Best Veggie Burgers 2018

Field Roast Fieldburger double burger with seitan bacon
Field Roast Fieldburger double burger with seitan bacon

Field Roast FieldBurger – 4.5 / 5.0

Our current favorite veggie burger is the FieldBurger from this Washington state based company. Patties are made from simple ingredients – barley and veggies – but aren’t anything like those old, sad, limp veggie burgers of yesteryear. These are fully flavored and rich burgers that are an absolute pleasure to eat. Do keep an eye on the burger’s nutrition as they do possess quite a bit of saturated fat.

290 calories, 3.2 oz patty
16g fat, 5g saturated
25g protein
Vegetarian, vegan

The Beyond Burger with onion rings
The Beyond Burger with onion rings

The Beyond Burger – 4.3 / 5.0

A close runner up is Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger. This burger looks and feels exactly like the real deal – that pink hue comes from beet juice in case you’re worried. The beyond burger cooks up just like the real thing in the pan or grill, taking on a wonderful char and crisp crust at high temps. The drawback is that you can’t microwave these in a rush and the saturated fat content is a tad high. Bonus points for this burger is that it suits a huge range of dietary requirements, see below.

270 calories, 4 oz patty
20g fat, 5g saturated
20g protein
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, GMO free, soy free

365 Meatless Burgers cooked close up
365 Meatless Burgers cooked close up

365 Meatless Burgers – 4.2 / 5.0

This in store brand from Whole Foods is exceptionally good. The patties are not only 100% vegan friendly but plenty healthy to boot. The burgers have a processed texture that remains robust after cooking – but the winning element is the flavor – they possess a remarkably meaty texture that delivers a ton of umami.

120 calories, 2.5 oz patty
4.5g fat, 0g saturated
11g protein
Vegetarian, vegan

MorningStar Farms grillers originals double burger
MorningStar Farms grillers originals double burger

MorningStar Farms Original Grillers – 4.1 / 5.0

When it comes to old school veggie patties this is one of our favorites. It’s quite a processed patty but very low in fat compared to the above patties. It cooks quickly in the microwave, comes frozen for a long shelf life and is usually quite affordable. Sadly it’s vegetarian only and won’t meet a lot of specific dietary requirements.

130 calories, 2.3 oz patty
6g fat, 1g saturated
15g protein
Vegetarian

Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger - hoisin burger close up
Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger – hoisin burger close up

Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger – 4.1 / 5.0

Almost identical to the MorningStar in taste, texture and nutrition is this offering from Gardein. The major difference here, the patties are noticeably bigger and also 100% vegan friendly; the patties also have a mildly-noticeable lingering celery flavor too. The patty loses a few points though for being quite easy to overcook. This leaves it shoulder to shoulder with the MorningStar Farms patty based on your own preference.

130 calories, 3 oz patty
6g fat, 0g saturated
14g protein
Vegan, vegetarian, GMO free

Sweet Earth Sante Fe Veggie Burger close up
Sweet Earth Sante Fe Veggie Burger

Sweet Earth Sante Fe Veggie Burger – 3.5 / 5.0

A health-forward black bean burger that won’t disappoint if that’s your thing. Pan cooked these have that classic crisp exterior with mushy bean interior. The patties have a little Southwestern flavor to match the bean and corn filling.

230 calories, 4 oz patty
6g fat, 1g saturated
15g protein
Vegetarian, vegan, GMO free

MorningStar Farms Meat Lovers Vegan Burgers - guacamole burger
MorningStar Farms Meat Lovers Vegan Burgers – guacamole burger

MorningStar Farms Meat Lovers Vegan Burgers – 3.2 / 5.0

This big meaty monster is MorningStar Farms entrant into the competitive vegan burger space. It’s a hefty patty both in terms of size and nutrition too, check out those calories! At any rate the texture here commendable, good for grill if you choose to take that path.

280 calories, 3.9 oz patty
18g fat, 2.5g saturated
27g protein
Vegetarian, vegan

dr Praeger's California Veggie Burger with slaw and veggies
dr Praeger’s California Veggie Burger with slaw and veggies

dr Praeger’s California Veggie Burger – 3.0 / 5.0

dr Praeger’s Veggie Burger is what most folks would imagine if asked to describe a classic vegetarian burger. The ingredients are predominantly all natural, vegetables and oat bran. Those looking for a modern vegan burger that seeks to emulate the real deal will be disappointed. Those who are looking for a health focused patty first and foremost, or a way to add vegetables to a plate easily, will be much happier.

120 calories, 2.5 oz patty
5g fat, 0.5g saturated
5g protein
Vegetarian, vegan, GMO free

Note, the dr Praeger website lists a different version of this burger that is now listed as GF and soy free. I’ve yet to see this in stores though.

Hillary's Worlds Best Veggie Burger top down finished burger
Hillary’s Worlds Best Veggie Burger top down finished burger

Hillary’s World’s Best Veggie Burger – 2.0 / 5.0

I wasn’t a fan of this burger. A curious aroma when cooking, a weak texture that crumbled too easily and ultimately and bland taste that was overwhelmed by toppings. The burger does excel when it comes to accommodating very restricted diets. The burger is free from many common allergens.

190 calories, 3.2 oz patty
7g fat, 5g saturated
4g protein
Vegetarian, vegan, GMO free, soy free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, corn free

Burger King Whopper
Burger King Whopper

Comparing veggie burgers to a regular burger

So how do all of these veggie burger patties stack up against one of America’s favorite burgers – Burger King’s Whopper? Here are the following nutritional data points for the BK Whopper patty by itself:

250 calories, 4 oz patty
19g fat, 8g saturated
13g protein

The above data from myfitenesspal

How much protein do I need?

One of the main concerns in choosing a vegetarian or vegan product is protein. Many consumers worry meat free alternatives won’t be able to stack up to the previous meat based diet. As you will see from the info above, that’s mostly untrue these days. Many people also overestimate how much daily protein they really need. If you need any proof check out the USDA nutrition calculator; enter your basic details and you’ll find out how much protein you really need. We’re betting the results might surprise you.