BLE-Friendly Veggie Burger Brands

Notes on Veggie Burgers

  • All the burgers on this list are plant-based.
  • 4 oz of veggie burger equals 1 protein serving. Depending on the brand, sometimes this is more than one patty, sometimes this is exactly one patty, and sometimes this is less than one patty. Weigh before cooking or use the weight listed on the packaging.
  • Different brands of veggie burgers have different ratios of protein, grain, and veggies, but the reduction in the quantity from 6 oz (for a serving of beans) to 4 oz (for a serving of veggie burgers) accounts for this variation. You don’t need to worry about the exact composition and ratios of veggie burgers being perfect.
  • Some of these brands have a little bit of flour or sweetener, but all are after the first 3 ingredients. As always, know yourself and what can be triggering for you. Sugar and flour are marked with red in each of the ingredients lists below so that you can decide for yourself what allowances you are comfortable with.

BLE-Friendly Veggie Burgers

Engine 2 Plant Strong Burgers

  • Where to Buy: Whole Foods
  • Ingredients Lists:
    • Italian Fennel Plant Burger: Cooked brown rice, garbanzo beans, spinach, caramelized onion, red quinoa, roasted garlic puree, sundried tomatoes, fennel, ground flaxseed, toasted fennel seeds, thyme, sage, black pepper.
    • (Spicy!) Pinto Habanero Plant Burger: Cooked brown rice, pinto beans, collard greens, caramelized onion, corn, roasted red pepper, garlic, serrano chili pepper, habanero chili pepper, cilantro, black chia seed, chipotle chili pepper, coriander, cumin, sea salt, ancho chili pepper, black pepper, arbol chili pepper.
    • Poblano Black Bean Plant Burger: Black beans, cooked brown rice, tomatoes, rolled oats, poblano pepper, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, sea salt, cumin, coriander, black pepper.
    • Tuscan Kale White Bean Plant Burger: White beans, cooked brown rice, tomato puree, rolled oats, kale, garlic, roasted red bell peppers, flax seeds, sea salt, basil, black pepper.

Dr. Praeger California Veggie Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Check HERE for their store locator.
  • Ingredients Lists: they have a large variety of burgers, here are three examples:
    • California Burger: Carrots, onions, string beans, oat bran, soybeans, zucchini, canola oil, peas, broccoli, corn, soy flour, spinach, red peppers, arrowroot powder, corn starch, garlic, corn meal, salt, parsley, pepper
    • Heirloom Bean Burger: Adzuki beans, pinto beans, white northern beans, black eyed peas, kidney beans, cranberry beans, lentils, cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, brown rice, canola oil, potato flakes, carrots, celery, onions, kale arrowroot powder, salt, parsley, pepper, oregano
    • Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burger: Black beans, quinoa, red peppers, corn, canola oil, potato flakes, soy flour, onions, arrowroot powder, corn flour, salt, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, lime powder, tomato paste, chipotle powder

Hilary’s Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Check their store locator HERE. I’ve seen them in most natural food markets.
  • Ingredients Lists: 
    • Worlds Best Veggie Burger: Whole Grain Cooked Millet, Whole Grain Cooked Quinoa, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Sweet Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Onions, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Garlic
    • Adzuki Bean Burger: Whole Grain Cooked Millet, Adzuki Beans, Whole Grain Cooked Quinoa, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Onion, Sweet Potatoes, Mild Green Chilies, Salt, Psyllium Husk Powder, Arrowroot, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cumin, Garlic, Chili Pepper, Oregano, Lime Juice
    • Root Veggie Burger: Whole Grain Cooked Millet, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Salt, Mustard, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Paprika, Garlic, Psyllium Husk Powder, Apple Cider Vinegar, Arrowroot

Sweet Earth Veggie Burgers

  • Where to Buy: Check HERE for their store locator. I’ve found them in the natural foods section at Fred Meyers and New Seasons Market.
  • Ingredients Lists: 
    • Santa Fe Burger: Black beans, Vital wheat gluten, sweet potatoes, barley, brown rice flour, millet, corn, chili peppers, spices, carrot, quinoa, flax seeds, lime juice, onion, celery, soy sauce, nutritional yeast, hickory smoke, pumpkin seeds, canola oil, agave, water, cilantro, sea salt.
    • Teriyaki Burger: Avoid this one. It has flour as the third ingredient: sweet potato, vital wheat gluten, brown rice flour, edamame, soy sauce, brown rice, barley, carrots, sesame seeds, bell peppers, quinoa, onion, cane sugar, water, green onion, celery, flax seeds, sesame oil, spices, nutritional yeast, ginger puree, rice vinegar, sake mirin, seaweed, garlic.

Organic Sunshine Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Check out their store locator HERE.
  • Ingredients Lists: 
    • BBQ Burger: Avoid this one, it’s got sweet BBQ sauce.
    • Quarter Pound Original: Organic cooked brown rice, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic carrots, organic spices, sea salt.
    • Black Bean Southwest: Organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic cooked brown rice, organic carrots, organic cooked black beans, organic paprika, organic cumin, organic onion, organic garlic, organic green pepper, sea salt, organic cilantro, organic jalapeno pepper
    • Falafel Burger: Organic cooked brown rice, organic cooked chick peas, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic cooked yellow split peas, organic tahini, organic cumin, organic garlic, organic parsley, sea salt.


Field Roast Hand-Formed Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Most natural food stores or natural food sections. Check out their store locator HERE.
  • Ingredients List:
    • Vital wheat gluten, filtered water, organic expeller pressed palm fruit oil, barley, garlic, expeller pressed safflower oil, onions, tomato paste, celery, carrots, naturally flavored yeast extract, onion powder, mushrooms, barley malt, sea salt, spices, carrageenan (Irish moss sea vegetable extract), celery seed, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, shiitake mushrooms, porcini mushroom powder and yellow pea flour.

Amy’s Burgers

  • Where to Buy: Most natural food sections in large grocery stores or natural foods stores.
  • Ingredients Lists:
    • California Veggie Burger: Organic mushrooms, organic onions, organic bulgur wheat, organic celery, organic carrots, organic oats, filtered water, organic walnuts, wheat gluten, organic potatoes, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, sea salt, organic garlic.
    • Black Bean Burger: organic mushrooms, organic black beans, organic bulgur wheat, organic onions, soy flour, organic tofu, organic oats, filtered water, organic soy fiber, organic celery, organic tomato purée, organic carrots, organic tapioca starch, organic green chiles, extra virgin olive oil, organic corn, organic potatoes, organic green onions, sea salt, organic diced tomatoes, organic bell peppers, organic garlic, spices, organic cilantro, organic cornstarch, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic balsamic vinegar, organic jalapeño peppers
    • All American Veggie Burger: textured soy protein, organic onions, organic soy fiber, organic mushrooms, filtered water, organic wheat gluten, organic bulgur wheat, organic celery, organic carrots, organic walnuts, organic oats, organic bell peppers, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, sea salt, organic sweet rice flour, organic tomato purée, organic potatoes, organic garlic, spices, organic cane sugar, organic apple cider vinegar, organic blackstrap molasses, stoneground mustard, natural hickory smoke flavor, black pepper, clove oil.
    • Bistro Burger: Organic mushrooms, filtered water, organic brown rice, organic onions, textured soy protein, organic celery, organic carrots, organic tofu, organic sweet rice flour, organic pinto beans, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, sea salt, organic tamari, organic tomato purée, organic cornstarch, organic bell peppers, organic green onions, organic cane sugar, organic garlic, organic apple cider vinegar, organic blackstrap molasses, organic green chiles, black pepper, spices, vinegar, ground mustard seeds, natural hickory smoke flavor, organic cilantro.

Good Seed Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Stores that sell these burgers are listed HERE.
  • Ingredients List:
    • Original Hemp Seed Burgers: Millet, lentils, brown rice, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, carrots, beets, chia seeds, kombu, dulse orange zest, garlic, sea salt, non-irradiated herbs and spices.

Qrunch Quinoa Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Find a list of retailers HERE.
  • Ingredients List: (Note – these are grain-based rather than legume-based)
    • Quinoa Burgers: Water, millet, quinoa, coconut oil, onion, carrots, broccoli, spinach, apple cider vinegar, salt, arrowroot starch, psyllium seed powder, garlic, sunflower oil

Wildwood SproutTofu Veggie Burgers

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  • Where to Buy: Natural foods section of most large grocery stores. Store locator HERE.
  • Ingredients List: Tofu, soybeans, nigari (magnesium chloride, a natural firming agent) canola oil, onion, carrot, kale, tapioca starch, salt, garlic powder

Veggie Burgers to Avoid or Eat With Caution

The following brands of Veggie Burgers are more highly processed and contain sugar or flour. I will eat these on occasion (if there are no other options), but I have a preference for the less processed brands listed above.

  • MorningStar – DANGER! The first several ingredients are various types of flour.
  • Gardein Burgers – Nothing in the first 3 ingredients, but they are pretty processed and contain a fair amount of flour, sugar, and refined starches later on in the ingredients lists. Use at your own risk.
  • Gardenburger – Contains cane syrup and sugar, although not in the first 3 ingredients. I steer clear of them anyway because there are a lot of hard to pronounce ingredients. Use at your own risk.
  • Boca Burgers – No explicit sugar or flour, but highly processed. It’s hard to know exactly what is in these things. Use at your own risk.
  • 365 Everyday Value Meatless Burgers – Cane sugar is the 4th ingredient, and includes lots of highly processed soy. Use at your own risk.
  • Beyond Meat Beast Burgers – Delicious, vegan, and meaty, but highly processed. No explicit sugar or flour, but most of the ingredients are mysterious. Use at your own risk.

What brands am I forgetting? Leave a comment to let me know!

29 Comments

  1. Great info – thanks! What are your thoughts on the Gardein burgers?

     
    • Thanks Robin, I forgot about those! Just updated the post to include them. My thoughts are: No NMF in the first 3 ingredients, but they are pretty processed and contain a fair amount of flour, sugar, and refined starches later on in the ingredients lists. Use at your own risk.

       
  2. Thank you! This is great information considering that burger season is upon us and everyone is having picnics.

     
  3. What’s your favorite?? I’m curious!

     
  4. thanks for investing such a great amount of time on us…

     
  5. JJ Hoagland

    Hey there. I went to purchase some of these but my question is wheat gluten or rice or quinoa or millet or whatnot is that ok to have or too close to flour? Are some of those items considered breakfast and therefore not good to have for anything but breakfast? Just curious your thoughts.

     
    • Good question. Those are all considered grains. We have no problem with grains in BLE. It’s the process of grinding and refining grains and starches into flour that triggers our addictive brains. Wheat gluten is fine (unless you have gluten sensitivities), and whole grains are fine.

       
  6. Laurie Lay

    What do you think of the brand: Wildwood.
    I got them at the grocery store in Temecula called Organic Roots.

     
  7. Tracey Sutton

    What about corn meal?

     
  8. What about black bean burgers sold at Costco?

     
  9. First, thanks so much for your wonderful blog! You mention in this blog to weigh the burger before cooking. I thought that we should always weigh our food after cooking….
    Please clarify and thanks again for all you do.

     
  10. Hi – How is wheat gluten considered a BLE friendly food?

     
    • Hi Patty, we have no problem with wheat or grains here. It’s the process of grinding and refining grains and starches into flour that triggers our addictive brains. Wheat gluten is fine (unless you have gluten sensitivities). If you want to know more about the rationale check the frequently asked questions or write into support.

       
  11. What about Costco black bean burgers?

     
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  13. stephen schuety

    what about trader joe’s veggie burgers

     
    • I’ve never seen any vegan burgers at TJ’s, so I’ve never thought about it. It all depends on what’s in the ingredients list. Is there sugar or flour in the first 3 ingredients? If so, it’s a no. If it’s in later ingredients, it’s your judgement call.

       
  14. Elizabeth Diane

    Thank you so much for this. It is sooo helpful!!!! I’d like to know “your” go to homemade veggie burger.

     
  15. Is this acceptable? Earth Grown Vegan Veggie Burgers – sold @ Aldi Supermarkets: ingredients in order: carrots, peas, whole oats, zucchini, edamame, corn, string bean, spinach, corn meal, onion, potato starch, soy protein flour, chickpeas, dried onion, salt, canola oil, red peppers, broccoli, garlic, parsley. Calories: 90, Sat. Fat 0; Carbs 16; Fiber 3; Total Sugars 3; Protein 5g

     
    • Depends on what program you follow, you’ll have to look at the guidelines for your food plan. I’m not an authority. I would eat them but you’ll have to decide for yourself. Look at the guidelines at the beginning of this blog post.

       

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