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The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Burgers

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!

Brands of Vegan Burgers

Dairy-Free and Vegan Burgers - Quinoa Veggie 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).

Vegan Burgers - Big MountainBig 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!

Vegan Burgers - Hilarys Eat WellHillary’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.

Vegan Burgers - Sol Cuisine Mushrooom Rice*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!

Recipes for Homemade Vegan Burgers

Dairy-Free and Vegan Burgers - Organic Mushroom Veggie Burgers

Homemade Vegan Burgers

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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34 Comments

  1. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free DessertsAugust 28, 2013 at 11:25 amReply

    Wow, what an awesome resource you’ve created, Alisa! I often get asked about ready-made gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan options like veggie burgers. Now I have this terrific listing to share! Thank you for it, and especially for noting the gluten-free and “more-free” options!

    Shirley

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 28, 2013 at 1:31 pmReplyAuthor

      So glad you like it Shirley! I’ve been meaning to do this one for a while now, as I missed veggie burgers for so many years! There are a few great little brands in this mix, and of course, recipes :)

  2. JenniferAugust 28, 2013 at 11:37 amReply

    The thing is, Morning Star and Boca Burger if I remember correctly are owned by companies (Don’t remember which ones, don’t have the list here) which helped contribute money to defeat the measure/bill that was to label GMO foods.

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 28, 2013 at 1:30 pmReplyAuthor

      Yes, agreed Jennifer. This post was meant to be all-inclusive, but as you can tell in my notes, those two brands aren’t ones that I recommend or personally eat.

  3. JohnnaAugust 28, 2013 at 12:39 pmReply

    You’ve gotta try the Hillary’s Eat Well burgers! I live in the area where they are made and ate them at the now-closed Local Burger for years. The new Hemp ‘n Greens is my current favorite. I like them best cooked in the toaster. So good!

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 28, 2013 at 1:29 pmReplyAuthor

      Thanks Johnna! As soon as I have freezer space I’ll seek them out!

  4. Carol, Simply Gluten-freeAugust 28, 2013 at 2:19 pmReply

    Great round up! I eat meat but still love veggie burgers. Thanks for including me and I agree with Johnna, you gotta try Hilary’s Eat Well – they are fabulous!

  5. Heather DarleyAugust 28, 2013 at 2:31 pmReply

    Yum! These all look so great! Can’t wait to try them.

  6. Dreena BurtonAugust 28, 2013 at 3:16 pmReply

    Wow! I haven’t even seen many of these burgers, what a thorough review Alisa!

    My next shopping trip to the US I will have a look for some of these – would really like to try the Hillary’s and the Chez Marie. We really have come a long way! (and I’m with you, while I’m not a big fan of faux meats, love well-crafted veg burgers)

    Thanks for the great resource!

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 29, 2013 at 7:01 amReplyAuthor

      Several of the good-looking ones are actually Canadian – Big Mountain, Asherah’s, and a couple others, but yes, the selection is broader in the US :)

  7. J'Marinde ShephardAugust 29, 2013 at 1:36 amReply

    I appreciate this, but I cannot tell if these products are also dairy free or quinoa free. Please, when you feature a product, could you also declare it as dairy free in addition to the other allergens? I know it SHOULD be obvious on this page, but it is not. I am also wondering about the push for quinoa. I ate some of this once and got VERY ill. It IS NOT a safe allergen replacement..
    Thank you for your attention to these dietary concerns..

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 29, 2013 at 7:00 amReplyAuthor

      J’marinde, this is a dairy-free site – they are all dairy-free. I do not post anything on Go Dairy Free that is not dairy-free.

      • Christina MarslandAugust 29, 2013 at 1:27 pmReply

        Quorn burgers contain egg white and dairy,. as stated on their website.

        • Alisa FlemingAugust 29, 2013 at 1:56 pmReplyAuthor

          I reference their “vegan burgers” specifically. See their website for details on that burger, which contains no dairy or egg white. No reference was made to all Quorn veggie burgers, as only the vegan ones are dairy- and egg-free.

  8. Nancy A.August 29, 2013 at 2:31 amReply

    I make my own black bean burgers and one time an oat patty. I it was a little dry! But, I keep trying. Thank you for the recipes, I am going to try some of those now.

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 29, 2013 at 6:59 amReplyAuthor

      The Chicago Diner recipe is mushroom and oat-based, and they come out quite tender!

  9. John DePaulaAugust 29, 2013 at 7:50 amReply

    My favorite one by far is not on the list. Not sure what their distribution is but definitely worth looking for them: SortaSausage Hemp Burger. Vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, Soy-free.

    You can dress it like a regular burger, but I like mine with tomato, avocado, peperoncini, and chipotle Yumm! sauce.

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 29, 2013 at 10:23 amReplyAuthor

      Thanks John, I’ve added it to the post above. Looks like a brand regional to the northwest, but hopefully their distribution does expand!

  10. IvyAugust 29, 2013 at 8:25 amReply

    The Boca original chikn patties are vegan–and amazing! I use them for everything, including in my chikn pot pie–to die for! Just haven’t found anything good enough for chikn soup. And I don’t like Beyond Meat. :/

  11. MeigenAugust 29, 2013 at 10:48 amReply

    What about an exhaustive list on veggie dogs? (hotdogs)

  12. india LeighAugust 29, 2013 at 12:43 pmReply

    This is a fantastic list, thanks so much for compiling it. I did think though that Quorn contained egg whites and milk products, so not vegan?

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 29, 2013 at 1:56 pmReplyAuthor

      The Quorn “vegan” burgers, as noted specifically, are vegan. The others are not.

      • CaseyJuly 3, 2014 at 9:23 amReply

        Quorn does make a Vegan burger and it’s delicious. I don’t know why it strikes you as weird to eat fungus. I eat mushrooms all the time and they are delicious. I try to limit my soy and Quorn is an easy way to do it.

  13. india LeighAugust 29, 2013 at 11:15 pmReply

    oh, thanks for that Alisa. I don’t think the ‘vegan’ burgers have reached the UK yet. Going to check! Thanks again!

  14. MaggieAugust 30, 2013 at 7:09 pmReply

    Wow! This is amazing Alisa. You’re the Queen of round-ups like this, I love it! We usually have a box of store-boughts in the freezer, for nights when we want something easy! Thanks so much for sharing my burgerssss!! xo

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  16. Cassidy StocktonJuly 1, 2014 at 3:37 pmReply

    Great round up Alisa! Love this! I am becoming a big fan of Qrunch and I’m excited to try some of these new brands that I’ve not seen before (not to mention the recipes posted above).

  17. ErinJuly 2, 2014 at 7:52 amReply

    I love Qrunch burgers – they are my new favorite! I’ve been eating one on its own for breakfast. They are all natural ingredients. They go a little heavy on the coconut oil though, I wish they weren’t so high in fat.

    I discovered Qrunch burgers at Roots market on a trip to MD but I just found them again in my local store, Mom’s Organic Market in Bryn Mawr. I really hope to see them more widely available because they are so yummy and made with only recognizable ingredients!

  18. RaineyJuly 2, 2014 at 7:55 amReply

    Dr. Praeger’s California Burger & Sunshine Garden Herb are simple & outstanding. By far the best, and I’ve tried just about everything out there.

  19. karriJuly 2, 2014 at 10:04 amReply

    Which one is the one in the main photo?

  20. MariJuly 3, 2014 at 11:33 amReply

    Thanks for a great list!

    I have tried the Engine 2 burgers and they are very good. And their website has a great template for making your own burgers with your favorite ingredients or whatever you have on hand:

    http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/simple-guide-to-plant-strong-burgers/

  21. MariJuly 3, 2014 at 11:38 amReply

    The only product I’ve tried from Field Roast so far is their frankfurters which are really good and it is the only brand I’ve found with an “acceptable” list of ingredients – only for special occasions.

    But recently I saw that they have “hand formed burgers”. Has anyone tried these?

    http://fieldroast.com/product/hand-formed-burger/

  22. KimJuly 7, 2014 at 8:41 amReply

    You are amazing, Alisa! Thank you for putting together all of this work! With younger kids, I always have a package or two in the freezer. We also love the Hilary’s!

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