Plant-based burgers charring on a grill
The Best Substitute To Grilling Burgers With The Same Great Char
If you don't have access to a grill, you can use your oven's broiler function to deliver a nice sear and char to your patties.
The broiler is essentially just a grill with the flame, or direct heat source, flipped to the top. Both grilling and broiling reach temperatures upwards of 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before using your broiler, get to know your oven and read its manual. Each model follows different broiling practices, as some require the door to be slightly ajar or fully closed.
For a great char, preheat your broiler to high, and line a pan with aluminum foil. Arrange the burgers on the pan, and place it about 2-3 inches below the heat source.
Broil for about three minutes per side, depending on the thickness and how you like your burgers cooked. Keep an eye out for that browning char to clue you in on when to flip.