Don’t Forget Your Vegetarian Guests – Here’s the Grandaddy of Em All!

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Grilled Veggie Burger

Would you have known that this was a veggie?

Times sure have changed, haven’t they?  I can remember a time when a cookout meant hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, and watermelon.  And everybody pretty much ate everything served.  Fast forward to the present day and a grill man needs to be a little more sensitive to his guests’ diet.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m cool with that.  People like what they like.  The deal is, if you want to really be a quality grillmaster, then remember your non-meat eatin’ friends.  Here’s a grilled vegetarian dish that will keep ’em happy (and keep ’em coming back)!
What we are going to do is feed the vegetarians in your circle a good old fashioned burger – vegetarian style, naturally.  Hey, just because they don’t eat meat isn’t an excuse for them to miss out on a backyard cookout.  Personally, I consider this to be the new age classic.  Believe me, veggie burgers done right are really good.  The key is that you have to grill the right kind.

For the uninitiated, this can be trickier than it sounds, because there’s different types with different tastes.  You can find patties made out of chickpeas, soy, and then there’s the vegan stuff.  What I suggest is to find the burgers made with black beans.  I’m tellin’ you, those things are unbelievable!  If you can’t find those, then Boca patties are pretty good too.  With either kind you should be fine.

Now for the grilling part.  When you throw these on the grill, just remember that these things aren’t meat.  You’ll want to keep a closer eye on them.  In my experience, veggie burgers always cook faster than any meat (save fish).  You can also get away with cooking these puppies on the cooler portion of the grill, since medium heat works best for prepackaged patties.  If you decide to get adventurous and make your own (and this is a great way to do that), then you may need to cook ’em a little longer if you like big patties.  I know I do.

The key is to keep an eye on them to get a feel for their cooking time.  If you do them right, you could easily fool all of your friends into thinking that they’re eating beef and you’ll keep that vegetarian cousin of yours happy.  Pretty cool, right?

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