Burgers are great for one big reason: protein. Veggie delivers, butturkey has more.
Turkey also has about twice the fat.
(…and saturated fat.)
Both boast comparable calorie counts.
Thank your lucky starches for all that veggie
Still, while turkey has no carbohydrates, veggie burgers have a
But they pack way more calcium
…and even eke out a win with iron.
vitamin C in veggie burgers helps you absorb all that iron.
Veg patties are full of bone-strengthening magnesium
And have more potassium.
But those patties can be major sodium bombs!
boosts your immunity, and turkey’s got plenty of it
You might not like all the cholesterol that comes with it,
Both are good sources of niacin, which may slash your risk for Alzheimer’s. Turkey has
the edge, though.
But veggie burgers have vitamin K, which helps your blood clot and may curb your heart
Turkey Burger: 5
WINNER: VEGGIE BURGERS
Veggie Burger: 11
BOTTOM LINE: If you don’t eat meat or can’t stand soy,
your order is easy. But listen up, omnivores: though both have their merits,
veggie burgers have the edge. Not only do they pack more vitamins, minerals,
and nutrients, but they also have reasonable cholesterol counts and plenty of
fiber. Just be sure to grab a brand with fewer than 300 mg of sodium.
TO BUY: Whether you go the turkey or veggie
route, you’ve gotta choose organic. Conventional turkeys are routinely plumped
up with antibiotics, and most non-organic soy is genetically modified. We
didn’t include buns in our analysis, but grab a whole-grain brand to get the
SO YOU KNOW: We used the National Nutrient Database
for Standard Reference from the USDA.