Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger

Sure, laugh it up. I know the word ‘vegan’ is a word not belonging anywhere near the proximity of the phrase ‘bacon cheeseburger’ but I’m fairly certain you’d like these even though the taste is far from the real thing.

Sister had a copy of The Best Veggie Burgers On The Planet which I thumbed through on my last visit to her house. Korean Kim-chi Burger? Berbere Burger? Who wouldn’t be a little curious. I had never made a veggie burger so I bought the book and picked one at random to start experimenting.

I was very happy with the final product. While not at all like a beef burger, it had a toothy consistency not far from meat. The flavour was exceptional; definitely the liquid smoke and BBQ sauce are dominant.

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  • 1 C Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • 1 C Vegetable Stock
  • 1 C Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1/2 C Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 C Bacon Bits
  • 1/4 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 C BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 C Sunflower Oil
  • 2 T Maple Syrup
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 t Liquid Smoke
  • 2 T Agave
  • Salt & pepper to taste, about 1 t each

First, put the TVP in a small bowl, heat the stock then pour over the TVP. Cover the bowl for 10 minutes.

Combine the re-hydrated TVP with all other ingredients in a large bowl. With your hands, knead the mixture for about 5 minutes. Let the mixture sit for another 10 minutes to firm up. Form into 4-5 patties then either grill or pan-fry. You could also stop here and freeze them for later. If you are pan-frying you might want to add 1-2 T oil to the pan to prevent stickage. About 4-5 minutes per side and you’re done.

I was not familiar with TVP so I read up a little on it, particularly the processing method. Many people have avoided TVP because it is processed with hexane gas, which is toxic and a small amount of hexane is leftover in the final product.  What these people don’t seem to realize is that the amount left over is so small you would need to eat over 1 million veggie burgers A DAY to come close to toxic levels, that is if you could keep up that high-volume consumption indefinitely.

Good luck with that. And get back to me after your first million veggie burgers in a 24-hour period!

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