Few things in life are as satisfying as a great veggie burger. Fortunately for me, these meatless sandwich stuffers have come a long way since their uninspired debut in the early 80s. The patties on the market today are savory and satisfying, and so tasty on their own you that won’t need to drown them in mustard and ketchup like you did with bland older-generation versions. Unlike their ground beef counterparts, these veggie burgers are low in saturated fats and calories, and have plenty of fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. I’ve gobbled down just about every veggie burger on the market, and these are my top pics:
- MorningStar Farms Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers: These are my hands-down faves at the moment. Delicately spiced with Italian herbs, they have a decidedly “meaty” texture with a satisfying bite. They also have super food ingredients like mushrooms and onions, and have antioxidant vitamins A and C. One caveat: These are mostly made with soy; although soy does have health benefits, research also shows that consuming too much is unhealthy. One reason is that it contains phytates that can block mineral absorption. Soy isoflavones can also interfere with thyroid function in large quantities.
- Amy’s California Veggie Burger: Yeah, I may be biased since CA is my ‘hood. But this vegan, organic burger is jumbo-sized and has a comforting, homestyle flavor. With an all-star roster of ingredients like brown rice, vegetables and walnuts, this is one of the most nutrient-dense burgers on the market. Amy’s also makes a “lighter in sodium” version, a bonus since most of us greatly exceed recommended sodium intake every day, which can cause cardiovascular problems and more.
- Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burger: As a heat lover, I couldn’t help but fall for these Mexiacn-inspired patties of goodness. Green chiles, chipotle peppers and garlic spice up the base of brown rice and black beans, which together form a complete protein (meaning all 9 essential acids are in there). Black beans are also rich in iron and magnesium, which is essential for energy production.
(featured photo by miikkahoo)