It happens every time: you get all the stuff you need for a cookout, then a vegetarian RSVPs, sending you back to the store to grab veggie burgers. And unless you know your stuff, you probably just stare at the selection, grab one randomly, then rush out and half-heartedly hope your friend is happy.
Thing is, once upon a time, veggie burgers didn't taste so good. Hell, many of them still don't But these days, some are fantastic enough that you might eat one yourself (after a few real ones). So what do you buy? Well, we went out and grabbed the major-brand burgers, grilled them up, and ranked them. You're welcome, lone vegetarian.
Editor's Note: We selected the most widely available veggie burgers on the market. If a brand didn't sell a basic version of its burger (like Dr. Praeger's, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods), we selected another variety. We aimed for a mix of what you'll find in healthy grocery chains like Whole Foods and your neighborhood supermarket chain.