8 Sizzling Burgers That Skip the Beef
From chicken to chickpeas, we’ve got you covered.
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Stuck in a burger rut? We feel you. That’s why we’ve rounded up a collection of alternative burgers that taste amazing without the beef. These eight recipes offer amazing ways to incorporate new flavors and ingredients into your dinner routine — and they’re all available on the Food Network Kitchen app! Cook along with chefs like Bobby Flay and Sunny Anderson as they prepare beefless burgers that are juicy, flavorful and oh-so-delicious.
Curry Pork Burgers with Spicy Ketchup (pictured above)
Sunny Anderson’s sweet-and-spicy burger is inspired by the street food she loved to eat in Germany. For the perfect texture and even cooking, she recommends bringing the pork to room temperature before cooking and taking caution not to overmix, which will create a dense burger that’s not as juicy.
No one does burgers like Bobby Flay — and we've got the recipes to prove it. He melts Swiss cheese inside a portobello mushroom cap, then layers each mushroom with a juicy turkey patty. Oh, and if you're just not in the mood for this patricular burger, don't worry. Bobby has 10 different burgers you can cook along with him as part of his Bangin' Burgers course.
For a great source of vegetarian protein, look no further than Catherine McCord's vegetarian burgers. Her easy chickpea patties are the perfect veggie burger to make in advance and freeze until the craving strikes. She stores them in a plastic bag for up to four months, then lets the burgers thaw in the fridge before frying. She likes to serve her burgers with Bibb lettuce and avocado, but the sky’s the limit with these plant-based wonders.
Think a chicken burger can’t be juicy? Think again. James Briscione simmers mushrooms in either wine or chicken stock, then combines the cooked mixture with ground chicken, eggs, breadcrumbs and seasonings. This ensures a burger that’s both tender and flavorful — especially after he tops them with Parmesan-broiled tomatoes.
You need less than 10 ingredients to whip up these quick and easy salmon burgers — and you probably have some of them sitting in the pantry already. Just a touch of miso paste and soy sauce will provide tons of umami-packed flavor that’s balanced by a pinch of zingy ginger. Alyssa Gargarin likes to use fresh salmon, but canned or frozen fish will work just as well.
Eliie Krieger knows all about healthy and delicious cooking and her feel-good turkey burgers are no exception. She stuffs her burgers with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, olives and mozzarella — just like your favorite antipasto salad. Once grilled, she tops each burger with a spread of tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Serve each patty on a whole-wheat bun or wrap in lettuce for a lower-carb meal!
Claire Robinson’s secret to ultra-delicious lamb burgers? Allspice. She says the seasoning is a secret weapon that makes savory foods, like ground lamb, sing. For even more flavor, she incorporates salty feta cheese into her burgers and tops each one with a lemony Tzatziki.
Guy Fieri fries oyster mushrooms until crispy, then tops each vegetarian patty with a crunchy slaw and scallion aioli. If you’re new to homemade veggie burgers, don’t be nervous — as Guy says, “Once you get a bite of this, it’s going to change your game.”
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