The carnivore loves burgers. Who doesn't, right? When I first became a vegetarian burgers were the one thing I missed. I have tried many veggie burgers over the years and some of them honestly taste like cardboard. There is just no getting around it. So here is what I have learned...
First, I should say handmade veggie burgers are best. I have not mastered this art yet, but there are a few restaurants I frequent that make a mean veggie burger from scratch. And, just like all you carnivores out there I crave them from time to time.
Now, if you do buy frozen ones stick to either black bean burgers or regular looking patties. Steer clear of any strange teriyaki, hawaiian or italian flavors. They are usually just masking a bad burger. My favorite brand is Amy's quarter pound burger. They are huge - just like a real burger. I also like Morningstar Farm's black bean burger.
Here is the most important tip - don't grill the patty. I know this may seem counter intuitive, but the frozen patties don't have much fat in them (unlike a real burger) and thus dry out on the grill. It is better to put a little olive oil in a skillet and fry it. It makes the veggie burger sorta juicy - like the real thing.
Also, toppings and condiments are key. Even the bad veggie burgers can be made more tolerable with the right additions. Cheese is always tops in my house. Any kind will do - american, cheddar, provolone, gouda, etc. Anything to give the burger a bit more fat and taste. I also usually have lettuce, tomato and red onion available. Here is another trick - instead of the usual ketchup or mustard, I always add bar-b-que sauce to my burger.
Finally, don't forget the bun. Don't skimp here. A nice fluffy wheat bun is my favorite - the bigger the better. I like the fresh made ones I can find at the bakery section of my grocery store. And, they are always better toasted.
So, now you now how to make a frozen veggie burger more edible...maybe even a few carnivores out there will like to try it. Just remember this - it won't taste like a real burger, but it will be good in its own right.
On burger night in my house the carnivore heats up his beef or turkey patties on the grill while I make the veggie burger inside and prepare the toppings. We usually have fries or onion rings on the side. We finish the meal with thick slices of watermelon.