Five Different Ways with Veggie Burgers!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 2, 2011

One of my favorite cooking experiments is to take a pretty simple/standard (boring) base, and dress it up with a bunch of different ingredients to make it feel fancy, gourmet and restaurant-quality! Last night, my husband and I were craving veggie burgers from our FAVORITE burger place in the Bay Area: Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers.

The unfortunate thing is, we don’t get to go to Barney’s often because it’s a pretty decent drive away from our house. So, I decided to bring Barney’s to us by “dressing up” the standard veggie burgers we buy: Gardenburgers. I actually LOVE Gardenburgers because they have a few different varieties – all with really wholesome and natural ingredients, and they have great nutritional stats: each patty is 100 calories and has 5g fiber and 5g protein. They also provide a great “base” for transforming the homemade veggie burger into something gourmet and delicious – in less than 30 min (which is the best part)!

So last night, I made two of the five versions I’m going to outline in this post – but while I was making them came up with three more ideas I thought I’d share with all of you! I’m going to combine the ingredients/directions in this post because it’s really standard to make (cook the veggie burger patty on the stove, toast the buns, and top with ingredients). It’s really about the variety you can get with these few basic ingredients.

Ingredients I used for my two versions (three additional versions at the bottom of this post)

Burger #1: The Sports Bar Burger: This is the burger I made for my husband.

Ingredients you’ll need: Whole Wheat Burger Buns, Gardenburger patties (original), grilled red onions, jack cheese (or pepperjack is ok too), Barbecue Sauce, Sliced Tomatoes, Baby Spinach or Romaine lettuce (optional)

Grill the burgers over medium heat with some cooking spray

While the burgers are cooking, grill the sliced red onions on medium to medium-low heat with 1 tsp EVOO

Once the patties are done, melt the jack cheese over the patty and the bottom burger bun in the toaster oven

Once the cheese is melted, pull the burger out of the oven and top with grilled onions

Then top with sliced tomatoes and baby spinach or lettuce (the spinach/lettuce is optional)

Spread 1-2 Tbsp of the BBQ Sauce on the other half of the bun, and finish your veggie burger. Enjoy!

Now, onto Burger #2: The Spa Burger: This is the burger I made for myself πŸ™‚

Ingredients you’ll need: Sprouted wheat bread or sprouted wheat burger buns, Gardenburger patty (original), 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Cheese (original/creamy swiss flavor), Sliced red onions, Sliced tomatoes, Baby spinach, Sprouts (I didn’t have these but I think they would taste really good in the burger), Organic Ketchup (optional), Salt & Freshly ground black pepper

Directions are the same as above: Cook the patty according to the package directions – on the stove with cooking spray, Spread 1 wedge laughing cow cheese on on slice of the sprouted wheat bread/bun, top with burger patty, top with red onions, tomatoes, spinach, sprouts, salt & pepper to taste. Serve with Ketchup if you like!

Here it is: the finished Spa Burger

It was sooo tasty, light and delicious! My husband also loved his version – he said it tasted exactly like Barney’s which was a HUGE compliment πŸ™‚ Now – for the fun part. Three other veggie burger variations, with the same base (whole wheat buns, Gardenburger original patty).

Burger #3: The Fiesta Burger: You’ll need — Whole wheat burger buns, Gardenburger original patty, guacamole or sliced avocado, pico de gallo, shredded jack or cheddar cheese, sliced red onions, baby spinach or romaine (shredded). Melt the cheese on the patty while you’re cooking it and top with the rest of the ingredients.

Burger #4: The Mediterranean Burger: You’ll need — Whole wheat burger buns (or you can even use whole wheat pita!), Gardenburger original patty, low fat or fat free feta cheese, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, diced red onions, and hummus (or tahini). Spread the hummus on the burger buns, top with patty, feta and rest of the ingredients.

Burger #5: The Grilled Veggie Pesto Burger: You’ll need — Sprouted wheat burger buns (or regular whole wheat is fine), Gardenburger original patty, 1-2 Tbsp Pesto, swiss cheese, grilled zucchini, grilled red onions, sauteed mushrooms, grilled peppers –You can basically use any combination of grilled veggies that you like. Spread the pesto on the buns, melt the swiss cheese over the patty, and top with grilled veggies.

I can’t wait to try these versions next week – if it goes well we might make one night each week “burger night” as long as I can keep inventing different varieties! What’s your favorite burger & toppings combination?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

happywhennothungry February 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

These veggie burgers look amazing! I love grilled onions and melted cheese on mine… yum!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Thanks so much!! Grilled onions are the best – they make the burger feel so much more hearty!


Sabrina February 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

mmmm these look wonderful! I love trader joes…I wish there was one closer to me!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Aww! Well the good news is – you can get all of these ingredients at just about any grocery store πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!


katreece February 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Looks great Anjali, love the grilled veggie pesto burger idea, will try ! yum yum !


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hehe thanks!! Hope you liked it when you tried it Katreece! πŸ™‚


Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel February 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

bbq sauce and cheese- definitely how i love my burgers too!! <3


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

That’s my hubby’s favorite combo too πŸ™‚


Comfy Cook February 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I appreciate your sharing the five different ways. Expanding my horizons.

I would love it, if you would include this on Let’s Do Brunch, linky.
Veggie Burgers are wonderful for brunch.


anjalim February 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Send me the link and I’d be happy to include it!


AS_11 February 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Very cool ideas! I will try the bbq sauce one, especially! I really like adding sauteed mushrooms (my fave), avacado slices, pico de gallo, or vegetarian chilli (sloppy joe style)– not all at the same time, but just some yummy ingredients to add.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Oh what great ideas!! I especially like the pico de gallo or veggie chili on top – can’t wait to try that next time!


mywanderingspoon February 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Nice…love the ideas….I like burgers with tempeh too…Did you check out Veggie burger place?


anjalim February 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

What’s veggie burger place? Is that another burger restaurant in the Bay Area? Let me know πŸ™‚


dakshachopra February 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This veggi burger is lovely i’m veggi and i love this all recipe i’ll definatley try this thanks for sharing.


Alissa February 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Mmmmm these look delicious! Way to get creative with the recipes, I’m definitely inspired πŸ™‚


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Woohoo! So glad to hear it!


Taryn Midkiff March 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

I made these burgers yeasterday!! and let me tell you yummy!! I did your spa burger – the only thing i changed was instead of laughing cow cheese I made an avacado spread!! It was really good!!!! I love all your recipes you haven’t let me down thus far, thank you! πŸ™‚


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Yayyy!! That’s so great!! Love the idea of the avocado spread btw – I’ll definitely be using that as a topping next time πŸ™‚ So glad you’ve been enjoying all of my recipes!!!


samara March 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

OMG!! I just tried the sports bar burger and it was DELICIOUS! Even my husband who is strictly carnivorous enjoyed it. Thanks!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Yay!!! I’m so glad to hear that Samara! πŸ™‚ That’s awesome that your husband loved it too – I’ve always thought that if you add enough spice, flavor, texture and heartiness to a vegetarian dish – that pretty much anyone (meat eaters included) will like it!


Barb Farr January 20, 2016 at 6:38 am

Where do you buy garden burgers?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

Hi Barb, you can get them at just about any grocery store! They’re stored in the freezer section – if you can’t find them at your local grocery store you should be able to find them (or a burger like them) at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Hope that helps!


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