The truth is, this blogger goes meatless every day, not just Monday. I have nothing against meat, or meat-eaters, but what I do have a problem with is frozen veggie burgers. They are a sorry excuse for a burger and getting handed a gray, faux-meat patty is just about the worst thing that can happen to a vegetarian at a picnic. I’d much rather eat a plateful of picnic sides than a pretend burger. But burgers are the quintessential picnic food, and sometimes, when everyone’s piling the toppings onto their toasted bun, I want in too. Vegetable patties come in all forms — they can be elaborate and include different grains, spices, vegetables and beans packed into a burger shape, or be as simple as throwing a portobello mushroom cap on the grill.
So for Meatless Monday, Labor Day and neglected vegetarians everywhere, here’s a round-up of our best-ever meat-free burgers. Make one this weekend — you (and your guests) will be glad you skipped the frozen aisle.
Aida Mollenkamp’s “Girl Burger”
Michael Chiarello’s Grilled Portobello Mushrooms With Hummus and Feta Cheese
Bal Aaronson’s Vegetarian Burgers
Kelsey Nixon’s Stuffed Cheesy Portobello Burgers (pictured at top)
More Meatless Monday inspiration:
- Mark Bittman’s Zucchini-Pear Soup
- Kelsey Nixon’s Ratatouille Tart
- Kelsey Nixon’s Garden Vegetable Frittata
- Grilled Squash Quesadillas
- David Rocco’s Panzanella