Best Ever Vegan Burgers!!

I think I’ve finally discovered the recipe for our house burger–and it’s actually James-approved!!

As I’ve mentioned a number of times, James is an amazing chef–indeed, far better than I could ever hope to be! However, he doesn’t enjoy everyday cooking, and I do. As such, whenever we have guests, he’s the chef, but I tend to cook when it’s just us.

Indeed, last Saturday, he made a lovely six-course meal as a small gesture of gratitude for Jane–a friend who made us a beautiful quilt (more on that later!). The first five courses were vegan,  but the dessert did contain dairy.

In any event, when I go into town for a few days to tend to my parents, James responds, NOT by making himself fabulous vegan feasts, but rather by purchasing a Costco-size box of frozen veggie burgers and a truckload of hamburger buns. And the poor man lives on these things until I return!

So I’ve been looking for a burger recipe to take the place of the Costco burgers, and today’s the day that I think I’m finally there!

I used the jackfruit ribs recipe from Fatfreevegan.com as my base and adapted it slightly. We now have a freezer full of these delicious little suckers! I’m calling them “Sideways Burgers” because they’re now the house burger at Sideways Cottage!

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Makes 16 Burgers

 

Step One: Saute for about ten minutes…

  • 2 cans jackfruit (young jackfruit in brine), drained

…on medium heat in…

Break up the jackfruit as you saute–you might need a potato masher to break up the harder pieces. Set aside and allow to cool.

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Step Two: Saute for about ten minutes…

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced

…in..

  • 1 tsp of Better Than Bouillon mushroom (or vegetable) base
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

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Step Three: In a large bowl, whisk together….

  • 2.5 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • TBS smoked paprika
  • 2 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS  garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

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  • the jackfruit, onions, and mushrooms from steps one and two
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

Mix it all up–you’ll need to use your hands–until you have a nice stretchy dough-like mixture.

Divide the dough into quarters and form four patties from each quarter for a total of sixteen patties. Place on parchment paper covered cookie pans.

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Bake at 370 degrees for thirty minutes.

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The burgers are now ready to freeze or slap on the grill!

James loves barbecue sauce, so I’ve been grilling his with a healthy spoonful of barbecue sauce on top. Mine get a spoonful of my smoky vegan cheddar sauce and a sprinkling of chewy vegan bacon bits.

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And while James still loves his white burger buns…

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…I’ve been loving the green “bun” lately. If you haven’t tried it, do give the green bun a try because it makes a lovely, crunchy alternative to bread!

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Oh, and look at the amazing cushions Jane made for us from some ties from James’ dad’s corporate days!

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And I’m listening to Alexi Murdoch again today, so here’s a nice one from him called “Love You More”:

 

 

2 thoughts on “Best Ever Vegan Burgers!!

  1. Ooh I’m going to try this provided I can find jack fruit way out here in butt f*#k nowhere! Love the tie pillow too. Definitely send to dad to have a look 🙂

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