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The $5 Freezer Find That I’ve Been Eating All Summer Long

published Aug 9, 2022
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Almost every evening in the summer, my husband and I sit outside on the patio as the temperature cools off. At least once a week as we linger in the garden, we grill veggie burgers to eat outside in the gathering darkness. After the burgers are crispy hot, branded with grill marks and tasting of smoke, we tuck them into buns and top them with tomatoes, onions, avocado, pickles, and mustard. For me, this is the pinnacle summer supper experience.

But this experience is only as good as the veggie burgers. We’ve tried lots of them over the years and our current favorite is Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burgers. We’ve been eating them on the regular for several months now.

Credit: Merlin Douglass

What’s So Great About Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burgers?

This isn’t a burger that imitates meat. Instead, these patties are made with nutritional heavy hitters like sweet potato, kale, and millet, which creates a mildly flavored burger with a nice, slightly chewy texture. They are satisfying yet light and have a short ingredient list consisting of things I can pronounce.

Buy: Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burgers, $5.49 for 10 ounces at Amazon

What’s the Best Way to Use Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burgers?

The mild flavor means they are incredibly flexible and pair well with bolder flavors. Whether you make a grill night of it or pan-fry a couple of patties for lunch, add-ons like onions and mustard are a natural choice. They’d also be great with some barbecue sauce and a slice of cheddar, or with a pat of blue cheese butter for a steakhouse-style option. This fall I might pair them with cheddar and chutney. Come winter, I might opt for pizza sauce and mozzarella.

You can also think outside the bun and crumble the patties for a taco filling or a nacho topping, or use them to make a burger salad. Their adaptability is part of their charm.

What frozen finds are you buying all year round? Tell us in the comments below.