organic cane sugar, salt, dried garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, spices, natural flavors, paprika, sea salt, citric acid.

Protein per serving: 4g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Non-GMO Project Verified. Contains soy, may contain wheat (gluten)

Check the Price and Buy Here: Gardein Garden Veggie Burger

What Reviewers Say (Gardein Online Shop Score: 4.2/5):

The reviews for these veggie burgers were overwhelmingly positive with 5 of 7 reviewers recommending them. They liked the value-for-money, the flavor and that the texture was firm and not mushy.

9. MorningStar Farms Original Chik Burger

Morningstor Farms Original Veggie Chik Burgers

Ingredients: Water, wheat flour, vegetable oil (corn, canola and/or sunflower oil), soy flour, soy protein isolate. Contains 2% or less of wheat starch, yellow corn flour, wheat gluten, methylcellulose, yeast extract, sugar, potato starch, corn starch, dextrose, salt, spices, natural flavors, onion powder, yeast, paprika (color), leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), potassium chloride, glutamic acid, garlic powder, citric acid, xanthan gum, barley malt extract.

Protein per serving: 9g

Noteworthy Nutritional Info: Contains wheat (gluten) and Soy

Check the Price & Buy Here: MorningStar Farms Original Chik Burger

What Reviewers Say (Walmart Online Shop Score: 4.8/5):

These scored very highly on the Walmart reviews. Reviewers loved that they tasted like real chicken patties and were easy to cook. They loved the texture and how crispy they are. Several reviews noted different ways to use them, with ‘Chik Patty Parmesan’ being a firm favorite. The only negative review cited that the old recipe was better and they did not like them anymore. Everyone else seemed to love them though.

Conclusion and Our Two Favorites

In conclusion, there are loads of great vegan burger options available now. Whether you’re looking for a meat alternative that tastes and feels like meat, a high protein vegan meal option or a delicious plant-based patty that tastes like real vegetables… there is something to suit your needs and your palate! Of the 9 best vegan burgers listed here, two stood out for us:

Top Pick #1: Beyond Meat Beyond Burger

We love the Beyond Meat Burgers for their super high protein content, their short list of ‘real’ ingredients, the fact they’re gluten and soy-free and the fact that they reportedly taste the most like a ‘real beef burger’.

The reviews of these burgers showed their massive popularity with vegans and meat-eaters alike, which makes them a great option to suit everyone.

They’re also certified non-GMO, vegan, and kosher. What’s not to love?!

Top Pick #2: MorningStar Farms Original Chik Burger

The Original Chik Burgers immediately stood out because they’re one of the few vegan chicken burger options available.

The reviews all raved about their crispy texture on the outside and the tender but firm texture inside. They’re also one of the most well-priced options on the list.

They are a versatile option too, with many reviewers suggesting different uses for them, including breakfast options, lunchtime wraps, and ‘Chik Patty Parmesan’ for vegans.

All in all, they’re a great buy with great taste, texture and so many uses that go beyond the traditional burger.

Useful Resources

Harvard Health Blog: Impossible and Beyond: How healthy are these meatless burgers?

Healthline: The 17 Best Protein Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

The Spruce Eats: The 12 Best Veggie Burger Recipes

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best Vegan Burgers?

There are dozens of great vegan burger options, including meat substitute burgers made from vegan protein and vegetable patties made purely from vegetables. Read this full review for the 9 best vegan burgers, including ingredients and nutritional info, reviews and where to buy them.

Are Vegan Burgers Healthy?

It depends on the burger - like all burgers, vegan burgers can be very healthy but they can also be unhealthy, depending on the ingredients and how they are prepared. Check out the full review for ingredients, nutritional info, reviews and more.

Do all vegan burgers contain soy?

No. Soy is a great source of vegan protein but many vegan burgers use other ingredients, like pea protein, instead of soy. Check out this article for the best vegan burgers, inducing their ingredients, to see which ones are soy free.

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