These days the vegan hot spots are popping up left and right. This to me is a positive sign, it shows that veganism has never been this popular and that it’s popularity is starting to grow. Which brings me to another vegan hot spot that just recently opened it’s doors….
I’ve been on a mission of creating the perfect vegan burger for a while now. I thought I’d struck gold with my last burger recipe, but although they are really nice, this recipe takes the cake! There are a couple major problems when it comes to making vegan burgers, here are a couple of them:
- The mixture becomes to moist and the burger comes out to mushy.
- The mixture is to dry and the burger comes out like a weird savoury cookie.
- They actually could look like cookies. I’ve literally had someone ask me if I made cookies during some of my previous attempts.
- They fall apart.
And there are so much more!
Although my previous burger recipe was great, this one is perfection! And just in time for the summer/spring, I know what I’ll be having when my family and friends decide to turn on the barbecue. Even my non vegan family members loved this burger, I love showing people that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up you’re favourite junky foods. And can you even call a whole food burger like this junky!? Nope its basically a warm salad.
The burger pictured above was baked in the oven, which in the past left me with dry savoury cookies, but just a little coating of some good olive oil did the trick, and feel free to try it oil free as well! Although the baked burger was really nice and not dry at all, I do prefer the panfried one. Although I try to minimise my oil consumption wherever possible, with this burger its oh so worth it, and you don’t need a lot to lightly pan fry the patties.
When it comes to sauce you can use whatever you like, but for this specific burger I made my own sauce using:
- 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp gochujang
- a pinch of coconut sugar
The key component in this sauce definitely has to be the gochujang, which is a fermented Korean paste made from soy beans, glutinous rice, red chilli peppers and salt. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of this paste, but the past few weeks it has really grown on me, to the point I eat it with almost everything!
So next time your family and/or friends are having a barbecue, cook them up some of these burgers and show them how awesome vegan food can be and that its not a diet, but a lifestyle.
I’d love to know how you liked these and if you make them share a picture with me on instagram or leave a comment below!
For months i’ve been trying to make a burger recipe that actually met all my burger requirements, which included:
- Being crisp, but not hard and dry on the outside
- Not dry or pasty on the inside
- The burger can’t look like a cookie (last couple of experiments i’ve heard “oh what kind of cookies are those”
- My non vegan family has to like them.
And let me tell you, my non vegan family members absolutely loved them, and if they tell you that your burgers taste better then those creepy frakenburgers from mc donald’s it means you’ve struck gold. I now finally have a burger recipe i’m pleased with.
Apart from being delicious they are also freezer friendly which makes these burgers even more convenient. All you need to do is line a cookie sheet, chopping board (or any other flat surface) with some parchment paper, and put the burgers on the parchment paper in the freezer for an hour before putting them in a bag or container, to keep in the freezer.
When you are ready to have a burger just preheat your oven to 200 celcius or 400 farenheit and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes (flipping them halfway through), and when im feeling adventurous i’ll pan fry them with a little bit of oil after taking them from the oven.
Now i know some people avoid soy, but don’t be afraid of tempeh. Tempeh is a fermented soy product that is less processed than tofu and has more protein and less phytic acid. Of course i’m not a nutritionist but if you have to choose a soy product i’d say go for tempeh (or miso of course) and when i comes to soy always go for organic, trust me you don’t want any of that GMO crap.
Now i know it’s the holiday season but i promised you a burger recipe, so i had to deliver. But from this point forward you can expect more festive recipes coming your way.