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The Lazy Vegetarian


Vegetarian Burger - Review

In the world of vegetarian burgers, there are 2 types: the ones that try to taste like "hamburgers" and the types that don't, but are simply shaped to fit on a burger bun.

Today I'm going to talk about my favorites of the hamburger-style vegetarian burgers. None will fool a real meat-eater, but are a convenient meal choice for the vegetarian or health-conscious individual. Here are the frozen ones I consider the best:

Top choice: Gardenburger Flame-Grilled (vegan) - This is harder to find in stores than some of my other selections. However, the flavor is wonderful and worth shopping around for. These can be pricey, but often have sales and coupons. In the past, warehouse stores carried a "restaurant pack" of these. I don't know if they still do (I no longer have any memberships). They are delicious out of the microwave, but also work on the grill (start from frozen).

2nd choice: Boca All-American Flame Grilled - This product is easier to find in stores and usually a better value. It is almost as good as the previous one, but tastes much better from a grill (including indoor grills) than out of a microwave.

Other decent choices: Gardenburger Homestyle Classic, Boca Vegan, and Smart Menu Burgers (come in 2 sizes). The Smart Menu burgers are sold at Target SuperStores, and are very reasonably priced.

In my next post, I will share my favorite recipe using burgers!

11 comment(s):

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 PM  

I don't like the ones that try to taste like hamburgers. But I never liked hamburgers in my pre-veg days either. My husband doesn't understand how I can eat the other ones. I like the convenience of having all those veggies in a easy to use little patty.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:10 PM  

I agree with you on the Gardenbuger vs. Boca. The former tastes a little better but latter is cheaper. Also agree on cooking technique... if you can grill it, even on one of those indoor pseudo grill pans, it's much better.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 PM  

I don't care for "meat taste" imitators, either. Veggie Burgers are handy, fast meals, though. Diners and even "Murder King" have Veggie Burgers now, making it a little easier for vegetarians on the move.

By Blogger Man of Ages, at 3:19 PM  

I have been really partial to the following when looking for a veggie burger.

Morningstar Farms™ Fajita Burgers

I'll heat this one up in the microwave. Then, when its done, I'll sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top and melt that. Serve it with a side of light or fat-free sour cream, and its a yummy fajita treat. I will usually eat it without a bun.

Morningstar Farms™ Tomato and
Basil Pizza Burger

Same as above, except I'll use mozzerella cheese and a little pizza sauce instead of the sour cream. Usually eat this one without a bun as well.

By Blogger Vryce, at 5:39 AM  

have you ever tried the "AMY's Texas Burger" its really good. let me know if you like it or not.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:31 AM  

I love Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime for the fake-hamburger variety. Their garden veggie patties are really good too, especially if you spray them with some vegetable or olive oil and then grill them. They get crispy and delicious!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:25 PM  

Have you tried Dr. Praeger's brand? I find they are quite delicious. I like that they dont try to emulate meat flavors, which sort of creeps me out!

By Blogger tanvi, at 3:49 PM  

Wow - I'm amazed by this. Admittedly, 90% of the time I use veggie burgers it's scrambled (asian stirfry, mixed w/ mac n cheese, taco mix, etc.) - but I use them sometimes for actual veggie burgers too. I think morningstar grillers _original_ so far surpass anything else. Unless it's a restaurant, I literally won't eat any other kind. I've had decent stuff from other brands, but it's by far my favorite.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 AM  

Ugh! I just bough some Dr. Praeger's from Trader Joe's, and they are pretty bad. I've tried them in the microwave, and they just fall apart when you try to put them on the bun.

I'm trying them now mixed w/ scrambled eggs, just so I don't have to throw them out.

I'm in the camp of those who like the burgers to taste like grilled burgers or chicken. I just wish they weren't so damn expensive. If they weren't, I'll betcha a lot more Americans would switch.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:58 PM  

If the discussion of Boca vs. Gardenburger is on the table, please insert another less-corporate burger: The Walnut Burger, which can even be purchased online at www.walnutburger.com. These originated in the back kitchen of a small, historic hotel and restaurant in Trempealeau, WI (a Mississippi River town) and are the BEST-TASTING veggie burger I've ever tried!

By Blogger kes, at 8:28 AM  

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