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Friday, October 28, 2011

Vegan MOFO: 'Cheese'burger

Most of us grew up as meat eaters - lets just face it. Most of us also enjoyed on occasion a cheeseburger from McDonalds. My partner, who is not a full time vegan was craving a cheeseburger, and asked if we could have them for dinner. So, I decided to try and make my own, every vegan likes some good junk food!

For the "meat" patty
1 tin of sanitarium nutmeat, minced
1 onion, finely diced
3/4 cup of cooked rice, white or brown (brown will be chewier)
1/2 cup of BBQ sauce or marinade of choice
3 tablespoons of massels supreme gravy powder (of beef style stock)
2 teaspoons of mixed herbs
3 heaped tablespoons of minced or chopped garlic
1 + cups of flour (for binding)

Mix all ingredients apart from flour together and let sit in the fridge for a few hours (if you can) this will let all the ingredients combine better for a good bbq style flavor.
Add flour and combine, if the mixture is not sticking to itself well, add a little more flour, or even breadcrumbs to bind.
Form 'meaty' mixture into patties which mimic a mcdonalds patty, small and thin (or don't... if you want them thicker)
You can cook these up now until browned and crisp over a medium heat pan, or leave them on a plate in the fridge to cook later on.
These patties are really excellent for BBQ's and picnics as a rissole, omnis and vegans alike love them!

For the 'cheeseburger' you will need

1 x premade recipe for cheddar cheese slices
bread rolls
tomato sauce
finely diced onion
patty recipe above.

To get the cheese all gooey and melting, throw it in a lightly greased pan on medium high heat for 1 minute, you will see the cheese starting to melt, but you should still be able to gently pull it off in one piece and place it onto a 'meat' patty.

Place patty and cheese into a burger bun, top with sauce, mustard and onion.

Eat straight away - the ultimate vegan junk food!


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  2. looks awesome! defo gonna try this. But what is sanitarium nutmeat? Is it available in the uk? And if so, is it gluten-free? Cos I'm a vegan coeliac... and most veggie/vegan mixes are made of wheat protein :-(
    thanks for the recipe though - I'll probs just adapt it to be gluten free, just needed some inspiration :-)

  3. Unfortunately nutmeat is a mixture of nut meat and wheat gluten, which makes is unsafe for coeliacs... I'm not sure if you can get it in the UK (not that it matters if you can't eat it. You can use the same recipe and use lentils instead - it works quite well (I've made them before with lentils when I haven't had nutmeat on hand) Just make sure they're well cooked and half mash them so the texture is more meaty, it will also help with binding them. You can also just sub the flour for chickpea flour, or any other gluten free flour.
    Good luck!