The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet

June 30th, 2011 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

I have eaten many vegan burgers in the past two decades of living la vida vegan. Veggie burgers have been my satiation saviors at work BBQs, road trip pit stops and visits to my grandparent’s house. Although, I’ve tried many of the prepared and chain restaurant options I don’t often make veggie burgers at home. I enjoy their availability in the moment when I need a quick fix for an otherwise unvegan menu but I rarely plan a meal around a big burger and a bun.

The great thing about vegans and the vegan diet is diversity. Even though I tend to eat a lot of kale and avocado salads, there are vegans out there perfecting a vegan chicken fried steak burger. Awesome, right? Joni Marie Newman is the woman to turn to for unbelievably good vegan burgers. As the author of Cozy Inside, and co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes, Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions (with the lovely Celine Steen), Joni Marie knows what it takes to make a recipe great. Her newest creation contains 101 burger recipes that range from traditional patties to unique combinations that resemble a standard burger in shape alone.

When I received a review copy of this book I knew that these recipes would be perfect to fill the freezer for my brother and his family. He recently moved into a new home with a pool. With four hungry, active kids to feed, a freezer full of satisfying, flavourful patties will make fuelling a summer of pool parties a breeze.
A quick flip through the pages of The Best Veggie Burgers On The Planet, and you’ll begin to question all of your preconceived notions about burgers. There is chapter with breakfast burgers that includes unique variations like the Peaches and Cream burger. Throughout the book there are flavour combinations that pull from all the amazing cuisines of the world – served up in burger-form. Joni Marie pushes the parameters of the standard patty with recipes for Moo Goo Gai Pan Burgers, Korean BBQ Burgers, Broosketta Burgers, Oktoberfest Kraut Burgers, and a whole lot more. She also includes chapters full of buns, breads, sides, salads and a few sweets to round out your meals.
It was really hard to pick a few recipes to try. Since I knew that I’d be sending them off to feed my brother’s family, I had to avoid the spicier recipes. Although, I did make a batch of the Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers for my Mom and my brother Dan. The smokey heat from the chipotles was balanced beautifully by the sweet potato base. We brought the batch to a pirate pool party and all left happy and satiated.
I also made:
Fruity Holiday Brunch Burgers
with a layer of fresh strawberries baked right in.
Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Burgers on Sweet Potato Buns
Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers
All American Burgers
Every single recipe was a hit. The only one that required some adjustment was the sweet potato buns, but I know that things like humidity and flour region can impact bread recipes. After adding some extra flour, the buns turned out light and soft, a perfect compliment to a hearty burger.

The recipes in this book cover such a range of flavours, and ingredients that you’re bound to find a new favourite. There are recipes that call for seitan, beans, TVP, tofu and/or tempeh as the burger base, offering something to please every palate and dietary requirement. My personal favourite was the sweet strawberry filled, oatmeal cookie-like patty suggested for serving at a holiday brunch. I would love to have a big batch ready to reheat for breakfast in bed or a brunch buffet at the cottage this summer.

I know my sister-in-law is happy to have a freezer full of fantastic food to feed her busy brood. I’m happy they’re all eating plants and loving it!

What is your favourite veggie burger (homemade, store bought, restaurant recipe)?

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