Let’s take veggie burgers to a whole new level, shall we?
A few weeks ago, one of my favorite blogs, How Sweet It Is, was thrown an internet baby shower by dozens of other incredible blogs. This meant dozens of incredible recipes for readers like me, which was just as much of a party as if it were the real thing! After skimming (and drolling) for a few minutes, I quickly clicked on edible perspective’s Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy, both because I love her blog and the idea of a veggie burger AND mashed potatoes sounded like pure heaven to me! Man, was I right!
So this recipe went directly to the top of my list to try.
I cannot put into words how delicious these burgers are! Of course, I made a few adaptations to fit our eating habits, but the essential idea stayed the same. Meatloaf burgers, glaze, mash, gravy, bun… perfection! When I finally finished creating this masterpiece (and then promptly photographing it), I scarfed down a burger in about 2 minutes flat… and in that same time Nate had finished his and was heading over to the kitchen to make a second. I’d call that a win in my book!
So the adaptations: I wanted to add a little more veggie to my burger, so I substituted cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes. Check out my Lentil Loaf with Creamy Cauliflower Mash or my Mushroom Lentil Gravy over Cauliflower Mash for the recipe! I also used my vegan gravy recipe from the lentil loaf. As far as the burger, I omitted the cornmeal (because I didn’t have any on hand) and actually left out the egg (again, because I didn’t have any on hand). Somehow this still worked out okay! I would definitely use the egg (or flax egg) if I had them in my house, but it still held together fine without it.
It is a bit of a process to make these, but they are a perfect task for a weekend or a day off. One plus was that it made 8 very filling patties, so you could freeze the rest or eat them for another dinner (or two) later in the week. I was even thinking they might be a great main dish for a vegan Thanksgiving!
Start by making the veggie burger batter. Form them into patties and bake for 15 minutes.
Spread the glaze over the veggie burgers and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Now it’s time to layer! Start with the bottom bun and the burger…
… add the cauliflower mash and gravy….
… top with the second half of the bun and get messy! I dare you to eat this burger with a bib. Actually, I highly recommend it 🙂
Please, please try these burgers and let me know if you are as obsessed as I am! Head over to edible perspective for the recipe. I decided not to post it over here because I kept mine so similar to hers. Check out her blog while you’re at it… it’s fantastic!