Before I became a vegetarian, I used to head over to the East Village to a place called Paul’s Palace down on 2nd Ave & St Mark’s Pl. I’m probably giving away my age, but this was at a time when the East Village was sprinkled with drug addicts and punk rockers, not a hipster in sight. Anyway, this was THE burger spot. This place served up any topping you could think of, all on top of a 1/2 pound burger. That was many moons ago. In fact, it’s rapidly approaching 25 years worth of moons ago. I only mention Paul’s Palace (I think it goes by Paul’s Da Burger Joint now) because over the years, it’s kinda sculpted the way I build veggie burgers. Because of Paul’s, there is no such thing as too many toppings… no such thing as a savory sauce that doesn’t belong. I’m talking so many toppings, you might have to eat this burger with a knife and fork. I still think y’all might be sleeping on me and my veggie burger craft. You hear me? I’ve even put grilled fruit on a veggie burger. What?! I know you hear me now!
Anyway, I rounded up some pretty unique veggie burger recipes for you. Some of these recipes will work even if you use store bought veggie burger patties. I kinda feel like the toppings make the burger anyway so you should still check these out. If you’re more adventurous, you should totally make the burgers from scratch. It’s so worth it. Just remember that veggie burgers are rarely the same consistency as meat burgers, so don’t feel bad if your homemade patties fall apart a bit. It’s the taste that matters and these are sure to please. You must try these!!!
1. Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
This is a meat and potatoes kinda burger. Comfort food fa realz. And fried sage leaves! Are you kidding me?!
2. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado Sriracha Aioli
You already know how I love me some sriracha. This burger does not disappoint!
3. Veggie Sliders with Blackberry BBQ Sauce
This is a recipe from Lightlife, using their Lightlife Original Smart Patties. Of course, for me, it’s all about the sauce.
4. Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Roasted red pepper relish?! Seriously, I don’t even need to convince you to try this one.
5. Tabasco Double Bean Veggie Burger
This is a fresh and spicy take on your run of the mill black bean burger. Take my word for it, you want to use fresh corn for this one!
I am always on the hunt for new and inventive veggie burgers! Do you guys have any suggestions? I’m all about those toppings yo!