Veggie Burger Roundup + Review

Lifestyle, Living, Main Dishes, Nutrition

Veggie Burger Standoff: A dietitian's guide to choosing the best veggie burger!

With a world of veggie burgers to choose from at the grocery store, making a decision can feel like Mission Impossible. We tried and tested 19 veggie burgers (yes, 19), and compared their taste, nutritional information, and how well well they hold up on the BBQ.  Basically, we ate our weight in veggie burgers to save you from doing the same.  Consider this your complete guide to veggie burgers whether you’re an avid meat eater, new vegetarian, or have sworn-off meat for life.

I remember when I was in university and there being ONE option for a veggie burger at the grocery store (it was Money’s Mushroom Burger… and it was really good for the record). With an increase in demand for more plant based options times have certainly changed.  You’ll now find oodles of options for veggie burgers at every grocery store, and the category is expanding by the day.

Veggie Burger Standoff

Veggie Burger Standoff

So, what is a person to do with all of these options?  We decided to eat our way through the veggie burger aisle and in the end, broke the burgers into 2 categories: traditional veggie burgers and those that are trying to replicate the experience of eating meat.

The truth is, people eat veggie burgers for different reasons.  Some people choose them because they don’t like the taste of meat, others are trying to make healthier options while a growing number of people are trying to make a more ethical decision for the sake of the animals or our planet.

We included a little summary of each burger below including if they are vegan and/or gluten free, some tasting notes, how they held up during cooking and some key nutrition takeaways.  If you are looking for more detailed nutrition information we included a chart that breaks it down further even down to the cost per burger and if it is certified gluten free or just labelled gluten free (note: the price listed was what we paid for the burgers, this may vary)!

Veggie Burger Standoff

While there was a lot of variation among the burgers, we found that every veggie burger we tested was better when pan fried vs on the BBQ – the burgers were more moist and held up a bit better.   That being said, all but one held up on the BBQ.

Though we would have loved to try every flavour variety in each brand family we simply ran out of belly (and freezer) room! We picked what we thought would be the most popular flavour out of the ones available.

Scroll down to the bottom for our top pick from a nutrition angle and our first choice (with a runner up) from a taste perspective!

“Meat-Like” Veggie Burgers

These burgers resemble the texture, and to some degree the taste, of a ‘real’ burger.  These burgers are typically more processed than the traditional veggie burgers listed in the next section. They also tend to contain more protein and fat compared to the traditional veggie burgers and more closely resemble the nutrition profile of a meat burger (usually).  All that being said, if you are looking for a true burger experience these are your best bet!

Veggie Burger Standoff

Yves ‘The Good Veggie Burger’
  • great texture, slightly chewy
  • bit of thinner patty compared to some others
  • close resemblance in texture to meat
  • widely available (often in the produce section) and one of the lowest costs out of all the burgers
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has only 100 calories, 2 grams of fat and 13 grams of protein and 2 grams fibre (vegan)

Beyond Meat Veggie Burger Standoff

Beyond Meat Burger
  • exceptional taste – easily one of our favourite veggie burgers we tried!
  • very moist, a thicker patty and most closely resembled a traditional meat hamburger patty
  • we found it in the meat aisle: it was the most expensive out of all of the burgers
  • Nutrition Notes: nutrition profile similar to a meat burger with 270 calories, 18 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), 2 grams fibre and 20 grams of protein (vegan and gluten free)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Field Roast Company Hand-Formed Field Burger
  • extremely flavourful, moist and chewy
  • bit of a thinner patty
  • great meat-like texture
  • Nutrition Notes: nutrition profile similar to a meat burger with 290 calories, 16 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), 3 grams fibre and 25 grams of protein (vegan)

Veggie Burger Standoff

President’s Choice Beefless Undeniable Burger
  • resemblance the look and texture of a real beef patty
  • perfect size for a hamburger bun
  • tomato flavour undertones
  • Nutrition Notes: nutrition profile similar to a meat burger with 250 calories, 14 grams of fat (5 grams saturated), 2 grams fibre and 27 grams of protein (vegan and gluten free)

Veggie Burger Standoff

President’s Choice World’s Best Meatless Burger
  • firm large patty that holds together well
  • texture less grainy and meat-like than the others, more like firm tofu
  • Nutrition Notes: nutrition profile somewhat similar to a meat burger with 260 calories, 12 grams of fat (2 grams saturated) and 29 grams of protein but very high in sodium with 640mg per burger 

Veggie Burger Standoff

Yves Veggie Chick’n Burger
  • we found that it had a soy flavour (not a bad thing)
  • appearance similar to a chicken burger
  • widely available (often in the produce section) and one of the lowest costs out of all the burgers
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has only 100 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 390 mg sodium and 13 grams of protein and 3 grams fibre (vegan)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Sol Cuisine Extreme Griller Burger
  • chewy with a smoky flavour
  • satisfying, great alternative to meat
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has only 90 calories, 4 grams fat, moderate sodium (240mg), 4 grams fibre, 10 grams protein (vegan & gluten free)

Veggie Burger Standoff

“Traditional” Veggie Burgers

These burgers tend to be made from grains and/or vegetables, tend to be less processed and have a more distinct plant-forward flavour.  As such they tend to be higher in fibre but often lower in protein.  These burgers don’t pretend to be meat – they own their veggies!  It’s a different experience altogether but they are super satisfying and delicious in their own unique way.

Veggie Burger Standoff

Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Quinoa Burger
  • great flavour with a simple ingredient list
  • traditional veggie burger in texture
  • Nutrition Notes: Each patty has 140 calories, 7 grams of fat (.7 grams saturated), 7 grams fibre (good), moderate sodium (280 mg) but lower protein (5 grams) than many other burgers (gluten free and vegan)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Amy’s California Burger
  • similar to a veggie burger you would make at home; simple ingredient list
  • starchy and earthy
  • tastes rich with pronounced mushroom flavour
  • Nutrition Notes: Each patty has 150 calories, 5 grams fat (.5 grams saturated), 4 grams fibre (moderate), 500 mg sodium (a bit high) and 6 grams protein (vegan)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Gardein Veggie Burger
  • not similar to a traditional burger
  • distinct vegetable flavour with a grain-heavy texture
  • very satisfying!
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 120 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 330 mg sodium, 3 grams fibre, 4 grams protein (vegan)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Original Wild Onion NutBurger
  • very flavourful… we all loved this one!
  • slight crunch from the nuts, crispy outside; a little crumbly
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 340 calories (highest of them all – nuts are energy dense), 28 grams fat (2.5 grams saturated), 300 mg sodium, 4 grams fibre, 11 grams protein (organic)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger
  • spicy!
  • southwest flavours (would be great with avocado and piles of cilantro!)
  • grainy and chewy
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 130 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 220 mg sodium, 6 grams fibre, 9 grams protein

Veggie Burger Standoff

President’s Choice Lentil, Bean, Quinoa Burger
  • strong cheese flavours
  • perfect diameter to fit a bun with a thick patty
  • grainy and softer texture
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 200 calories, 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 390 mg sodium, 8 grams fibre, 8 grams protein 

Veggie Burger Standoff

President’s Choice Portobello Swiss Burger
  • strong mushroom flavours
  • very soft (not our team’s favourite burger from a taste perspective, but other people have commented that they love it so it is very subjective!)
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (3 grams saturated) and 17 grams of protein but very high in sodium with 570 mg per burger (gluten free)

Veggie Burger Standoff

VG Artisan Veggie Burger
  • lots of black beans with a slightly acidic taste
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 180 calories, 6 grams fat, 280 mg sodium, 9 grams fibre, 8 grams protein 

Wholly Veggie Burger

Wholly Veggie Curry
  • not similar to a traditional veggie burger or meat patty
  • very starchy
  • reminiscent of samosa filling
  • would be great with chutney and pickled onions
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 120 calories, 3 grams fat, 210 mg sodium, 3 grams fibre, 7 grams protein (gluten free)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Big Mountain Food Original Veggie Patty
  • visible veggies: you can taste the peas
  • not satisfying as a burger but a great veggie heavy option!
  • good flavours
  • Nutrition Notes: Each patty has 230 calories, 10 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 135mg sodium (low), 13 grams fibre (high) and 12 grams protein (vegan and gluten free)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Qrunch Organics Quinoa Burgers
  • very heavy on the quinoa – super grainy
  • didn’t hold up great on the BBQ
  • would be good as a salad topper
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 140 calories, 4 grams fat (2.5 grams saturated), 240 mg sodium, 4 grams fibre, 4 grams protein (vegan)

Veggie Burger Standoff

Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burger
  • A bit on the dry side and quite grainy
  • Not our team’s favourite but taste is very personal!
  • Nutrition Notes: each patty has 190 calories, 7 grams fat (5 grams saturated), 350 mg sodium, 4 grams fibre, 4 grams protein (vegan & gluten free)

You can find a full breakdown of nutritional facts and product information here in a table.

The Results

We loved the amount of diversity among these different burgers! While every burger had it’s own strengths, we’ve chosen our favourite for taste and crowned a winner for the most nutritious.

Best taste for ‘Meat Like’ Burger:

Beyond Meat Burger

Runner up: Field Roast Veggie Burger

Best Taste for ‘Traditional’ Veggie Burger: 

Original Wild Onion Nut Burger

 

Most Nutritious Burger*: 
(*criteria: less than 250 mg sodium, 1 gram saturated fat and over 5 grams fibre per patty):

Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean

 

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28 Comments on “Veggie Burger Roundup + Review”

  1. Erin

    Crazy the varied calories! Haven’t cooked the Beyond ones ourselves yet, but like at A&W. have Praegers in our freezer, I love them! Can’t wait to try the Impossible burgers whenever they arrive in Canada… ppl report they are even better tasting than Beyond! (Burger King is going to use Impossible I believe). Thanks for such a thorough review- whew, you and your team must be veggie-burgerrd-out!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Haha thanks Erin! It was so much fun and super interesting to taste them all side by side, I’m glad this is helpful! Have a wonderful long weekend! Tori

  2. Ingrid

    Yay!! Veggie burger post 👏
    Thank you SO much for helping me navigate the world of veggie burgers. Making my own veggie patties is fun and always an experience/experiment (lol) in texture -your description and breakdown with flavour suggestions – love it!
    ….busy family and three growing boys to feed means ready made veggie burgers are a necessary indulgence and quick go to meal!
    AND It also helps our friends “try” veggie meals.
    FieldRoast 🌟 Sol 🌟
    Thank you again !
    Ingrid ~ Vancouver Island Courtenay BC

  3. Nazare

    Thank you for helping me with the hard decision of making the right choices. Your information is very helpful and made my life easier 🙏

    Thank you
    Nazare

  4. Judy Lazar

    Thanks Tori – great review. I eat a dr Praegars almost everyday for lunch. Easy quick but definitely need to switch it up. So happy to see so many different and great options. Veggie burgers can be topped with so many interesting things. Nice to get the family away from deli meats!

  5. Jackie

    You have no idea how excited I am for this. I’ve eaten my weight in veggie burgers through the years and now it’s over!! Thanks to you I can figure out what flavour we want and invest. I can’t tell you how many abandoned boxes of veggie burgers I’ve had in my freezer through the years!! Thanks for this. I can’t wait to try the nut burger, I agree the beyond meat is something so new to veggie burgers and what’s not to love about finally having a juicy veggie burger that doesn’t fall apart. Thanks again, have an amazing Canada 🇨🇦 Day!!
    Jackie (from Ontario)

  6. Jay

    In Ontario they recently started carrying MorningStar & Sol Burgers at Costco which has made me very happy!!

    Excited that Morningstar came in as the most nutritious

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Melanie – I would say that the Presidents Choice rice and black bean one was fairly close in texture and the Nutburger was too but it was very nutty. I miss them too!

  7. Jackie

    Sorry Tori…interesting read, valuable info, but this old Alberta senior likes the real thing. So to speak. I love your blogs and Instagram, but veggie burgers……nope.
    Hope you and Charles have a great family weekend…..Happy Birthday Max🎈…..and a BIG congrats to Charlie….you did it! 👍🏻💙💙

  8. Laura

    What’s funny is I’ve tried only a handful of burgers and the ones you picked for top choices are the ones I really enjoy! Seems like I’m not missing out on the best option out there. Thanks for doing this, it was very interesting reading this!!

  9. Leslie

    Thanks ,Tori and team, for all that research. I have always liked a veggie burger and now LOVE the Beyond Meat burger too. Just cooked them a couple of days ago. The real test is that my husband also liked them. I’m wondering about what I’ve heard/read about processed soy products – that it is not so healthy to eat “processed” soy. Tofu and edamame, soy ( in its real state) is best. As a breast cancer survivor I try to be aware.

  10. Karen

    Oh I’m so thankful that you did this! I’m lost in the veggie burger aisle because I never know which one to get! One of my homemade faves is in the Whitewater cookbook BUT it makes my husband’s sugars sky rocket so we don’t make them often!

  11. Shelley

    So funny! We did burgers las5 night and included the Beyond burgers option for a vegan friend, while everyone else ate the regular meat burgers. She went wild over the beyond burgers, to the point where she made the meat burger guests try the veggie burger… it was a hit with everyone. So funny this review came out day after! The beyond burger was outstanding…and we BBQ’d!

  12. Elli

    Great post! Love the Beyond Meat burgers and the Morningstar Farms spicy black bean burgers (had one last night!). Would love to try Field roast veggie burgers and Wild onion nut burgers. They sound delicious. Are they available in Kelowna & the Okanagan?

  13. Lynette A

    Recently at a BBQ and had one made by Kirkland from Costco. It was either the Harvest or Garden Burger. Other than homemade Kirkland rocked it. I do have a pack of the Yves chicken burgers in fridge and looking forward to trying them. I have become a lazy vegetarian. Lol

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