This vegetarian mainstay of the grilling season is certainly convenient. But are frozen veggie burgers as healthy as they seem? Most are low in calories and have at least 3 grams of fiber. Yet they’re not all so innocent. We recommend looking for veggie burgers with 400 mg of sodium or less and at least 5 grams of protein per patty.
Brands We Like: We sampled a variety of burgers and flavors to find ones that topped out on taste and health. Three of our favorites were: Sol Spicy Black Bean (vegan, gluten-free), Amy’s Bistro Veggie Burger (gluten-free) and Morningstar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea.
Check the Ingredient List: Some brands have a long list of ingredients that you wouldn’t find in a homemade version. For the cleanest burger, look for one with ingredients you recognize.
Be Sodium Savvy: Many veggie burgers can boast 500 mg of sodium. Sandwich your burger in a bun and top it with classics like ketchup, cheese and pickles and you’re looking at half a day’s worth of sodium.
Get Your Protein: When you opt for a veggie burger over meat, it’s typically the main source of protein at your meal. Look for one with at least 5 grams of protein (10% of the recommended daily value). Most burgers get their protein from beans and soy (often listed as textured vegetable protein).