The 4th of July Meal I Never Thought I Would Have

Being a vegetarian can be tough during BBQ season.

Many times I just bring my own veggie burger with me to parties, because I don’t want the host to worry about me, plus I’m  very picky with the type of veggie burger I eat. Some of them taste too much like meat and I won’t eat them.

When I decided to start eating gluten free when possible, I was totally bummed all my favorite burgers had wheat/gluten in them. I figured I would have to just start making my own, or suck it up and eat the ones I liked only once in a while.

So, I’ve been eating the ones I like, but just without a roll since I couldn’t find gluten free ones I liked. My theory is less gluten is at least somewhat better.

Yesterday while doing my “stock up on Trader Joes stuff” trip, I found Udi’s Whole Grain hamburger buns, which weren’t just useless carbs, but instead had 6 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. I was ecstatic.

Little did I know that more than 5 hours later the real excitement would come.

I had gotten off the Northway around Malta to pick something up at a pet store and saw there was a Price Chopper. Since I was already stopped I figured it was just easier to grab what I needed there, and that’s when I found it — Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger. A gluten free, dairy free, soy free veggie burger!

There are one or two brands of gluten free veggie burgers that I have tried, but they taste horrible. In general, Amy’s brand is really good, so I had high hopes for this.

It didn’t disappoint. The outside grilled a little crispy and the inside was just perfect balance of soft, but not mushy. The “hamburger buns” were good, too. They were a little dry, but tasted like you would want a whole grain bun to be. They would actually make a great dinner roll.

There is nothing better than a grilled veggie burger topped with caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, spicy mustard and melted cheese on a soft bun — especially when you are in a rush for a quick dinner. I knew if I took the time to make my own, I could still enjoy a gluten free, vegetarian version of this, but I never ever thought I would find a commercial one I like. The Amy’s burgers say they are new, so I hope I’ll be find them in a lot more stores!

Do you have a favorite veggie or gluten free burger?

One thought on “The 4th of July Meal I Never Thought I Would Have

  1. I haven't tried the Amy's veggie burgers yet, but now I might have to. We tend to eat the Morningstar Farms black bean ones and also the pizza ones, which are delicious! Do you have a recipe for the ones you make yourself?
    (Coming from the LBS tea party)

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