Grilled Vegetable & Veggie Burger Naan-wich

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It’s summer! It’s hot! It’s grill time! It’s summer! It’s hot! It’s grill time! It’s summer! It’s…time for a summer-spired story ♪

As a vegetarian, I never used to be a big fan of grilling. Most of my friends never quite know what to do with me when it comes to the good ol’ summer BBQ: “You’re vegetarian,” they’d say, “but is sausage okay?” or “I know you don’t eat meat, but does fish count?”

These are legitimate questions, since there are a lot of different denominations of “vegetarian” floating around these days. For the record, I’ve been 97% meatless for going on four years now–the 3% I reserve for special cultural occasions in which family is involved, because there are just some traditions I’m not willing to give up. I eat eggs and consume dairy products, but about half of my meals are actually vegan (no meat, eggs, OR dairy), and later this month M & I are going to try a week of veganism together! All in all, I’ve learned a lot over the past few years about sustainable, nutritious eating, and I’m pretty satisfied with how far I’ve been able to come since I first laid my eager paws on Michael Pollan’s wonderful book, In Defense of Food.

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Luckily, as the years have gone by and our friend groups back home have expanded, we’ve introduced a few more vegetarians and vegans into our midst, which means that our gatherings are a lot more dietary-need-conscious nowadays. Most of the time we’ll opt for potlucks so that everyone can bring and enjoy something, which is fantastic because then our spreads end up looking like this:

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So colorful and fresh! I’d like to take partial credit for being a good influence 😉

Since I was traveling a lot and didn’t have much time to prep a dish, I decided to bring a good ol’ everyone-friendly veggie patty from one of my favorite go-tos, MorningStar Farms. I bought two of my favorite flavors: the original veggie patty and the spicy black bean patty. My friend (who’s in culinary school right now btw, nbd) helped me toss them on the grill and got a nice smoky crisp on the patties before piling up the patty with homemade tangy sweet slaw, grilled mushrooms, grilled zucchini, and some awesome garlic naan we picked up from our one stop at Target.

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So what happened with these awesome grilled vegetable & veggie burger naan-wiches? I won’t keep you in suspense–they were gone within five minutes of popping off the grill, and even the biggest skeptic in our group nabbed the other half of my naan-wich. Everyone loved how the chewy, crisp naan perfectly complimented the slightly spicy patties and sweet, cooling slaw, not to mention the subtle juiciness of the grilled veggies.

Verdict? Nailed it! Veggie cuisine ftw, everybody. Boo-yeah.

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For a student like myself, summer’s such a great time to really slow down and make every gesture a meaningful one. As I continue my exploration of the world of sustainable eating and farming practices, I’m open to learning about new opportunities and great new ways to stay connected with communities of like-minded friends & strangers. Whether you’re a long-time vegetarian or just considering making an impact on the world around you, it pays to be aware! One other reason I’m excited to be sharing MorningStar Farms with you today (besides the fact that it makes meatless DELISH) is that they’re helping spread awareness through MorningStar Farms’ and the Veg of Allegiance Program, where you can pledge to go meatless for as many (or as few!) meals a week as you want and even get prizes for doing it. I think it’s a really cool way to get your feet wet if you’re looking for better, more sustainable ways to live! The Choose Well section at Target’s a good place to start looking:

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 May your summers be off to a mindful start! What will you do to be more mindful of your eating habits this summer? Let me know in the comments! <3


Grilled Vegetable & Veggie Burger Naan-wich

Grilled Vegetable & Veggie Burger Naan-wich

This is the ultimate vegetarian grilling recipe! These naan-wiches are made with veggie patties and a sweet homemade slaw that offers a terrific change of pace from your usual BBQ fare.


For the sweet slaw:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced into short strips

For the naan-wich:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil (as needed)
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 4 small portobello mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 Morningstar Patties, you choice (I used Spicy Black Bean)
  • 4 pieces garlic naan


For the sweet slaw:

  1. Combine mayo, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over cabbage and toss until everything is thoroughly coated. Allow slaw to sit in fridge for at least 8 hours before serving on your naan-wiches.

For the naan-wich:

  1. Fire up your grill. Drizzle olive oil over sliced vegetables and grill until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, heat up your Morningstar patties and naan (until just toasted) on the grill as well.
  3. Remove everything to a large plate. Lay out half a piece of naan, then top with a patty, slaw, grilled vegetables, and second half piece of naan. Repeat with remaining ingredients, and enjoy!



16 Replies to “Grilled Vegetable & Veggie Burger Naan-wich”

  1. We love meat, but could easily be vegetarians — so many of our meals are meatless. Or at most, use meat as an accent, not as a centerpiece. Happy to have the choice, though! Anyway, I’d definitely enjoy this veggie burger. That slaw looks awesome! Thanks so much.

    1. I love how balanced everything in your household always feels, in terms of cuisine. Thanks a bunch, John!

  2. I LOVE MorningStar Farms Veggie Burgers! Only thing I might love more is having them in a “naan-wich” – with that delicious sweet salw! Love your pictures Ala!

    1. Oh hooray, stuffing naan with anything is always a great option, right? But these veggie burgers in particular! I hope you’re having a swell week, Shashi!!

  3. Whoaaaa….congrats on being 97% meatless for 4 years…quite a journey and I need to follow your footsteps. It does take a determination to do so. This naanwich sounds incredible and I love every bite of grilled veggies. Sounds yum!

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! I think you do a wonderful job of it if you wanted to give it a shot. It’s personally easier for me because I’m not a big fan of meat anyway, but I think that the parties are definitely a good way to transition if you’re considering it 🙂

  4. haha yes I hear you! We vegetarians have to face such questions a lot… I remember once someone asked you are a vegetarian but u eat seafood right? Right, I didn’t know what to say! lol love the name naan-wich, hearing for the first time! and grilled veggies are totally my thing! YUM!

    1. Aww, it’s always so nice to talk about these issues with fellow vegetarians, Manali! You totally understand what I’m going through hahaha 🙂 sometimes I just stare at the person (if I know them well enough) after they ask a question like that until their eyes widen and they go, “Oh, whooooops,” and we both laugh. Most of the time, fortunately, it doesn’t bother me, but it’s pretty funny the types of assumptions that others make about what it means to be vegetarian! Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  5. This looks awesome, thanks for sharing, and it sounds like you and your friends had a good time. ^_^
    You need to try Veganaise from Follow Your Heart and Gardein’s Crispy Orange Chick’n. So good.

    1. Totally noted, Tifa–omg, that sounds sooooo good, thanks for the recommendations! I hope you’re having a wonderful start the weekend! <3

  6. Big meat eaters in my household, it would actually be difficult to turn that around too. These veggie burgers however will go a long way to changing that tho. 🙂

    1. hahaha I hope so, Anna! Whoo!

  7. These look like the perfect combo of healthy and delicious, with some summertime thrown it. I do love grilled veggies – this is going on my must-try list!

    1. Yes, most definitely, Kate–thanks so much! Have a lovely weekend!

  8. Yay for grilling season 🙂 This naan-wich looks fantastic! Love grilled veggies!

  9. LOVE the idea of a “naan-wich”! I need to try this.

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