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Heather Hands, a registered dietitian and blogger at Flourishing Foodie, soaks dry chickpeas overnight, which allows them to retain their crisp and crunch in recipes. The patties are cooked in vegetable oil and topped with pepper jack cheese, arugula, red onion, and a tangy sauce and served alongside homemade chips.
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Elizabeth Stark and Brian Campbell emphasize seasonal, sustainable ingredients on their blog, Brooklyn Supper, where they showcase this unique patty made with humanely raised, locally sourced grass-fed beef, served on a brioche bun with a pile of quick-pickled shallots, chive blossoms, and lemon aioli.
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Natural foods chef and blogger Jodi Moreno of What’s Cooking Good Looking recommends this tasty, flavor-packed beet and faro burger with chimichurri yogurt sauce that’s equally delicious served on a bun or nestled inside a pita. Both the patties and the chimichurri can be made in advance, making these a great option for group gatherings.
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Inspired by a Cuban-style sandwich, Brooklyn-based blogger Sydney Kramer of The Crepes of Wrath layers a grass-fed beef burger with ham and Swiss cheese and then adds some grainy mustard and plenty of pickles.
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We love how Ashley Melillo describes her recipe on Blissful Basil, her plant-based food blog: “Satisfying and heart-warming in that summery, sun-doused kind of way.” Portobellos are marinated in balsamic vinegar, tahini, olive oil, shallots, garlic, and chives before they’re grilled, crowned with vegan blue cheese and red onions caramelized in coconut oil, and served on a toasty bun.
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Blogger Elizabeth Van Huffel of Local Savour focuses on seasonal, farmers’ market-inspired recipes. She combines fresh ground turkey, crunchy kale, and cheese to make these lightened-up sliders, and then she tops them with a creamy, homemade mango sriracha sauce for a sweet and spicy kick.
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Cauliflower lightens up these herby, falafel-inspired burgers from Kate Taylor of vegetarian food blog Cookie and Kate. It’s combined with quinoa and oats to form the base of these egg-free, vegan, and gluten-less burgers, which are pan-fried and served on a bun or a salad.
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Stephanie Le from I Am A Food Blog loves her burgers and her buns super simple, but there’s nothing boring about these beef sliders. After stuffing some cheese into the patties and charring in a cast-iron pan, she turns up the heat with a spicy sauce made from charred jalapeños.