Many of my friends who are not vegan, always ask me what is a veggie burger made of? So, I decided to write up a blog post of what ingredients are actually in some of the veggie burgers I eat so that you will also know what is exactly in them.
My post will clear up some of the most common questions about veggie burgers.
Such as, are veggie burgers really healthy for you to eat? How much protein is in each veggie burger? Who are veggie burgers for? And, where can you buy the best-tasting veggie burgers from?
What Is A Veggie Burger Made Of?
As you know, a veggie burger is a burger that does not contain any animal meat.
Instead, the main ingredients that go into a veggie burger are mostly made of, beans, soybeans, tofu, nuts, grains, seeds, or fungi such as mushrooms and mycoprotein.
The thing is, not all veggie burgers are made exactly alike. Some brands contain milk and soy, and others are completely vegan and made without milk ingredients.
However, most veggies burgers contain many all-natural healthy ingredients such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds, mushrooms, coconut oil, vegetable protein, and beet juice.
It’s always best to always read the ingredients label on each veggie burger package to ensure it’s exactly what you’re looking for.
I have no preference other than it being meatless. I eat them all the time at home and in restaurants. I really like knowing that they are made from wholesome good food without saturated animal fats.
I often eat my veggie burgers on large romaine lettuce leaves instead of hamburger buns. This is a great way to add more veggie goodness without the unwanted extra carbohydrates and calories that we get from eating bread.
Now let’s see how good veggie burgers are for you to eat?
Are Veggie Burgers Good For You?
I believe they are very healthy overall!
As long as you are not allergic or sensitive to some of the brands that contain milk ingredients and or soy ingredients.
Plant-based burgers also contain many vitamins and nutrients such as potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, B Vitamins, fiber. They are surprisingly a great source of protein too (more details about how much protein you will get in each veggie burger below).
They do, however, contain more sodium than a regular meat burger but way less saturated fat.
- 1 veggie burger patty contains approximately 400 mg of sodium or more, and a 4-ounce beef burger only contains approximately 80mg of sodium. But on the other hand…
- 1 veggie burger patty only contains 1 gram of saturated fat compared to a beef patty that contains approximately 6 grams or more of saturated fat.
Now, that’s not all burgers, of course, as they really are all prepared so differently. Whether they are meatless or not, all of them are prepared in so many different ways. Some contain more sodium than others, and some even contain wheat and or soy ingredients.
So, if you want the healthiest burger on the planet, it’s probably best to always make it yourself with all-natural ingredients and spices to your liking.
If you rather buy store-bought meatless burgers, just read the labels before buying them to ensure all the ingredients in them are okay for you to consume.
I don’t make homemade veggie burgers because I know I can buy one of these 3 of my favorite brands, as they already taste delicious.
How Much Is Protein A Veggie Burger?
Meatless burgers do contain high amount of protein.
- A 4-ounce veggie burger can contain up to 29 grams of protein, depending on its brand, whereas a 4-ounce meat burger contains approximately 27 grams.
As you can see, we do get a great amount of protein from plant-based burger patties!
One of my favorite plant-based burger brands, PC The World’s Best Meatless Burgers, contains a high amount of protein. It offers a whopping 29 grams of protein per 1 burger.
Another brand I love to eat is made by The Very Good Butchers, and it contains 21 grams of protein per 1 burger. More details on where you can find both of these brands below.
Always check the ingredients label first to see how much protein is in the veggie burger you’re buying, as some of them do contain more protein than others.
Who Are Veggie Burgers For?
Veggie burgers are for;
- Anyone looking for a plant-based burger made without high saturated fats.
- Anyone who prefers more plant-based products to protect our environment.
- Anyone interested in trying to lower their calorie intake and possibly even lose weight.
- Anyone who wants to increase their daily value of vitamins and minerals that you won’t find in regular burgers such as potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
Where Can You Buy The Best Veggie Burgers From?
3 of my favorite go-to veggie burgers are;
- The Beyond Burger – You can buy this brand at many fast-food restaurants in Canada and the USA, such as A&W, TGI Fridays, Del Taco, Dunkin, and retail outlets such as Target, Walmart, Costco, Safeway, Giant, Sprouts, Publix, and Ingles. Beyond burgers are mostly water, pea protein, rice protein, canola oil, coconut oil, and many good-for-you ingredients.
- PC The World’s Best Veggie Burger – This is a Canadian-made veggie burger patty sold in any grocery store that sells President’s Choice products. The PC brand is made of water, modified milk ingredients, soy protein, onions, canola oil, etc. These wouldn’t be best suited for vegans as they contain milk ingredients. PC veggie burgers contain 29 grams of protein per 1 burger.
- The Very Good Butchers – This company is based out of British Columbia. It offers a monthly subscription where you can get one of the best veggie burgers around and many different plant-based types of meat, including bbq ribs, pepperoni, sausages, taco meat, etc. My friend recommended them to me a few months ago. She is 100% vegan, and both she and her boyfriend eat all their plant-based meats every day. These are the best overall, and I highly recommend them. The Very Good Burger contains 21 grams of protein per patty.
You can read what ingredients are in each of these 3 delicious burger brands right here, as well as where you can get them?
Have you ever tried a veggie burger before? What did you think of the taste? Do you have a favorite brand you like to share with us?
Please, kindly share your experience in the comments below:)