Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide with 25 Brands and 25 Recipes

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I created this guide several years ago because dairy-free veggie burgers were actually difficult to find. Most brands used milk in some form, and even less were vegan. It was ironic that most veggie burgers weren’t made with just veggies! But as the plant-based movement has taken hold, vegan veggie burgers are popping up everywhere, and many brands have even changed their old formulas.

So I’ve updated our guide to include all of the vegan veggie burgers we could find in North America. Our round-up now includes over 25 Brands, dozens of varieties, and over 25 Recipes for you to make at home!

Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide: Over 25 Brands without Dairy, Eggs, or Other Animal-Derived Ingredients PLUS Over 25 Recipes!

25 Brands of Vegan Veggie Burgers You Can Buy Right Now

👍🏻 Brands with this emoji are on our Dedicated Dairy-Free Facilities List.

This post is for informational purposes only and should not replace your own due diligence. At the time of our review, the products listed were made without dairy ingredients (or other animal-derived ingredients). But manufacturing processes and ingredients are subject to change at any time, without notice. Always read the ingredients before consumption, and always contact the manufacturer if you are dealing with a severe food allergy or high sensitivity. All products are at risk for some degree of potential cross-contamination with allergens. Only you can decide what is safe for your needs.

Amy’s

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers: Amy'sVarieties: Black Bean, Sonoma, Summer Harvest, California, All American, Quarter Pound, California Light in Sodium
  • Top Allergens Used: select varieties use Wheat, Soy, and/or Nuts
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

Amy’s isn’t a completely vegan company, but at last check, all of their veggie burgers were vegan. Their options range from earthy grain and vegetable patties to “faux meat.” Each variety is different, so some are soy-free, some are gluten-free, and some are nut-free by ingredients. Amy’s runs a peanut-free and egg-free facility. See my review here.

Beyond Burger

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Beyond BugerVarieties: Original
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States, Canada

When I first posted this round up in 2014, Beyond Burger didn’t exist. Now it’s in nearly every grocery store! These are highly processed “faux meat” patties made with various extracted plant proteins, including pea protein.

Big Mountain Organic

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Big MountainVarieties: Original
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: Canada

This small company makes plant-based “meats” with whole food ingredients. These patties are made with a blend of peas (whole, not protein), sunflower seeds, chia seeds, rice flour, and other vegetables and spices.

Boca Burger

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Vegan Boca BurgerVarieties: Original Vegan, Original Turk’y, Original Chik’n, Spicy Chik’n
  • Top Allergens Used: Wheat, Soy
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

There are many vegan veggie burgers on the market, but this is one of the original “faux meat” burgers. Consequently, their ingredients are more on the highly processed side. Avoid the All-American burger, which contains dairy.

Bubba Burger

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Bubba BurgerVarieties: Original Veggie, Veggie with Beats, Veggie with White Beans, Latin Grill Veggie
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

Bubba Burger makes all types of beef burgers, turkey burgers, and vegan veggie burgers. At last check, all of their veggie burgers were vegan, and made with a wholesome base of beans and vegetables.

Deep Indian Kitchen

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Deep Indian CuisineVarieties: Veggie Masala
  • Top Allergens Used: Wheat
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

Deep Foods specializes in convenient Indian cuisine, and they have one veggie burger. It’s made with potatoes, vegetables, bread crumbs, and Indian spices, and it’s also sold under Trader Joe’s brand.

Don Lee Farms

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Don Lee FarmsVarieties: Better than Beef, Plant-Based, Chipotle Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Sunflower Seed Blend
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and other countries

This brand gets little fanfare, but they’ve been around since the 1940s. They make both meat burgers and veggie burgers, and their veggie burgers range from “faux meat” to plant heavy. They’re available in many mainstream grocers, including club stores.

Dr. Praeger’s 👍🏻

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Dr. Praeger'sVarieties: California, Black Bean Quinoa, Kale, Mushroom Risotto, Super Greens, Gluten-Free California, Heirloom Bean, Korean, Tex Mex, Asian, Bombay, Sweet Heat Beet, All American, Perfect Burger
  • Top Allergens Used: select varieties use Soy or Wheat
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

With fourteen varieties and counting, Dr. Praeger’s seems to be taking over the healthy vegan veggie burger market. They use mostly whole food ingredients, like grains, vegetables, and legumes. Even their newer “plant protein” and mock meat-style products are more natural than competitor products. See my review here.

Engine 2

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Engine 2Varieties: Pinto Habanero, Poblano Black Bean, Tuscan Kale White Bean
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States (Whole Foods exclusive)

Founded by famous firefighter Rip Esselstyn, this brand has a health-first approach. Their plant burgers are all bean-based burgers made with whole food ingredients you could find in any kitchen.

Field Roast 👍🏻

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Field Roast FieldburgerVarieties: Fieldburger
  • Top Allergens Used: Wheat
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States, Canada

Field Roast is the master of “wheat meat.” They even shared this vegan grain meat recipe with us, but I still prefer to just buy it. Their lone burger is made with vital wheat gluten, barley, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and more.

Gardein

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: GardeinVarieties: Crispy Chick’n, Ultimate Plant-Based, Ultimate Beefless, Garden, Chipotle Black Bean
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy, select varieties contain Wheat
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

Gardein is now part of mega-corp Conagra, but they’ve retained their plant-based ways. They offer both wheat-based and gluten-free vegan veggie burgers. The wheaty ones are focused on faux meatiness, and are made with wheat and soy protein. The gluten-free varieties focus more on whole food ingredients. For quick appetizers, they also make a few varieties of sliders, with vegan bun and all.

Gardenburger

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: GardenburgerVarieties: Black Bean Chipotle
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy, Wheat
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

This is one of the original mainstream veggie burger brands. Unfortunately, they use milk in their Original and Portabella varieties (which ar emade on the same equipment).

GoGo Quinoa

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: GoGo Quinoa BurgersVarieties: Quinoa
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Dry) In: Canada

This shelf-stable mix is made purely with organic gluten-free whole grains and spices, and is prepared with just water!

Hillary’s Eat Well 👍🏻

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Hilary's Eat WellVarieties: World’s Best, Fiesta Black Bean, Grain-Free Super Cauliflower, Adzuki Bean, Hemp & Greens, Root, Spicy Thai, Black Rice
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

These top allergen-free, gluten-free millet burgers are made with whole food ingredients. They’re a great option for people interested in the “veggie” aspect of veggie burgers.

Hodo

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Hodo Tofu Veggie BurgersVarieties: Tofu Veggie, Tofu Cajun
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States, Canada

These tofu burgers are naturally high in plant-based protein – no protein extracts needed. They also boast refreshingly short ingredient statements with vegetables and spices. Plus, they’re a good source of dairy-free calcium. Each patty boasts 25% of daily needs.

Impossible

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: The Impossible BurgerVarieties: The Impossible
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy
  • Sold (Refrigerated or Frozen) In: United States

This company targeted food service first, so your more likely to order their burger in a restaurant. But they are expanding into retail, and some companies sell them wholesale. These are purely mock meat-style with protein concentrates, binders, etc.

Lightlife

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Lightlife Plant BurgersVarieties: Plant-Based
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States

This is a “faux meat” style burger made with pea protein for protein levels that rival beef.

Morningstar Farms

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Morningstar Farms CheezeburgerVarieties: Vegan Meat Lovers, Veggie Lovers, Vegan Cheezeburger, Falafel, Tex-Mex, Spicy Black Bean (contains milk in Canada)
  • Top Allergens Used: select varieties use Wheat and/or Soy
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States

This brand has always been on the “faux meat” side of veggie burgers. Not all of their varieties are vegan (just the ones noted above in the U.S.), and all of their varieties in Canada contain milk.

Qrunch Organics

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Qrunch Organics Quinoa BurgersVarieties: Original, Spicy Italian, Green Chile, Saucy Buffalo
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States

These gluten-free, allergy-friendly, millet-quinoa burgers are made with vegetables, spices, and mostly whole food ingredients. They’re definitely grain and veggie burgers, with a hearty, earthy texture, but they taste quite good. See my full review here.

Quorn

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: QuornVarieties: Meatless Spicy Vegan
  • Top Allergens Used: Wheat
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, United Kingdom

Made with mycoprotein (fungus?), these controversial vegan burgers have been on the market for decades in Europe and several years in the U.S. But they are banned in Canada. Note that most of their burgers do contain dairy and egg, but not the “vegan” burger specifically.

Sol Cuisine

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Sol Cuisine BurgersVarieties: Portobello Mushroom & Quinoa, Sunflower Beet, Spicy Black Bean, Extreme Griller, Chickpea Sweet Potato, Lemon Dill Salm’n, Sprouted Quinoa Chia, Mushroom & Wild Rice
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy in select varieties (sesame is noted since sold in Canada)
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States, Canada

They combine whole grain and vegetable burgers with protein for their own spin. Some varieties lean toward veggie, while others are slightly on the “faux meat” side.

Sunshine Burgers

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Sunshine BurgersVarieties: Garden Herb, Quarter Pound, Black Bean South West, Barbecue, Falafel, Shiitake Mushroom
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Frozen) In: United States

The simplicity of this company is refreshing. They only make vegan veggie burgers – no other products – and they do so with minimalist ingredients. In fact, some of their burger varieties have just five ingredients! Consequently, this is a grain and veggie brand with naturally earthy textures and homemade flavors.

Sweet Earth

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Sweet Earth Awesome BurgersVarieties: Awesome, Mediterranean, Santa Fe, Teriyaki
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy, Wheat, Coconut
  • Sold (Refrigerated and Frozen) In: United States

This vegetarian company sells their veggie burgers in fresh and frozen formats, with the exception of the Awesome Burger, which is only sold fresh. This isn’t a strictly dairy-free brand, but all of their burgers appear to be vegan and made with “faux meat” appeal.

Tofurky 👍🏻

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: TofurkyVarieties: Original Plant-Based
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy, Wheat, Coconut
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States

This brand has been around for a while, but their vegan veggie burgers are new. This is a mock meat type of burger made with soy protein and gluten for higher protein and meatier texture.

Upton’s Naturals

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Upton's Classic BurgerVarieties: Classic
  • Top Allergens Used: Soy, Wheat
  • Sold (Refrigerated) In: United States

Upton’s makes a variety of meaty vegan products, but they have one lone burger. It’s a grilling type mock meat burger made with vital wheat gluten, eggplant, and tofu.

Vegan Burger

  • Vegan Veggie Burgers Guide (Brands and Recipes) Pictured: Vegan Burger MixesVarieties: B.B. & Ohh!, Vege Caliente, Veggie Six, Viva Italiano
  • Top Allergens Used: None
  • Sold (Dry) In: United States

This brand makes veggie burger mixes with oats, beans, rice, vegetables, spices, and simple “just add hot water” instructions. Since they are shelf-stable, you order them online and keep them stocked in your pantry.

Yve’s Veggie Cuisine

Their websites were down at our time of review, so we couldn’t complete this information.

More Store Brands

Major stores typically source the production of their private label brands from other companies. For example, Trader Joe’s Masala Burger is actually Deep Foods Masala Burger with the Trader Joe’s label and packaging. We’ve seen some vegan veggie burgers under the following store brands:

  • 365 (Whole Foods)
  • Greenwise (Publix)
  • O Organics (Albertsons / Safeway)
  • Simple Truth (Kroger stores)
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Wegmans
  • Wild Harvest (SuperValu)

Over 25 Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Plant-Based Veggie Burger Recipes with gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options

Over 25 Recipes for Homemade Vegan Veggie Burgers

All of the following recipes are dairy-free, egg-free, plant-based, and vegan-friendly! I’ve also added gluten-fee, nut-free, and soy-free notes next to the recipes, as applicable.

And don’t forget about the buns! My Speedy Homemade Hamburger Buns Recipe is ready in under an hour! They’re just like bakery fresh. If you need gluten-free, try my Skinny Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns Recipe. It includes an egg-free and vegan option.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

47 Comments

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

  2. 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!

  3. Cassidy Stockton on

    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).

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  5. 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

      • 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.

  6. 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. :/

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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..

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    • 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 🙂

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