Comparing veggie burgers can get a little confusing. Deciding which is the best burger for you will depend on your priorities. Are you looking for premium nutrition, a meaty flavor or a vegetable taste that still works well as a meat substitute? Here's a guide to the best of the major brands of meatless burgers.
Boca offers a variety of meatless burgers. If you're a vegan, your choice is limited to the Vegan or Original Vegan, made with non-GMO soy. All other options include cheese in their ingredients. Nutritionally, with 13 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and just 100 calories, the Vegan may be the best option, particularly if you are trying to lose weight.
For a palatable meaty flavor, try the All-American Flame-Grilled 10-ounce burger with 5 grams of fat, 14 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 120 calories.
If you prefer a hearty vegetable flavor, you won't go wrong with the Savory Mushroom Mozzarella vegetable patties, which have 110 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.
Morningstar Farms features 11 different burgers. The GrillersR California Turk'y Burger, which has 90 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of fat and 9 grams of protein, tops the dieter's list.
The Grillers PrimeR offers the meatiest flavor but is also packed with 170 calories, 17 grams of protein, a whopping (for veggie burgers) 9 grams of fat and only 2 grams of fiber. If you're dieting, you might have to control your portions.
For a tasty vegetable option that also scores well on the nutrition scale, try the Asian Veggie Patties with carrots, water chestnuts, celery, onion and bamboo shoots. They have just 100 calories with 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber.
With five varieties, Gardenburger offers the smallest product range of the big three veggie burger makers. The Veggie Medley and Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burger are both vegan, and the Original, Sun-Dried Tomato Basil and Portabella are vegetarian.
Nutritionally, all the burgers have 100 calories per serving. The Original and Black Bean Chipotle each contain 3 grams of fat, whereas the other options have 2.5. All but the Sun-Dried Tomato Basil have 5 grams of fiber. The Original and Black Bean Chipotle contain 5 grams of protein, the Sun-Dried Tomato Basil and Portabella options have 4 grams and the Veggie Medley has 3 grams.
If it's a meaty taste you want, the Original is your best bet, although it has more of a mushroom flavor than seeming truly meaty. If you're looking for a tasty burger that doesn't try to be something it's not, the Portabella is hard to beat.
There are, of course, other veggie burgers on the market, but these three brands consistently top taste tests and won't let you down.