Updated! Nobody does dairy-free vegetable-based patties like the sensible Dr. Praeger. With no shortage on options, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers currently include NINE varieties and all are made without a drop of milk or speck of cheese!
I’ve yet to sample every flavor, but have happily taste-tested a few thus far. To note, I usually go all-veggie with my burgers. Though a bun occasionally comes into the equation, I prefer them either in lettuce wraps or atop salads. All of the Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers that I’ve trialed to date got the veggie burger salad treatment, but these very soft and tender patties would also add nice flavor to any sandwich with a burger bun, pita, or simply two slices of your favorite bread.
My first experience with Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers was the TexMex variety, which I discovered at Trader Joe’s.
As you can see, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers have had a major packaging facelift since the above was taken, which was sorely needed. The old packaging was frumpy from front to back, looking overly nutritious, while the new packaging (shown above) has fresh appeal.
I love, love, love the ingredient profile of the TexMex; the first ingredients are carrots, black beans, onions, string beans, and oat bran, and the veggie love doesn’t stop there. They are also non-GMO, with no textured soy protein (they use a little whole soy). Whole little bits of vegetables and black beans dotted these Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers and the TexMex flavor was calm and influential rather than overly barbecue. They lacked the “wow” factor for us, but were generally tasty. We just wanted a bit more richness, which could possibly be had with some sliced avocado.
I love, love, love the rich onion flavor in these patties. Dotted with chunks of carrots and zucchini along with whole peas and edamame, there is no doubt that these truly are vegetable-based burgers.
My only qualm is that the burgers are very, very soft and a little difficult to handle unless well broiled on each side – even then, they tend to want to be a little mushy and wouldn’t hold up on a standard grill. I actually enjoyed the mouth feel of the texture, but found them difficult to transfer from oven to plate. If gluten-free isn’t a concern for you, Dr. Praeger does have a California burger with gluten that may hold up better.
These trendy gems were released just before the summer of 2014, and they are a great addition to the veggie burger world, in my opinion. They actually aren’t overly intense in kale, which I like, but do contain an amazing list of vegetable and grain ingredients that starts with quinoa, brown rice, and millet. Yes, these are gluten-free, too.
The Kale Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are still very soft (not sturdy enough for grilling), but less tender than the California Gluten Free Veggie Burger. The flavor is excellent, very deep and onion-y with just the right amount of salt. The kale is everpresent and tasty, butnot the least bit bitter. This is a true veggie and whole grain lover’s delight!
Certifications: Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are certified kosher parve and select varieties are certified vegan. They are currently working on non-GMO verification and gluten-free certification for select varieties that are labeled as gluten-free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are dairy-free / non-dairy and vegetarian. Select varieties are also gluten-free, egg-free, and vegan. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit The Dr. Praeger’s website at www.drpraegers.com.