The 4th of July is just a few days away! For Americans this holiday represents the epitome of summer barbecues; hot dogs and burgers, fireworks, scorchin’ hot weather, melting popsicles, and running around bare footed. It’s personally one of my favorite holidays all year! There’s amazing food, family, friends, and celebrating our nation’s independence.
For your backyard barbecue, you’re probably highly likely to cook meat of some sort. Afterall, most people in the US eat meat. In fact a recent study by Forbes found that the average American eats over 200 lbs of meat every year — that’s a lot of meat! For people with specific food preferences like vegans and vegetarians, finding something to eat at a typical 4th of July barbecue can be really difficult.
Today, we’re sharing our favorite vegan veggie burger recipes so all your vegan and vegetarian family and friends can enjoy the 4th of July barbecue too! And, people who just want to cut down on their meat consumption (200 lbs worth!) may like this alternative burger option too.
Our article The DIY Vegan Veggie Burger: Perfect for Your Next BBQ has all the details. Whether you’re a meat-eater to the core or you prefer more veggie-based burgers, you’re sure to love our vegan veggie recipe below.
Check it out!
Homemade Grilled Veggie Burger
This recipe comes from the wonderful minds over at Minimalist Baker and is truly revolutionary in terms of a DIY veggie burger. Why, you ask? Because a veggie burger is made from combining several ingredients and are therefore typically extremely fragile. Grilling a homemade veggie burger is almost unheard of because they would normally fall apart while grilling. Alas, Minimalist Baker found a solution to this problem! Check out the recipe and drool-worthy pics below.
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 Tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil, plus more for cooking
- 1/2 white onion, finely diced
- 1 Tbsp each chili powder, cumin powder, and smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more for coating burgers
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans*, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3-4 Tbsp vegan BBQ sauce
For full directions, check out the entire recipe from Minimalist Baker!
Beet Red Veggie Burger
Want to create a beautifully crafted burger that tastes as good as it looks? Then look no further than the Beet Red Veggie Burger recipe from the wonderful people over at Love and Garnish. This red beauty combines shiitake mushrooms, beets, and tofu with loads of spices and seasoning to make a delicious veggie burger. The best part about it? These burgers are packed with natural sources of protein and fiber. It’s as healthy as it gets! Eat with buns for more standard July 4th cuisine or use lettuce wraps to be even more health-concious.
- 3 cups shiitake mushrooms
- 2 cups shredded beets (approximately 3 medium beets)
- 1 egg, beaten OR 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ package of smoked tofu (approximately 110 grams)
- ½ cup crumbled tempeh
- 3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos or Tamari (if you can’t find either of these, soy sauce will work)
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon toasted and ground fennel seeds*
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 pinches of salt + few cracks of pepper
- 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1 sundried tomato, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 4-5 buns or lettuce for lettuce wraps
For full directions, check out the entire recipe from Love and Garnish!
Vegan Falafel Burger
Last but not least, we’re featuring an all-time favorite veggie burger — the Falafel! Now, falafels aren’t really burgers, but they sure can be! The traditional Middle Eastern cuisine is made from crushed chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), and several seasonings like cilantro, lemon juice, and chili powder. As if that wasn’t enough to get your mouth watering, this tasty vegan falafel burger recipe from Chow Hound features greek yogurt, tomatoes, and lettuce! Eat with a bun for an American burger-style or eat with a pita in a more traditionally falafel way. Either way, you’ll love sharing this delicious meal with your friends and family.
- 1 1/2 cups dried garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas
- 1/2 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
- 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
For frying and assembling:
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 brioche or hamburger buns (see Game Plan note), split
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 6 tablespoons tomato jam (optional, see Game Plan note)
- Lettuce leaves
For full directions, check out the entire recipe from Chow Hound!
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