Weekends for me in the summer means one thing and one thing only: GRILLING! Especially when having some good friends and family over. I love having a cookout and bringing my A-game, by grilling up some delicious juicy burgers. However, sometimes you gotta take care of the ones that aren’t fans of eating meat, and give them a vegetarian option.
I sometimes will do a vegetarian shish-kebab or some other grilled vegetables, but I sometimes I feel like I’m excluding them from the whole “burger” experience, I find that these MorningStar Farms veggie burgers are super simple to prepare, which gives you more time to put your own twist on them with some amazing toppings!
Is it bad that I can walk into any Target and immediately know which floor set up they’re using and pretty much find anything? I Never had been to this Target before, but it was identical to another Target by my house, so I know exactly where the “Meat Alternatives section was in their frozen aisle! Meat Alternatives is where you’ll be finding all the MorningStar Farms veggie patties I used for these sliders.
Just to give you an idea of what you can do with a veggie I put together a 3 slider sampler using some of my favorite spicy toppings, adding a little heat and flavor to these already delicious veggie burgers: California Veggie Slider with Jalapeno Ketchup, Mediterranean Chickpea Slider with Sriracha Hummus, and Southwestern Spicy Black bean Slider with a Cucumber Mango Salsa!
For this slider I used the MorningStar Farms Original Veggie burger, which tastes like your basic hamburger. My twist on this was to make a quick roasted jalapeno ketchup to spice things up and top it with some avocado, cheese and tomato. The ketchup really boosted the flavors and is probably my new favorite condiment!
This was surprisingly really good, as I thought hummus on a chickpea burger was going to be redundant but the Sriracha really came through! I used my simple 5 minute hummus and added some sriracha to it as a condiment for the MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burger that I used on this slider. Wow was it good!
Using this hummus with the burger and topping it with some cucumber and red onion was the twist this slider needed! If you have anyone you’re serving that loves Mediterranean, they’re going to love this!
If a taco had a cousin, this would be it! I made a fresh, fruity salsa with some heat by throwing together a quick cucumber mango salsa. It was the perfect topping on this MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger. It already has a nice spice to it with black bean and corn in the patty, I’m pretty sure I’ll be eating the leftovers in a taco form!
So take your pick! Or if you want to treat the family make all three and present it as a sampler! If you’re having a cookout it’s even easier, just have the toppings ready to go and have your guests put them together as you grill them!
MorningStar Farms is also hosting a Veg Of Allegiance Program, challenging everyone to pledge a number of meals without meat for one week, and offering prizes to anyone who pledges! I read good information on their site with reasons why to go meatless, stating how much water consumed to produce meat. Now, I don’t think I can ever go meatless 100% but living in water-starved Southern California motivates me to cut back on the meat to help save some water!
This meal is prep heavy, and cooking is the easy part. If you’re planning this for a weekend, prep the toppings ahead of time and store them away in the fridge! The servings of the toppings are more than enough for a family of 4, so you can get away with using some of the toppings for lunch. Prep the toppings for lunch and make a veggie wrap with hummus and the mango salsa in it. Serve the rest for your sliders!
While reforming the patties, keep a bowl of water next to you, keep your hands wet. This will help make the patties sticky enough so that they’ll keep their new shape as a slider burger. I found that pressing them hard into a meatball shape with wet hands allowed them to stick together well, then formed them into the patties.
These veggie burgers grill up just as a meat patty would! Cook for about 2 minutes on each side and you should have beautiful grill marks and flavor! Toast your buns and lay any cheese after the first flip – vegetarian cheese for that #VegAllegiance life!!! ????????????
How do you put a twist on your vegetarian options when grilling? I’d love to hear them!