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 TWELVE FIFTEEN varieties, all made without a drop of milk or speck of cheese. They’re even egg-free and vegan-friendly.
Tasting Notes for Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers
All of the Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers that we’ve tried 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. And we have actually tried a couple of them in a bun.
Super Greens Veggie Burgers (gluten-free)
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. 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, etc. I even paired them with a flavorful Provencal mustard on lettuce veggie burger bites. The only downfall is that these patties are quite soft in the middle.
Ingredients: textured pea protein, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, expeller pressed canola oil, swiss chard, onions, apples, kale, spinach, cooked quinoa (quinoa, water), potato flakes, water, parsley, arrowroot powder, ginger, rice starch, garlic, oat fiber, sea salt, spices, cayenne pepper powder
Nutrition (per burger): 160 calories, 8g fat, 11g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 10g protein.*
Kale Veggie Burgers (gluten-free)
These trendy gems were released just before the summer of 2014, and they have become a staple in the veggie burger world. 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. 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 ever-present and tasty, but not the least bit bitter. As a fan of vegetables and whole grains, I truly enjoyed these patties.
Ingredients: kale, pea protein, expeller pressed canola oil, water, spinach, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, red peppers, water chestnuts, potato flakes, cooked quinoa (quinoa, water), cooked brown rice (brown rice, water), zucchini, broccoli, arrowroot powder, rice starch, cooked millet (millet, water), oat fiber, garlic, spices, sea salt.
Nutrition (per burger): 150 calories, 8g fat, 11g carbs, 6g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 10g protein.*
California Gluten Free Veggie Burgers (gluten-free)
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.
Ingredients: carrots, onions, string beans, oat bran, zucchini, expeller pressed canola oil, peas, spinach, corn, broccoli, red peppers, arrowroot powder, corn starch, corn meal, roasted garlic, sea salt, spices.
Nutrition (per burger): 120 calories, 6g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 3g protein.*
Tex Mex Veggie Burgers
My first experience with Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers was the Tex Mex variety, which I discovered at Trader Joe’s. I love how many vegetables they pack into these burgers! And you can see them – whole little bits of vegetables and black beans are visible throughout. The Tex Mex 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.
Ingredients: black beans, carrots, onions, string beans, oat bran, corn, expeller pressed canola oil, soybeans, zucchini, red peppers, peas, broccoli, soy flour, spinach, water, arrowroot powder, jalapeño peppers, garlic, spices, chili powder (chili pepper, salt, garlic, cumin, spices), corn starch, corn meal, sea salt. contains: soy.
Nutrition (per burger): 130 calories, 6g fat, 14g carbs, 6g fiber, <1g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 5g protein.*
Black Bean Quinoa (gluten-free)
I decided to pick up a new-to-me flavor when Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers were on sale locally. The Black Bean Quinoa had more protein than the other options, so I picked that box. Like some of their other burgers, this one cooks up a bit soft. I recommend frying it in a pan for the best results. It tastes a little bread-y, but I liked it. It had a nice savory flavor, with a hint of spice, and a lot of bean, corn, and grain interest going on.
Ingredients: cooked black beans (black beans, water), cooked tri-color quinoa (quinoa, water), water, red peppers, corn, expeller pressed canola oil, potato flakes, soy flour, onions, arrowroot powder, masa flour (corn flour, lime), sea salt, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, garlic, chili powder (chili pepper, salt, garlic, cumin, spices), tomato paste, chipotle chile pepper powder. contains: soy.
Nutrition (per burger): 150 calories, 7g fat, 16g carbs, 7g fiber, 1g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 5g protein.*
More Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers
- Chipotle Black Bean
- California Veggie Burgers
- Mushroom Risotto Veggie Burgers
- Heirloom Bean Veggie Burgers
- Korean Veggie Burgers
- Asian Veggie Burgers
- Bombay Veggie Burgers
- Sweet Heat Beet Veggie Burgers
- All American Veggie Burgers
- Perfect Burger
- Perfect Turk’y Burger
Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are made in their dairy-free facility. They also shun nuts:
We do not have any peanuts or tree nuts in our manufacturing facility.
My photo of the Super Greens Burger!
The Facts on Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers
Price: $4.99 per 10-ounce (4 patty) box
Availability: Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are available in the freezer section of Sprouts, Kroger stores, Albertsons stores, Publix, Whole Foods, and other natural food stores.
Certifications: Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are Certified Vegan, Non-GMO Verified, and Certified Kosher Parve. Select varieties are Certified Gluten-Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are also gluten-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free.*
For More Product Information: Visit The Dr. Praeger’s website at drpraegers.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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I have been very surprised at how much I like both the Perfect Burger and
Perfect Turk’y Burgers. They do lack that “WOW” factor of having a rich and meaty taste, but the texture is close to being perfect for my taste. When you add pickles, mustard, onions, and cheese, it makes for a great alternative for cutting back on meat during lent or for other reasons. These are not soft, mushy, or veggie tasting at all. I would buy them again.
My favorite veggie burger brand
I love the ingredients they use, the flavors they create, and the overall taste of these veggie burgers. They are usually quite soft, so not very grill-able (though I’ve read their “Perfect” line is), and they tend to smoosh as you eat them, but I don’t usually have them in a burger bun anyway. They also tend to go on sale quite often, making them one of the more affordable brands.