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Jun 13, 2007 04:06 PM

Best veggie burger

Hello Chowhounders,

Which vegetarian cookbook or barbecue cookbook has the best recipes for veggie burgers? The summer will provide much time to get acquainted with the grill, I want to take advantage of that with some meat-free yumminess.


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  1. I must say, Dr. Praeger's Tex Mex veggie patties at Trader Joe's are quite good. In the absence of time, I haven't yet ventured into the realm of self-made patties, so those will do for now... and they do really well.

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    1. Be careful with veggie burgers on the bbq. A lot of recipes create patties that are safe in a fry pan but will crumble and fall through a grill. I've been looking for years for a great veggie burger and I still don't have a recipe I can recommend but let me steer you away from a very bad recipe: Alton Brown's veggie burger from Good Eats. It's a mess. Green split peas make for a burger with an unpleasant sweetness (like a Big Mac with too much secret sauce) and the brown rice never really blended into the patty. As I said I don't have a great veggie burger recipe yet but when I do, I suspect it will be based on brown lentils and bulgar.

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      1. re: inuksuk

        Oh my goodness, this reminds me of one of my most embarrassing private kitchen disasters that I would only admit to here, anonymously... I don't have a toaster oven, just a toaster, and I was too tired to get out the pan and cook up a Dr. Praegers.... so I popped the frozen disc into my toaster like a poptart. Let your imagination fill in the rest.

        So yeah, maybe a barbecue grill isn't the best place for a veggie burger....

        1. re: amandine

          I've done veggie burgers on the grill, but always on a piece of foil...The frozen ones from TJs, etc, just need to be heated...Its the only way I know to keep them in one piece!

      2. I've never made these recipes but I'm gong to try the jalapeño red bean burgers this weekend.

        At some point during this exercise I will probably be glaring at ash covered gloopy lumps of 'burger' as they slip through the grate but I'm going to give it a whirl.

        1. I recommend Dr. Praeger's also. They sell them at Costco. For awhile they did not sell them, I forgot why, but they are back. I don't think they would work on the grill. I know Cooks Illustrated did a recipe for veggie burgers that looked interesting, I have never tired them, but......

          1. i like isa moskowitz' veggie burger recipe with mushrooms in "vegan with a vengeance." when making my own veggie burgers and expecting them to hold together on a grill i like to make use of a patty press-- they sell expensive ones at williams sonoma & crate & barrel, but you can get a cheap tupperware one. you could improvise with an empty can and a smaller, flat lid. freeze or partially freeze the patty before grilling also, and the tinfoil works as a good safety net as well.