The fourth of July weekend is the quintessential time to serve fun and flavorful outdoor meals. Vegan burgers make the perfect centerpiece for a nutritious and delicious celebratory menu!

These 15 fabulous burgers were created by talented plant-powered chefs, along with a few fan favorite burgers from my cookbooks and television series. I hope a few of these jazzylicious recipes will become the star of your festive menu this summer.

Wishing you a happy, healthy July 4th weekend!

Mushroom-Nut Burgers
When paired with a whole-grain bun, my Mushroom-Nut Burger recipe has a hearty texture and robust taste that stands in magnificently for the meat-based version. Perfect for an outdoor summer meal!
Rockin’ Black Bean Burgers
Hearty black beans, walnuts, and rolled oats combined with some snazzy spices create this vegan Rockin’ Black Bean Burger recipe that stands front and center for an easy and satisfying family meal.
Red Lentil and Quinoa Burgers
These yummy Red Lentil and Quinoa Burgers from Nava Atlas are easy to make, tasty, and economical. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.
Umami Shiitake Burgers with Shiitake Aioli
Chickpeas and mushrooms join forces to create supple yet sturdy patties that are bursting with an intense depth of savory flavor. This burger created by Hannah Kaminsky is sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites!
Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers
These simple, flavorful Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers from registered dietitian nutritionist, Sharon Palmer, are vegan and can be whipped up in a jiffy. If you want to make them gluten-free, just swap out the breadcrumbs for gluten-free breadcrumbs, and you’re good to go.
 Hungry Guy” Burgers
My “Hungry Guy” Burgers have become a real fan favorite, packed with hearty black beans, spicy salsa and rolled oats. Plus, these burgers are quick to prepare and jazzylicious. Now everyone’s happy! Photo by Annie Oliverio.
Sunny Black Bean Burgers
My Sunny Black Bean Burgers bring a ray of sunshine to your table, with protein-rich ingredients like black beans, sunflower seeds and walnuts. A cross between a hearty burger and flavorful paté, these patties prep for the oven in less than 10 minutes, making them an ideal option for a casual weekday meal.
Spicy Bean Burgers 
These Spicy Bean Burgers from Jenn Sebestyen are simple to prepare and they hold together well. Serve them on a bun and load it up with your favorite toppings.
Spicy Sorghum Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
Based on the power of black beans, whole grain sorghum, bell pepper, almond flour, and spices, these Spicy Sorghum Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers from  Sharon Palmer shine with flavor and nutrition. You can customize your level of heat in the recipe.
Red Bean Burgers 
Standing in beautifully for a traditional burger, Red Bean Burgers feature satisfying red beans – along with oats, whole-grain bread crumbs and shredded zucchini – enhanced with snazzy spices! These moist and delicious vegan burgers make a hearty entrée for a July 4th meal.
Pulled Mushroom Barbecue Sandwiches
These delicious Pulled Mushroom Barbecue Sandwiches from Dianne Wenz will get the mushroom haters’ seal of approval, but you can make them with thinly sliced seitan instead of mushrooms if you like.
Artichoke Spinach Cauliflower Bean Burgers
These grill-able burgers from Richa Hingle are easy and great for summer. The beans get all mashed up, the cauliflower, carrots and cashews, and the mustard just makes it awesome!
 Vegan Curried Chickpea Burgers
These curried chickpea burgers from Nava Atlas are infused with great flavor and are so easy to make. Serve on buns with your favorite accompaniments, or just pop one or two on top of a green salad.
Not-So-Crabby Cakes
My Not-So-Crabby Cakes with Classic Cocktail Sauce make an appetizing first course or main dish for any special meal, served with a zingy sauce on the side. For a July 4th gathering, serve ‘em on a bun with your favorite burger sauce, and you’re good to go!
Vegan Sausage Hoagie Sandwich
While my Italian-Style Sweet Peppers with Vegan Sausage Hoagie Sandwich is not a burger, it has a colorful presentation and authentic Italian-American taste! It’s a true crowd-pleaser to serve at any summer family celebration.

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