There is a new commercial out for a certain chain burger that left Thomas craving a cheeseburger badly. (Where’s the beef?) I tried to get some Gardein burgers at WF on my way home, but they were out, so I grabbed some vegan Boca Burgers instead, and some sprouted grain buns. (BTW, I always feel goofy about the name since I live in Boca.) We noticed that these were surprisingly lighter in color than we remembered them being, and weren’t sure why. Did they change their burger formula? They taste the same.
Thomas jazzed these up by sauteing some onions and mushrooms and melting some Tofutti american slices on top. Lettuce, mustard, ketchup and hot sauce completed this quick and easy weeknight meal. He’s been trying to get this recipe for chickpea fries he found online worked out, and that certainly would have made a nice accompaniment. A post on his results on that will follow! : ) In the mean time, sweet potato oven fries are always a safe bet! Mmm!
ok. this is a recipe to spruce up your store bought veggie burgers. i used boca burgers. vegan boca burgers are great because they’re a source of convenient, lean protein, but let’s face it. they are a bit lackluster in the flavor department. after discovering the wonders of liquid smoke and vegan worcestershire in the last couple of months, i decided these would be just the ingredients i needed to give these a proper marinade. i also used mccormick montreal steak seasoning as a flavorful cheat. it has salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic, and paprika.
ps- do yourself a favor and use a grill pan or a good quality, unscratched non-stick skillet to cook these. i did not, and my pan is in the sink soaking!
1 package of vegan burger patties
canola or olive oil
1/3 c. vegan worcesteshire sauce
2 tsp. liquid smoke
2 tsp. steak seasoning
1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and brush onto both sides of patties. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
2. Coat a skillet or grill pan with oil, and heat to medium. Add patties to pan and cook for 4 minutes on each side, brushing occasionally with marinade.
enjoy! it gives them a nice smoky taste and a caramelized type coating, with relatively little extra work.