By Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT of The Foodie Dietitian
I don’t know about you but summer is my all-time favorite season. You will hear me singing its praises for the next couple months thanks to the constant sunshine, long weekend getaways, quality beach time, and…BBQs! I wait all year long for BBQ season to come around because I love having my friends and family under one roof (or more like in one backyard) enjoying mouth-watering fresh food, delicious drinks and good vibes.
It’s obviously not a summer BBQ without the iconic American staple, the burger. And while there’s nothing wrong with savoring the occasional burger, I enjoy making plant-based versions that are lower in saturated fat and higher in fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Plus, veggie burgers allow for so much customization that you can change up the flavor and ingredient profiles and never get bored! Speaking of trying new ingredients – did you know that adding Hemp Hearts to your veggie burger not only improves the texture but also provides an extra dose of fiber, plant-based protein and omega-3s!
Are you hungry yet? Here are 10 delicious dietitian-approved veggie burger recipes to kickoff the BBQ season!
PHOTO CREDIT: KARA LYDON
1. Spicy Hummus Black Bean Veggie Burger by Kara Lydon, RD, LD, RYT, The Foodie Dietitian
Made with hummus, this spicy black bean veggie burger packs in a lot of flavor and nutrition and is perfect for summertime grilling.
PHOTO CREDIT: ALEXANDRA CASPERO
2. Vegan Southwest Sliders by Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, Delish Knowledge
These cute sliders are packed with walnuts, quinoa, mushrooms and black beans making them a good source of both protein and fiber as well as vegan and gluten-free. Appetizer, anyone?!
PHOTO CREDIT: SHARON PALMER
3. Edamame Ancient Grain Veggie Burgers by Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian
These savory, home-made veggie burgers are filled with nutrient-rich whole plants, like edamame, quinoa, walnuts, oats, carrots, and flax. Make a batch and enjoy them all week long. Sharon suggests serving them in a whole grain bun with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado, as well as an entrée with a flavorful dipping sauce.
PHOTO CREDIT: ELIZABETH SHAW
4. Beet Falafel Sliders with Dill Tahini Dressing by Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT, Shaw Simple Swaps
A veggie burger has never looked so good! This pretty in pink burger gets its color from nature’s candy, beets! Mixed with masa flour and beans, it’s also a complete source of protein too. Add some greens and you’ve got yourself a delicious and nutritious burger in no time.
PHOTO CREDIT: KARA LYDON
5. Buffalo Chickpea Quinoa Burgers with “Blue Cheese” Dressing, Kara Lydon, RD, LD, RYT, The Foodie Dietitian
Made with chickpeas, quinoa and Hemp Hearts, this burger is packed with satiating plant-based protein and fiber! Plus, that Buffalo sauce and vegan blue cheese dressing is going to keep you coming back for more.
PHOTO CREDIT: RACHAEL HARTLEY
6. Spicy Lentil and Mushroom Veggie Burger and Vegan Sausage Hash by Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT, The Joy of Eating
This veggie burger tastes meaty, but the flavor comes from sautéed mushrooms, umami soy sauce and smoky spices. It’s also packed with fiber from beans and ground oats. An umami-packed plant-based burger? Count me in!
PHOTO CREDIT: ANNE MAUNEY
7. Easy Lentil Veggie Burgers by Anne Mauney, MPH, RD, Fannetastic Food
This recipe is a favorite among both vegetarians and meat eaters! These lentil-packed burgers are full of fiber, protein, and flavor. Anne recommends enjoying these on top of greens with salsa or in a bun or pita with greens, avocado, and hot sauce.
PHOTO CREDIT: JENNA BRADDOCK
8. Quick Bean Burger by Jenna Braddock, RDN, Make Healthy Easy
The quick bean burger is a perfect weeknight meal because you can easily make it from pantry staples. When easy and weeknight are used in the same sentence, I’m sold!
PHOTO CREDIT: JESSICA FISHMAN-LEVINSON
9. Sriracha Black Bean Burgers by Jessica Fishman-Levinson, MS, RD, CDN, Nutritioulicious
Talk about a fiber-and protein-filled vegan dish with a kick! Jessica recommends putting an egg on it (if you’re not vegan), topping with guacamole, and serving with a side salad or vegetable to round out the meal.
PHOTO CREDIT: ABBY LANGER
Packed with flavors like harissa and cilantro, this burger is delicious on its own but Abby suggests topping with a homemade chipotle mayo that takes it to another level.