Faux meat has never been my thing, but I do adore veggie burgers. A jumble of ingredients pressed into a patty with flavor options that are seemingly endless. To me, they aren’t simply burger replacements. I do enjoy them in a bun, but also on salads, over rice, or, if flavorful enough, with a side of steamed vegetables.
But dairy-free veggie burgers weren’t always easy to come by. In fact, just ten years ago it was a challenge to find a single brand at the market. Fortunately, those days are gone. There are now dozens of varieties to choose from among at least 20 brands. Below includes all of my findings and notes (includes U.S. and Canadian companies!), but don’t stop with the store-bought selections, the list ends with several recipes for homemade vegan burgers!
*Amy’s (gluten-free and soy-free options) – It’s hard not to love a company that has eight (count them, 8!) dairy-free and vegan burgers: California, Light in Sodium California, Sonoma, All-American, Quarter Pound, Bistro, Texas, and the new Black Bean. Some are soy-free and a few are gluten-free (certified) – check the packaging. At last check, Amy’s had a peanut-free and egg-free facility, too. See my review here.
Asherah’s Gourmet (gluten-free, soy-free, allergy-friendly) – I discovered this top eight-free brand (yes, even nut-free and sesame-free!) at Expo West, but didn’t get a full tasting of their two Vegan Burgers: Original and Chipotle. They are certified organic, certified gluten-free, made with quinoa and boasted as a “protein powerhouse” (6 grams per pattie).
Big Mountain Organic (gluten-free, soy-free, allergy-friendly) - Offering the Original Veggie Burger and the Santa Fe Cheesy Burger (with Daiya cheese alternative!) this little Canadian company focuses on quality. They use vegetables, beans, and spices to make their non-GMO verified patties.
Boca Burger – I’ve never been a fan of this “faux meat” like veggie burger, which has a less than desirable ingredient list. They offer a Vegan burger and a Vegan burger made with non-GMO soy.
Chez Marie (gluten-free and soy-free) – This fledgling company has three vegan burgers (Spicy Bean, Hearty Hempseed, Wholesome Harvest), each made with a blend of brown rice, vegetables, beans, flaxseeds, and pea protein. Note that these non-GMO verified Chez Marie burgers are touted as vegan, gluten-free and soy-free, and they do not contain any peanut or tree nut ingredients, but they are made in a shared facility and have an allergen disclaimer.
Dominex Eggplant - A unique find indeed, this eggplant-based veggie burger fits a niche. Unfortunately, that first wholesome ingredient is followed by soy protein isolate and “all-natural” additives.
Dr. Praeger’s (gluten-free option) – Pushing to become the new veggie burger leader, Dr. Praeger’s entire patty product line (9 varieties in all) is dairy-free. However, a couple do contain egg whites. The following is a round-up of their vegan burgers: Asian, Bombay Curry, California, Gluten-Free California, Italian, Kale, Tex Mex, and Thai. I like that their ingredients are all straight-forward, and they are working toward non-GMO verification (a representative said they do currently source non-GMO ingredients for their burgers). See my review here.
EcoVegan – Specializing in faux meat, EcoVegan makes Zen Patties that focus on lots of soy and wheat proteins and binders. The ingredients don’t sound appealing to me, but they probably yield burgers that are closer to the “real deal” in texture.
Gardein – This is another vegan “meat” specialist, offering a full-range of alternatives made with wheat gluten and non-GMO soy. Their Beefless Burgers are available both frozen and refrigerated and in a slider size.
*Gardenburger – I’ve got a soft spot for my first veggie burger love. They make two vegan varieties: Veggie Medley and Black Bean Chipotle. Note that their other veggie burger varieties do contain dairy and are made on the same equipment (certified kosher-dairy).
GoGo Quinoa (gluten-free and soy-free) – Their Quinoa Burger is truly a testament to ancient grains. Made exclusively with organic quinoa, organic amaranth, and all-natural seasonings, this free-from patty could double as a side dish!
Hillary’s Eat Well (gluten-free, soy-free, allergy-friendly) - High on my “must try” list, Hillary specializes in top eight-free vegan burgers (yes, nut-free, too!), and boasts vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO certifications. She uses whole grains, vegetables, and seasonings in all three varieties: World’s Best, Adzuki Bean, and Hemp & Greens.
Little Green Handcrafted Burgers (soy-free, gluten-free option) – These look amazing, and come in such fun varieties: Pea-Lafel, Shroom, Bollywood, Black Bean, and Vegetable.
Moophrey by Food for Life – Wow, the image sure looks like a beef burger! For faux meat lovers, this wheat and organic soy-based patty may hit the spot.
Morningstar Farms – Wow, who knew there were SO many mock meat companies? Morningstar Farms has a huge line of veggie burgers, but be warned that only the Grillers Vegan is dairy-free and vegan, and it contains loads of questionable ingredients.
Ope’s – This little Michigan-based company has been around for years, yet I rarely see their products. Their Low-Carb Organic Veggie Burger Patties come in Black Bean and Veggie (both varieties are bean and soy-based).
*Qrunch (gluten-free, soy-free, allergy-friendly) - One of the newest on this list, Qrunch Veggie Burgers are quickly gaining distribution, and for good reason: they are wholesome and tasty! Available in Original, Spicy Italian, Chile, and Curry, each whole grain bite is organic, top allergen-free, and made with flavorful whole food ingredients. See my full review here.
Quorn - Made with mycoprotein (fungus?) their controversial vegan burgers sound a little too weird for us to taste test, but it has been on the market for a while. Note that most of their burgers do contain dairy and egg, but not the “vegan” burger specifically.
*Sol Cuisine (gluten-free, soy-free options) – Focusing on gluten-free, organic and non-GMO, Sol Cuisine has a wide range of vegan burgers and sliders, including Original, Almond Grain, Spicy Black Bean, Mushroom Rice, No Soy Aloo Tikki, and No Soy Sprouted Quinoa Chia. I couldn’t find the no soy varieties locally, but did sample the Mushroom Rice variety of this much raved about brand. It was heavy on the mushroom, in both taste and texture, which I liked. It needs just a dash or two of additional salt to perfect the flavor!
SortaSausage (gluten-free and soy-free) – This little company with the entertaining name offers The Original Hemp Burger, made with gluten-free oats, polenta, sun-dried tomatoes, hemp seeds, and a handful of other all-natural ingredients.
Sunshine Burgers (gluten-free, soy-free, allergy-friendly) - The simplicity of this exclusively vegan burger-maker is refreshing. Some of their varieties have just 5 simple ingredients, and all are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and made without top allergens. They use brown rice, sunflower seeds, vegetables, spices, and in some, beans, to make their Garden Herb, Quarter Pound Original, Loco Chipotle, Black Bean Southwest, Barbecue, Falafel and Shiitake Mushroom vegan burgers. I’m putting this brand on my shopping list now!
Wildwood SprouTofu (gluten-free) – For those who consume soy, this is by far the most virtuous soy-based, all-vegan brand that I have spotted. The tofu used is made from organic sprouted whole soybeans (no isolates!), and they use just a handful of other ingredients, including organic vegetables and spices. The veggie burgers are available in Original, Reduced Fat Original, Southwest, and Shiitake flavors.
*Brands we’ve sampled recently and liked. See the notes!