FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Meatless Monday -- it's actually a thing! Twenty-five percent of Americans say they serve veggie burgers more than once a month --and many eat them several times a week.
Consumer Reports put 17 veggie burgers to the test.
There were some surprising findings, like the fact that not all veggie burgers are low in calories. While Lightlife Smart Patties have only 100 calories each -- every Sunshine Burger has 360!
But many are tops for nutrition and taste.
- If you like your veggie burgers to resemble meat, MorningStar Farms Grillers Original come closest to the taste of a regular burger, with 130 calories.
- Boca All American Flame Grilled burgers actually do taste grilled and a little cheesy, with 120 calories.
- If you prefer the taste of grains, seeds, and veggies, Amy's California Light-in-Sodium burgers have just 110 calories and big mushroom and nutty flavors. They have half as much sodium as the regular version and are equally tasty.
Consumer Reports didn't factor protein into its nutrition ratings because most Americans get plenty. But vegetarians might be surprised to find that some of the veggie burgers contain as little as four or five grams.
Among those Consumer Reports recommends, both the MorningStar Farms Grillers and the Boca All American Flame Grilled have 15 grams of protein each.