Fast Food: Three Easy Veggie Burgers at Home

Fast Food at Home with Veggie Burgers

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When you’re lacking the right components for a super salad or don’t have the time to prep a nutritious meal for one, it’s tempting to dash past a drive thru or reach into the freezer for something fulfilling. But, please, put down that Hot Pocket. Convenience food does not have to be garbage, and these three frozen veggie burgers are a great base for fast food at home that isn’t just junk.

MorningStar Farms® Chik’n Patties: These veggie chicken patties are a delicious fast food dupe– the same faux chicken texture and crumbly breading, without meat! According to MorningStar, at 5g total fat per serving Chik’n Patties contain 64% less fat than actual chicken patties, which average around 14g total fat per serving. Chik’n Patties are great on a whole grain bun with spinach and horseradish, but sometimes I throw one on a plate and pair it with rice or dinner side dish leftovers, like steamed carrots.

Morningstar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers: These hearty burgers serve up tons of protein with a Tex-Mex twist. Made with roasted corn, brown rice, and chili peppers, black bean burgers have 73% less fat than regular ground beef. Pepperjack cheese, avocado, and chunky salsa top this burger beautifully, but I also like tart bleu cheese crumbles and earthy shredded beets.

Garden Burger Original Veggie Burger: One of the original veggie burgers, this classic is made from real vegetables and grains and tops out at 3 g of fat and 110 calories. This veg burger is really versatile, sometimes for a satisfying breakfast I like tossing it on a toasted English Muffin with an egg and a slice of cheese.

Aside from ingredients, two of my favorite keys to creating a seriously delicious sammich are a George Foreman Grill and Sriracha. It adds a little bit of time to process, but let the grill heat up while you chop veggies and it isn’t too much of a task. If you find a way to mess up your veggie burger concoction, cover that soy sandwich in hot sauce and chow down.

–Casandra Armour

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