I’m giving up trying to make them from scratch. They’ve all been a fail or just ridiculously labor intensive. I’m not a vegetarian so I’m not looking for meat analogues like Beyond Meat.
I don’t want to age myself but back in the day, the only veggie burger available in restaurants were the grain based Garden Burger which I quite liked. I’m looking for something like that. There are a few ingredients in Garden Burger original that upset my stomach, so that brand is out.
Not very fancy, but I like Morningstar Farms Grillers. I heat them in a few drops of oil in a pan with sliced onion and Hatch chilis which, with a little thousand island dressing, top the burger which goes on a toasted bun, cheese optional.
A few years ago I tried a lot of vegan/vegetarian burgers. I don’t know if they’re still available, but my favorite was MorningStar Spicy Indian Veggie Burger. Runner-up was Boca Original Vegan Veggie Burger.
I’m also a fan of the Boca burgers for a classic veggie burger. I know plant-based, faux meat is kind of a different animal, but I think the Impossible Burger patties are the best in that category. I can now find Impossible Burgers at a few of my local grocery options, including Costco.
If you are near a Trader Joe’s, you might want to check out the selection of veggie burgers in their freezer case. More variety than I can find at my grocery store. Other folks have already mentioned some of the TJ’s options in this thread. You could choose to fit your particular taste.
I don’t have a particular go-to I can recommend as I’m trying different ones myself.
If you’re not a vegetarian, why WOULDN’T you consider a meat analog burger? I like Boca Burger, but I LOVE an Impossible Meat burger. Pea-based Beyond Meat doesn’t fool me but no sooner did I taste my first IM burger than I forgot it wasn’t beef.
Years ago, my vegetarian daughter and I passed through Lawrence, Kansas, and had what we thought was the best veggie burger ever at a local place. Now you can buy Hilary’s veggie burgers frozen. They have several varieties, and one is called World’s Best!
Not the OP but I’m not a vegetarian and I love a good burger once in a while. I don’t eat veggie burgers to pretend I’m eating a hamburger, I eat them because they are (or can be) a low calorie option to put on top of a salad for lunch or a quick dinner on occasion. And I like them.
The one time I looked at the nutrition info on the Impossible burgers in the supermarket, I decided that if I’m going to eat something with pretty much the same calories/fat as a real burger, I might as well just eat the real burger when I want it and eat the veggie burger when I’m looking to keep my nutritional requirements in check.
I love those masala burgers but as a substitute for home fries. I know there are people who eat french fries between slices of bread, but the closest I come to a starch sandwich is leftover baked beans on a bun.
I do understand the starch on starch comment. Then again, what is a samosa but starch in starch? Or a pierogi for that matter. Or a potato vareniki. You get me It can be done as a wrap or protein style for less of the bready component.
To me, the difference is that a knish, samosa, or dumpling has a thin layer of starch encasing the tasty filling. Love them all! But a bun, roll, or two slices of bread really amps up the starch experience, and I find the aesthetics of white on white offputting.