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“Meaty” Vegan Western Bacon Cheeseburger for the Carnivore in your life

on January 7, 2012

   This is a recipe I found in The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, which is a book I HIGHLY recommend, especially if you’re just starting out your vegourney…veg-journey….I know there could be a good word there if it didn’t sound so much like “vagina.”

Anyway, this book teaches you how to take recipes you’re already used to making, and veganizing them by finding suitable substitutes for the meat, dairy, egg, etc. ingredients.  Some of the recipes do employ some “fake” ingredients like the TVP (textured vegetable protein) and bacon bits in this one, but most of them are fresh veggie-centric recipes.  This one in particular is great if you live with an omnivore because the burger has an awesome meaty chewiness to it that you don’t always get in a veggie burger.  I also love that it uses a flax egg, because that adds some extra omega-3 to your diet and helps bind the whole thing together.  A flax egg is just ground flaxseeds mixed with water, and it forms kind of a gelatinous goo that’s thinner than an egg, but healthier and totally cruelty-free.  The “cheesy” flavor comes from nutritional yeast, which adds vitamin B-12 into your diet, and is just all-together yummy.  ALSO, the liquid smoke in this is important!  It smells strong when you’re cooking, but you just can’t please an omnivore without it. (That’s a lie…)  It automatically makes the brain think MEAT.

Makes 4   1/2 pound manly burgers, or 8   1/4 pound sissy burgers

1 cup TVP granules

1 cup vegetable broth

1/4 cup imitation bacon bits (check your labels or make yourself)

1 cup vital wheat gluten (THIS is where the meaty chewiness comes from!)

1/8 tsp liquid smoke (found in the BBQ section of your grocery aisle)

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 T garlic powder

1 T onion powder

2 T creamy no-stir nut butter (I like almond)

2 1/2 T ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 T warm water (do this first and set aside for a few minutes)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I never said it was a healthy recipe)

1/4 cup BBQ sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Bring broth to a boil, then pour over TVP, cover w/saran wrap, and let sit for 10 min.  Let cool before handling.

Combine TVP with the remaining ingredients and knead together for 5 minutes (use those muscles to work off that oil!)

Let the dough rest for a few minutes, then shape into 4 big-ass patties

Choose method for Cooking: Grill 5-7 min per side over med-high flame, saute in oil 5-7 min per side until crispy, or bake at 350 F on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet for 20 minutes on each side.

Goes great with baked beans, onion rings, or I like to make home-cut fries.  🙂  Don’t forget to top with all your favorite fixin’s and a whole-grain bun!



2 responses to ““Meaty” Vegan Western Bacon Cheeseburger for the Carnivore in your life

  1. I have got to try this! And I’ve got to get my hands on that book. Probably a healthier book for me than Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar or Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which were previously the next two cookbooks on my list. 😉

    • Oh man, I have the cupcake book, and it’s GENIUS! And my favorite cookie (Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles) from the cookie book is on Isa’s website theppk.com, definitely look that up, and then bookmark her site for some DELICIOUS recipes! 🙂

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