7 Totally Grillable Vegan Burger Recipes

It’s practically summer, and May is Barbecue Month. What better way to celebrate than with a roundup of the tastiest, meatiest, oh-so-grillable vegan burger recipes to put on the barbecue this weekend?

But first, a little hamburger history. It turns out, the hamburger as we know it today —the juicy grilled patty sandwiched in a bun and smothered in tomato sauce and melted cheese— didn’t start out like that.

[Watch] An Animated History of the Hamburger

Beginning in the 13th century, our favorite food went through several iterations in various parts of the world, including the U.S., before arriving at the version we all know and love. While it’s not clear who made the first hamburger, the world is nonetheless eternally grateful.

Grillable Vegan Burgers for Your Next Barbecue

You know what else the world is grateful for? Grillable vegan burgers. Vegan burgers are notoriously delicate. If they don’t crumble during cooking, they invariably fall apart when you bite into them.

As plant-based advocates, we’ve learnt to live with the quirks and foibles synonymous with vegan burgers. After all, it’s about saving the animals and the planet, right?

Well, yes, but why can’t you have both? Why can’t you eat compassionately and have a burger that grills up like a burger?

Thanks to the efforts of vegan food bloggers everywhere, now you can. These recipes all promise to be the ultimate, best-ever vegan burger. Normally, I’m skeptical of such lofty claims, but when I saw how they held up both on the grill and in the bun, I was totally won over.

1. Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers >> Minimalist Baker

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Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

As a longtime fan Minimalist Baker, I had to kick off my roundup with one of Dana’s recipes. Using a combination of rice, walnuts, beans and breadcrumbs for the bulk of the burger, she spices things up with vegan BBQ sauce and a blend of chili powder, cumin powder and smoked paprika.

2. The Best Ever Vegan Burger >> Tasty

3. The Ultimate Grillable Veggie Burger >> Le Petit Eats

Using chickpea flour as the binding agent, Denisse’s burgers are gluten-free and promise a flavor punch bar none. She didn’t have a video, but if the photos on her website are anything to go by you’re in for a satisfying burger treat.

4. Firm, Grillable and Totally Divine Vegan Burger >> Loving it Vegan

Alison’s super hearty burger gets its texture from walnuts, chickpeas, couscous, with a little wheat gluten (seitan) to hold it all together. I mean, it even looks meaty, don’t you think? Packed with protein, this is definitely one to showcase at your next barbecue.

5. Best Grillable Vegan Burger Ever >> The Cheeky Chickpea

Convinced that making a grillable vegan burger just wasn’t possible, Verna had all but thrown in the towel when she came up with these beefy puppies. Lucky for us, she made one last ditch attempt.

6. Grillable Veggie Burger >> Nutrition Refined

Petra’s goal with this recipe was to make a burger that wasn’t too dry or too mushy and, most importantly, didn’t fall apart. No easy feat. But skip to the end of the video and you’ll see that she more than succeeded. They held together wonderfully on the grill and didn’t mush out the sides of the bun when her “taster” took a bite.

7. Vegan ‘Pork’ Burgers >> Plant Based Gabriel

Growing up, pork burgers were a staple at Gabriel’s house. He decided to come up with a vegan version and from the look of things, he did a great job. Combining oats, beans and rice with maple syrup, he’s come up with a recipe that holds together nicely without the need for wheat gluten.

Tips to Make Your Barbecue Eco-Friendly

Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue. It’s the perfect way to hang out with friends and family. While it can be tempting to go the disposable route (no dishes to clean, no risk of breakage), hosting a “trash-free barbecue” is better for the environment.

If at all possible, skip the charcoal. The are a number of alternatives “that won’t pollute the air or make you sick,” according to Care2′s Diane MacEachern, such as solar, natural gas or propane. If you’re set on the traditional method, look for organic lump charcoal as it’s free from nasty additives, such as petroleum and nitrate.

There you have it. All that’s left to do is to fire up the barbecue and get grilling.

Take Action

Want to take your cruelty-free summer a step further? Speak out for farm animals! Join over 384,000 Care2 members and sign and share the petition to prevent farm animal cruelty.

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition, and use this handy guide to get started. You’ll find Care2’s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.


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Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin10 days ago

i never liked actual pork so i cant imagine eating a veggie burger that mimics it

hELEN hEARFIELD13 days ago


Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski14 days ago


Emma L
Past Member 15 days ago

Looks good. Thanks.

Janet B
Janet B15 days ago


Lisa M
Lisa M15 days ago

Really great! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace16 days ago

Thank you

Angela S
Angela K16 days ago

Thanks for sharing

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn16 days ago

Many thanks to you !

Danuta Watola
Danuta W16 days ago

Thank you for sharing.