Plant-based burgers are among our all-time favorite food trends. In order to replicate the look and taste of regular meat, plant-based meat is made with processed ingredients isolated or derived from plant sources like soy, pea, and wheat. You’d probably love it if you’re transitioning to a meat-free diet. But if you want to take your meatless venture a step further, why not try traditional vegetable burgers, too? Here are some recipes you can whip up in your own kitchen.
Aside from being a nutrient-dense food, eggplants are high in antioxidants and low in calories. They are also easy to incorporate into many different dishes—burgers included. You only need a few ingredients like shallots and parsley to go with peeled and diced eggplants in order to produce a mouthwatering meatless burger from your kitchen.
Sweet potato burger
Looking for a fiber-rich veggie that you can turn into a burger patty? Try sweet potato. This easy recipe uses the sweet tuber with flour, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, oregano, and coriander. You can also add pepper, cumin, and crushed peanuts, too—but they’re completely optional.
Falafel is a deep-fried fritter made from chickpeas, and you can give it a burger makeover with onion, garlic cloves, parsley, cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and baking soda. This burger recipe also uses flour, but you can substitute it with breadcrumbs or (for a gluten-free version) chickpea flour.
Aside from meat, you can get rid of grains and dairy in your burger with this vegan-friendly baked zucchini patty. You’ll also get extra nutrients from the carrots and potatoes in this quick and easy recipe.[READ: These low-carb zucchini fritters are the answer to your prayers]