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Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers

Kale Gluten Free, California Gluten Free, TexMex
$4.99 per 4-pack

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On August 15, 2014
Last modified:September 15, 2014


The deep flavors and stellar dairy-free ingredient lists make this one of our favorite GMO-free veggie burger brands. Unlike faux meat, these patties are packed with visible vegetables and grains for a taste experience that isn’t trying to be something it’s not. Our only complaint was the tenderness of the texture, particularly with the gluten-free varieties. They are a bit too soft for grilling or toasting.

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!

Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers: 9 Flavorful Varieties (all dairy-free; select are vegan + gluten-free,)

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.

TexMex Veggie Burgers

My first experience with Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers was the TexMex variety, which I discovered at Trader Joe’s.

Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers: 9 Flavorful Dairy-Free Varieties (TexMex pictured)

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.

California Gluten Free Veggie Burgers

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.

Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers - California Gluten Free + Dairy Free

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.

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.

Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers: 9 Flavorful Dairy-Free Varieties (Kale pictured)

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!

Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers: 9 Flavorful Dairy-Free Varieties (Kale pictured)

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.

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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    […] 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. […]

  2. Ken LeitmanAugust 12, 2014 at 4:38 pmReply

    I love Dr.Praegers veggie burgers and I like the spinach pancakes. I can even get my young son to eat the spinach pancakes, and he does not like anything even slightly green.
    I agree the burgers are very soft, but on slices of homemade grain bread with mustard and nice fresh tomatoes, I have a complete lunch, in very little time.

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  4. Karen DAugust 14, 2014 at 12:01 pmReply

    I really love the California Burgers… served on a homemade roll with homemade condiments, some onion and fresh tomatoes in season. Best commercial veggie burger, hands down!

  5. Beatrice+PAugust 18, 2014 at 6:18 amReply

    I tried the Asian burgers and it was fresh and delicious.

  6. Amie SmithAugust 19, 2014 at 7:24 amReply

    We like the veggie burgers. A low fat alternative to regular hamburgers is always appealing.

  7. Carol+OAugust 19, 2014 at 8:22 pmReply

    great flavor, lots of different veggies

  8. LindaAugust 21, 2014 at 1:07 pmReply

    The Black Bean burgers are mazing! My absolute favorite!

  9. Ann TaylorAugust 21, 2014 at 1:34 pmReply

    I am so disappointing that we cannot find the American burger any more. That was by far our favorite and even our friends who still eat meat liked them. We still love the other kinds and Dr. P is the only ones we will buy.

  10. Florence MimsAugust 21, 2014 at 3:26 pmReply

    Don’t be afraid to try the Asian veggie burger version. It is so tasty and the flavor is always awesome!

  11. SabrinaAugust 23, 2014 at 7:50 amReply

    Dr. Praeger’s gluten free products are my favorite. I am addicted to them. I stock up on them when I go to the store. My favorite one is the gluten free spinach littles followed by the gluten free fish sticks. I would by thrilled to win the giveaway.

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