Love it, Like it, Hate it: Meatless Burgers for Lent

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Love it, Like it, Hate it:  Meatless Burgers for Lent

 Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, and for many, that means many meatless meals.  And veggie burgers are a popular meat substitute, but many have way more carbs & sodium than a regular burger, with minimal protein.  In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, wee’re Getting the Skinny on the top picks and worst bets to guide you through the Lenten season.  


·        Protein is key for feeling fuller, longer, plus maintains and builds muscle mass

·         Look for veggies burgers with at least 15 grams of protein and less than 7-10 grams of carbs




Veggie Burgers (The following have 2-3x more protein than carb):

·         Morningstar Farms Grillers Original

·         Boca All American Classic Made with Non-GMO soy

·         Boca Original Vegan


Salmon, Tuna, or Mahi Mahi Burger – Fresh or frozen

Homemade meatless burgers – delicious recipes from Matthew Kadey, RD, nutrition writer and recipe developer, and author of Muffin Tin Chef and The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook.

·         Asian Tofu Burgers with Chili Lime Pineapple

·         Lentil Goat Cheese Burgers with Spinach Pesto

·         Quinoa Kale Burgers with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce




Morningstar Farms Grillers Vegan Burger

·         100 calories, 12 grams protein, 7 grams carb (4 grams fiber)

·         It’s pretty good, but not as good of a protein:carb ratio as the ‘Love it’ options.


Portobello Mushroom

·         Low in carbs and calories, but minimal protein. Best with reduced-fat cheese, egg, shrimp or crabmeat.





Each has ~3x as much carb as protein. None are ‘bad’ options; they’re made primarily with veggies & whole grains, but doesn’t provide the protein that many need & are looking for from meat replacements.


Amy’s Bistro Burger

110 calories, 5 grams protein, 15 grams carb (2 g fiber)

Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger

110 calories, 5 grams protein, 13 gram carb (4 g fiber)

Gardenburger Original Veggie Burger

100 calories, 5 grams protein, 18 grams carb (5 g fiber)