All About Veggie Burgers

Veggie burger types

You can think of a veggie burger as falling into one of two categories: those which try to look and taste like a meat patty, and those which do not.

Your typical meat copycats try to taste like a meat burger and tend to hold together very well and have high biteability often due to the binding agents. The majority of these burgers are store bought and contain soy based products. Some can be very convincing in their attempts to taste like meat. If this appeals to you and you are looking for a veggie burger to grill on your barbecue that won't fall victim to the flame then check out our Store Bought section.

The not so much like meat types can range in flavor, ingredients and characteristics. These burgers focus on flavor combinations and can be a great alternative to the old ketchup/mustard/pickles friendly standard. Homemade burgers tend to fall into this category and there are so many great recipes and tastes out there to try. It's more difficult to make a homemade burger that stays together so they tend to be baked in the oven or fried. The quest to find a great homemade burger that stays together on the grill continues, if you have a recipe send it our way.

History of the veggie burger

The term "VegeBurger" was coined by Gregory Sams in London in 1982, who along with his brother, owned a natural food store and sold VegeBurger as a packaged product containing wheat, sesame seeds, soya, vegetables and oats. The powder could be mixed with water and egg to form patties. It's hard to pinpoint the origin of the first alternative-to-meat patty. A North American account might be for the Choplet Burger, a wheat-based patty created in 1941 by Worthington Foods - founded by Dr. George Harding, a Seventh-day Adventist who ran a healing hospital focusing on a meatless diet. 

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veggie_burger
http://www.soyinfocenter.com/HSS/worthington_foods.php

What makes a great veggie burger?

Our opinion: a combination of quality ingredients, deep flavors, and good biteability. What's yours?

Why eat a veggie burger?

Why not really? Burgers are a great way to enjoy a summer evening using the backyard grill or make them indoors in your oven all year round. Even if you are a meat eater or semi-vegetarian you can enjoy the different flavors that veggie burgers offer compared to the standard boring meat burger. Not to mention they are much healthier than their meat based counterparts with lower and better fats and less calories. With veggie burgers you can play around with the ingredients, toppings, and condiments until you get the perfect tasty combo.

Veggie burger trends

More frequently these days you can find restaurants that are putting some thought into what they offer vegetarians and in some cases this means offering homemade veggie burgers rather than the standard store bought variety. Look for a burger joint or great veggie burger in a restaurant near you.

The macrobiotic veggie burger: avoiding highly processed and refined ingredients, using whole grains and local vegetables. Great for your colon and overall health. Chew slow, take your time and enjoy the flavor.

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