Whether you're a vegetarian or just like the taste of veggie burgers, there's no denying they are pretty handy to keep in the freezer. A few minutes in the microwave, and you have a solid snack. However, when it comes to making a meal, they can be kinda lacking on their own. Luckily, it only takes a few extra ingredients to upgrade these frozen faves into a full-on dinner. Use one in a salad or bowl, or build a healthy burger using fresh veggies and salsa/guac/all the good stuff. You're about to look at veggie burgers in a whole new way.

Fajita Veggie Burger Bowls

This perfect summer salad is packed with roasted eggplant, zucchini, squash, and onion, plus sweet red peppers cooked in a little olive oil over the stove. If you can't find sweet peppers, regular red bell peppers work too.

Try it with this burger: Hilary’s Black Rice Burger

Veggie Burger With Avocado Tahini Cream

Avocado, tahini, lime juice, and salt make the best creamy sauce to top a veggie burger. Add the burger and avo spread to a bun with tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles.

Try it with this burger: Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger

Cucumber Feta Greek Veggie Burgers

When you're craving a gyro, try this easy at-home version instead. Start with a chickpea-based veggie burger, then mix together Greek yogurt, chopped cucumber, dill, garlic, and feta to make a spread, and layer on a bun with lettuce and tomato.

Try it with this burger: Morningstar Mediterranean Chickpea Burger

Barbecue Black Bean Burgers

Upgrade a spicy veggie patty with mashed avocado, barbecue sauce, red onion, and a pinch of salt. TJ's low-cost burger is made with quinoa, black beans, and corn.

Try it with this burger: Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burger

Pineapple Mango Burger Salad

Who says you can't add a veggie burger to a salad? This one mixes lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, and a spicy pineapple-mango salsa. Hilary's has tons of interesting burger flavors to choose from, but the classic is always a solid choice.

Try it with this burger: Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burger

Falafel Burgers With Rainbow Slaw

Grab a bag of rainbow slaw on the way home, and you're nearly ready for dinner. Just add a veggie burger (like Amy's mushroom and brown rice patty), avocado, and tahini mixed with Sriracha. Seriously, that's it.

Try it with this burger: Amy's Bistro Burger

Eggplant and Sun-Dried Tomato Veggie Burgers

You'll feel v. fancy after preparing this veggie burger. Mix sun-dried tomatoes with Vegenaise (or regular mayo), roast eggplant and red bell pepper slices on the stove for a few minutes, and serve on a bun with your fave veggie patty and some greens.

Try it with this burger: MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Burger

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