How to make the perfect veggie burger

Eat your veggies the most delicious way; in burger form. Mushrooms, chickpeas, lentils, cheese, kale and quinoa, when it comes to veggie burgers we've got all bases covered. Add in sensational sides for the ultimate vegetarian barbecue spread.

How to make the perfect veggie burger

Do you know when your pepper's peaking or your beetroot's at its best? In barbecue season, that's when! We help you construct a veggie burger to end all veggie burgers. Our guide makes the most of seasonal ingredients for flavour-packed patties, sides and slaws.

Bases and bulk

Chickpea & coriander burgers in buns with sauce

So you've got a barbecue on the horizon and you need to cover the vegetarian option to keep all your hungry guests happy. It's time to make the most of your vegetable patch, along with a good base ingredient and spices. Chickpeas, beans and lentils are great for binding, adding fibre and protein too. Falafel burgers are particularly popular, as they're simple to make and use just a tin of chickpeas, fresh herbs and storecupboard spices. You can also try tofu if you're feeling adventurous!

Try our falafel burger for a low-calorie craving killer, or the easy cheesy bean burger for a simple family-friendly option.

Seasonal veg

Pile of green veggie burgers with sliced tomatoes and glasses

Take advantage of bountiful seasonal veg and pack it into tasty patties. Beetroot, courgette, carrot and aubergine are all are at their finest just in time for barbecue season. While carrots are at their peak, try this carrot & sesame burger, flavoured with tahini, cumin and a lemony sesame spread. If you fancy an all-in-one, combine all of these tasty elements into our ultimate veggie burger with chilli mayo and crunchy carrot slaw.  Check out our seasonality table for an extra nudge in the right direction.

Sides and slaws

Colourful coleslaw in an oval dish

Bulk up your burgers with sides to salivate over. This sweet & sour rainbow slaw with radish, red cabbage and carrot has a zesty citrus dressing. Bread & butter pickles are an essential for that tangy crunch you expect from the perfect burger. It's also impossible to go wrong with classic vegetarian-friendly sides like potato salad and corn on the cob

 

Make it cheesy

Holding up a halloumi and pineapple and coleslaw burger

If you have a hankering for a hunk of cheese, why not add a gooey melting-middle to your burgers? Sprinkling grated cheddar or a crumble of feta into the burger mix creates a delicious dimension.

A hearty chunk of grilled halloumi is the perfect way to pimp your patty - try our halloumi aubergine burgers with harissa relish or spiced halloumi & pineapple burger with zingy slaw. If you're a fan of goat's cheese, give our kale and quinoa patties a go or these perfectly pink beetroot & feta patties.

Dress it up

Pot of classic sauce with a burger and chips

The addition of sauces and dressing to a burger can completely transform its flavour. Do you want creamy and light? Or spicy and zingy? Take your burgers from boring to brilliant with a drizzle of your favourite topping. Recreate the classic burger sauce of American diners by combining mayo, ketchup, American mustard and cornichons.  A chunky relish is always welcome and our red pepper & tomato version is so easy to assemble or try this simple corn relish

If you're going Greek, a dollop of tzatziki makes a cool addition. For a twist on the traditional, try a lemon, curried or garlic mayo for a change. Our smoky mushroom burgers with roasted garlic mayo are sure to tickle your tastebuds.

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emanuelafranco
10th Nov, 2017
Are the vegetables you are suggesting are organic?
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goodfoodteam
15th Nov, 2017
Thanks for your question. It's totally up to you whether you choose to buy organic or not. Organic can be more expensive and therefore a limiting factor. The following feature explains a bit more about organic food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/organic, plus check out the following to help you decide which fruit and vegetables to prioritise when making choices: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/clean-eating-shopping-tips-what-buy
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