When it comes to making hamburgers, think beyond meat; broaden your definition of what a burger is, and suddenly there are endless ways to take the dish in a direction that goes far beyond the default of ground beef. Some of the most exciting versions are plant-based, and that doesn’t just mean popular stand-ins like wide-capped portobello mushrooms and black beans (although we love those). Next time you’re looking for a star burger recipe, consider humble ingredients like carrots, corn, farro, artichokes and more.
|Sweet Corn and Red Pepper Fritter Burgers
Although you can use frozen corn, these hearty, flavorful fritter-stuffed burgers are especially good when made with fresh kernels, so take advantage of the end of the summer corn season to make them.
|Black Bean Bruschetta Burgers
The best part of making this black bean burger recipe is that most of the ingredients—onion, egg, savory spices like cumin—are ingredients you likely already have on hand.
|Chickpea and Roasted Red Pepper Burgers with Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise
Sandwich your burger buns with a chickpea, potato and roasted red pepper patty for a Mediterranean flair.
|Miso Tofu Burgers with Sautéed Chard and Asian Mayo
For a heartier texture, this recipe calls for weighting tofu between plates to help remove some of the moisture. An umami-packed miso marinade adds an extra dose of meatiness.
|Falafel Burgers with Lemon-Tahini Sauce
In the Mediterranean and Middle East, falafel are often deep-fried and served alongside hummus and other meze, but in this recipe, they prove they’re a worthy burger filling, too. (Bonus: They’re pan-fried, which means they’re healthier!)
|Artichoke-Spinach Burgers with Tomato-Feta Topping
We all knew spinach and artichokes make for great dip, but someone made the genius decision to combine them with butter beans to form an excellent and vegetable-driven burger patty. A tomato-feta topping adds plenty of salt and acid.
|Portobello Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Tomato-Ginger Jam
If you’re in the mood for a mushroom burger, we insist that you try this rendition. The savory tomato jam and caramelized onions add a deep, complex flavor and stand in nicely for meat.
|Carrot Burgers with Farro and Curry Aioli
Grated carrots and sturdy, toothsome farro serve as the base for this innovative burger.