If Ashlee had to pick one meal to eat her entire life, I’m almost certain she would choose burgers.
At least 2-3 times a week, Ashlee will say “You know what I’m craving tonight?” and her response is almost always…you guessed it…burgers.
Usually when Ash requests burgers, I just go to the store, grab a box of veggie burgers and call it a day. Not this month, though. Much to my surprise, all of my favorite veggie burgers contain wheat. If you follow us pretty religiously, then you know we gave up gluten for the entire month of September.
Sure, I could’ve probably rummaged through the slim pickins of vegan and gluten free burgers at my local health food store, but I decided to make my own. As much as I love the convenience of store-bought and ready-made burgers, I know they’re not available everywhere. Especially gluten free and vegan.
Our vegan mushroom burgers are delicious, easy to make, and require less than an hour to prepare! Not to mention, they hold up pretty damn well!! If there’s one thing that I don’t particularly love about veggie burgers, it’s that they’re often too soft and flimsy.
We paired our vegan mushroom burgers with caramelized onions because, I mean…caramelized onions are pretty much the best thing everrrrr. Plus, mushrooms and onions go together like almond butter and jelly. To balance some of the sweetness from the onions, we added arugula tossed in just a bit of sherry vinegar.
SO. DAMN. DELICIOUS.
If you noticed, the buns in the photos are different. In the photo without the arugula, the buns are not vegan!!! I read “dairy-free” on the package and automatically assumed they were free from all animal products. I assumed wrong, because they contained eggs (eye roll). Luckily, Melissa, from Forkin’ Plants (she just launched her blog, check it out!!!) informed me before I sunk my teeth into these delicious burgers. Even luckier, I was able to find gluten free and vegan buns at my local grocery store right down the street in the gluten free aisle. Hooray!!!
We hope you guys love the recipe for our vegan mushroom burgers! If you try making them, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @Eat_Figs_Not_Pigs. We just LOVE seeing your recreations of our recipes!!! Til next time, friends!!!
- 2 yellow onions, sliced
- 2 TBS canola oil
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 LB baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 2/3 cup vegan & gluten free breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese, optional
- 2 vegan eggs
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 4 tsp olive oil, divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 Vegan & Gluten Free burger buns
- 4 slices vegan cheese of your choice, optional
- 2 cups loosely packed arugula
- 2 tsp sherry vinegar
- Add oil to a saute pan on medium-low heat
- Add onions, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently
- Remove cover, increase heat to medium-high and cook an additional 6-8 minutes, scraping up any brown bits
- If onions are too dry, add about 1/4 water and cook an additional 2-3 minutes
- Set aside
- In a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 teaspoons oil, garlic and mushrooms. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and saute the mushrooms until most of the liquid has been cooked out, about 10-12 minutes.
- Remove mushrooms from heat and transfer the mushrooms to a food processor
- Pulse mushrooms for about 30 seconds to 1 minute
- Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and combine with vegan eggs, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Mix thoroughly to combine all the ingredients.
- Using your hands, form 4 mushroom patties
- Cook the mushroom patties with remaining 2 teaspoons of oil on medium high heat for about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through
- Serve mushroom patties with gluten free & vegan toasted buns, 1/4 cup arugula tossed in 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar, caramelized onions, and favorite vegan cheese slices
2. If you are unable to find a vegan egg replacer, you can use flax meal or flax "eggs". The brand of egg replacer we use, is Ener-G egg replacer.
3. We find our vegan Parmesan cheese from Sprouts or Whole Foods, the brand is Follow Your Heart. If you are unable to find it at your local health food store, simply sub with nutritional yeast for a similar "cheesy" flavor