Updated! Nobody does dairy-free vegetable-based patties like the sensible Dr. Praeger. With no shortage on options, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers include TEN varieties, all 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.
Super Greens Veggie Burgers
Starting with my most recent trial first – I simply LOVE the ingredients in these things – they’re like a salad in a burger! If you’re looking for a meaty vegan burger, then this isn’t it, but if you love true variation and wholesome ingredient veggie burgers, these tender patties are worth a try. These lightly crispy on the outside, very soft on the inside, potato-y patties are visibly spiked with generous amounts of collards, kale and other greens. They also have stealth wholesome gluten-free ingredients like teff and hemp. I really enjoyed the pleasant but mild flavor of these Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers as they fit with so many flavor profiles – curry, peanut sauce, tomato sauce, aioli – I even paired them with a flavorful Provencal mustard on the veggie burger bites pictured below! The only downfall is that these patties are quite soft in the middle, much like the California discussed below.
Kale Gluten Free Veggie Burgers
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 Super Greens and California Gluten Free Veggie Burgers. 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!
California Gluten Free Veggie Burgers
I adore 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.
TexMex Veggie Burgers
My first experience with Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers was the TexMex variety, which I discovered at Trader Joe’s. The first ingredients of these 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.
Certifications: Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are Certified Kosher Parve and select varieties are Certified Gluten-Free. They are currently working on non-GMO verification and vegan certification for select varieties that are labeled as vegan.
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.