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Taste Test: Best Veggie Burgers

Veggie burgers make for a quick and healthy meal. But which ones taste best?

The Best Veggie Burgers continued...

5. Gardenburger Original

First 10 ingredients: Cooked brown rice, vegetables (mushrooms, onions), water, rolled oats, bulgur wheat (hydrated), cheddar cheese, wheat fiber, mozzarella cheese, and nonfat milk.

Nutrition facts:1 burger = 100 calories, 5 grams protein, 3.5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 14 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams fiber, 420 mg sodium; 4% DV vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 2% calcium, and 4% iron.

Comments: This is still Gardenburger's top-selling burger for a reason. It has the same great flavor and texture that helped define veggie burgers years ago. 

6. Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle

First 10 ingredients: Cooked brown rice, soy protein concentrate-hydrated, onions, black beans, corn, Anaheim chilies, soy fiber, high oleic canola oil, red bell peppers, and isolated soy protein.

Nutrition facts:1 burger = 80 calories, 5 grams fiber, 2.5 grams fat, 0 gram saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 13 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams fiber, 250 mg sodium; 6% DV vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 2% calcium, and 6% iron.

Comments: Really nice flavor if you're looking for a veggie burger with a kick. This is one of Gardenburger's most popular new flavors.

7. Gardenburger Portabella

First 10 ingredients: Cooked brown rice, mushrooms, onions, mozzarella cheese, soy protein concentrate-hydrated, rolled oats, oat fiber, spinach, salt, and wild rice,

Nutrition facts:1 burger = 90 calories, 5 grams protein, 2.5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 15 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams fiber, 360 mg sodium; 6% DV vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 6% calcium, and 4% iron.

Comments: Not for everyone. Though I love portabella mushrooms, I prefer the original Gardenburger to this one.

8. Morning Star Garden Veggie Patties

First 10 ingredients: Vegetables (mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, black olives), textured vegetable protein, egg whites, cooked brown rice, rolled oats, and corn oil.

Nutrition facts:1 burger = 110 calories, 10 grams protein, 3.5 grams fat, 0.5 gram saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 9 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 350 mg sodium; 4% DV vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 4% calcium, and 4% iron.

Comments: Tastes pretty good -- especially on a bun with some tasty condiments.

9. Vegetable Masala Burger (Trader Joe's)

First 10 ingredients: Potatoes, canola oil, carrots, green beans, water, bread crumbs, bell peppers, onions, corn, and salt.

Nutrition facts: 1 burger = 120 calories, 2 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 12 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 360 mg sodium; 8% DV vitamin A, 15% vitamin C, 2% calcium, and 4% iron.

Comments: Nice Indian flavor with "hot" spices, slightly oily texture. Serve this burger with high-fiber bread or bun to increase the fiber for the meal.

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