Amy’s Veggie Burgers – Vegan Varieties

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While Amy’s is a vegetarian company specifically, they never leave vegan and dairy-free consumers out in the dust. Even just their expansive line up of veggie burgers has 6 varieties!

Amy's Veggie Burgers
With a package of each chilling in the freezer, it was time for a barbecue!  I gathered our little three-generation family and my father fired up the grill. You can make these on the stovetop (or even in the microwave), but it is summer after all, and a barbecue just sounds like more of an eventful gathering.

Tasting Notes for Amy’s Veggie Burgers

All of Amy’s Vegan Veggie Burgers noted above are made with organic vegetables and grains, and are completely non-GMO.

Amy’s Quarter Pounder Veggie Burger (Contains Wheat, Soy, and Walnuts)

Both men, who would have preferred we were serving ground beef Quarter Pounders, didn’t hesitate to request this jumbo veggie burger.  My husband gave his typical “it’s good” and finished it off.  My dad said, “much better and meatier than those other veggie burgers [Boca].”  Both said that it was a bit “bready,” but they liked it.

The Quarter Pounder was definitely the most impressive of the five in terms of a true burger experience. It easily filled out the sizable bun, making me feel like a real meal was ahead.

It was lightly sweet and nutty in both flavor and texture.  t wasn’t what I would call meaty, but a hearty and tasty “burger” in its own right.  Little bits of veggies and a slight cooked vegetable flavor could be found within, yet not so much that you couldn’t slip these past veggie-hating kids. The fairly mild flavor made this a good burger for dressing up. Though I still prefer my burgers to be a bit even more “veggie” inspired, this is definitely the veggie burger I would pick for future barbecues and burger meals.

Amy’s California Veggie Burger (Soy-Free, Contains Wheat and Walnuts)

My salad-loving relative went for the Californian, as expected. She thought it was quite good; no resounding “fantastic” comments, but it passed her test.  By the time I was ready to trial this veggie burger, a few days later, we had run out of buns. It was then, that a moment of inspiration hit. Recalling AllergicGirl’s favorite meal, burger salads, I thought, “Why not make a veggie burger salad?” This turned out to be an award-winning idea.  Not only was it a positively delicious salad, but my meat-eating husband also loved it!  He requested veggie burger salads for the rest of the week, stating that he liked how they didn’t weight him down.  They tasted good, and he actually felt better after eating them!

Amy's Veggie Burgers

In terms of the California itself, it was tasty, yet not a burger-like experience. Not that I am complaining, I prefer the veggie taste, but some people like the meat substitute effect. The burger had a deep but mellow flavor. There was just enough salt to make things interesting. It was a touch soft in the center, yet hearty with a good dose of barley-like grains (organic bulger wheat as it turned out).  This soft and bready texture certainly worked atop our salads.

Amy’s All American  (Contains Wheat, Soy, and Walnuts)

Fearing a sweet ketchup flavored veggie burger, I was pleased when I detected only a light spice that offered enough to add interest without threatening fragile taste buds. More crumbly than mushy, the All-American is a good contender for the actual sandwich medium.  It might be the one I would choose to have at a barbecue alongside the Quarter Pounder, to suit lighter appetites.

The bits of grain gave it a heartier chew, making the All American more like a veggie burger hybrid.  We enjoyed the All American atop our veggie burger salads. It had a light sweetness that struck me a bit too much in that sparsely seasoned environment. While it did crumble nicely onto our salads, I definitely vote “burger” with this one.

Sonoma Burger

This burger has pleasant earthy flavor. The combination of grains (quinoa and gluten-free oats), veggies (mushrooms, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and potatoes), walnuts, and garbanzo flour works nicely.

Amy's Sonoma Veggie Burgers and Organic Gluten-Free Sandwich Rounds

When toasted or baked the veggie burgers aren’t greasy and are actually nice and firm on the outside. I toasted up an Amy’s sandwich round, slathered it with a little mustard, topped with tomato and avocado (I was out of lettuce), and then put the burger on top to act as the second bun! It worked perfectly and was delicious!

Where to Purchase:  See the Amy’s website for a store locator.  Amy’s products are widely distributed in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Thailand.  These veggie burgers can be found in many natural food stores and mainstream grocers.

The Facts on Amy’s Veggie Burgers

Certifications: Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Veggie Burgers do not appear to have any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Veggie Burgers are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are gluten-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. 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 Amy’s Kitchen website at amys.com

About Author

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.

4 Comments

  1. I thiink I have tried every single one of these veggie burgers! In fact I bought more today. I like the all Americaan quite a bit. I started eating these burgers for the soy.. it was recommended by my Dr to get more soy in my diet. At the time I thought I would like them at all but they truly are good. The only thing is on the grill they did dry out quickly and were dome long before I thought they would be. For me, the toaster oven did the best job.

  2. I really enjoy Amy’s products. All of their burgers are great, but I have to say the All American is my favorite! of the ones that I’ve tried. Haven’t tried the Bistro burger, but will keep my eye out for it: sounds good!

  3. Marilynn Kregal on

    Looking at Amy’s veggie burgers, and see that only one of 5 is soy free.
    Is Hexane included in your the soy products? It is certainly used in 90 percent
    of all veggie burgers. And is highly toxic.

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