Pst. I’m going to let you in on a secret… Many years before I started this blog, I really wanted to start a food recipe blog. I spent the majority of my time experimenting in the kitchen, writing new recipes, entering baking contests, spending every extra penny I had on bakeware, etc. I didn’t end up starting a food blog for a few reasons, primarily stress. I was/am such a perfectionist that baking/cooking can get super un-fun. I had to chill out in the kitchen for a while to lower my stress (PAUSE. I hear some people actually find baking/cooking to be a stress reliever, I don’t get it, but if that’s you, props!). I still like to make food: I just tend to go for simpler recipes these days. And so today I’m sharing a creation my husband & I recently came up with that’s so easy a monkey could do it. I present to you; The Beyond Burger, Aragon Style 🙂
What a beauty, huh! This burger is 100% vegan & 100% deeeelicious! There are a good number of vegan patties on the market these days, but the Beyond Burger is truly in a league of it’s own! This burger sizzles & pops while cooking like real meat. It’s super juicy too. In fact, it’s so realistic it’s actually kind of freaky. As a vegan, I deal with super obnoxious comments on the daily, the most common of course being related to protein, For some weird reason (media & sad tradition), people seem to think vegans have a problem getting enough nutrients, especially protein. Pst. I’ll let you in on another secret … There is literally no vitamin nor nutrient that is found in an animal source that cannot also be found in plant-based sources. One beyond burger patty has a whopping 20 grams of protein. In fact, check out this chart below which compares a 1/4 lb beyond burger patty to a 1/4 lb beef patty…
There are many ways to dress up your burger. We chose onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, & jalapenos to flavor the patty. One of the harder decisions when making a burger is what kind of cheese. We actually couldn’t narrow it down to just one, so we went with two. A problem became a blessing because the American cheese & Smoked Gouda paired perfectly together. The cheese, is of course vegan. We used Follow Your Heart brand for this particular burger. “Go big or go home” was the simple inspiration behind making this burger a double. We then topped the burger off with a good ole’ onion ring, or two, or three, then placed in the bun & voila, perfection! (See specific recipe at the end of this post)
The Beyond Burger Aragon Style
A vegan double cheeseburger that's packed with nutrients & flavor!
- vidalia onion , sliced
- green & red bell peppers, sliced
- jalapeno peppers, sliced
- baby portobello mushrooms , sliced
- 2 Beyond Meat Beyond Burger patties
- onion rings (we used Alexa Foods)
- 2 slices vegan American singles (we used Follow Your Heart)
- 2 slices vegan smoked gouda (we used Follow Your Heart)
- 1 burger bun
- optional - condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc)
Preheat oven according to onion ring package instructions.
Sautee onions & bell pepper until onions are transparent. Set aside but do NOT clean pan.
In the same pan, sautee jalapenos & mushroom until a rubbery texture. Set aside but do NOT clean pan.
In the same pan, cook burger patties according to package instructions. Because the pan was never cleaned in between steps, the juice from the onions, peppers, & mushrooms will cook into the burger patties.
While the patties are cooking, bake the onion rings according to package instructions. It only takes one - three onion rings for the burger, but we like to make a dozen or so extra to eat as a side dish with the burger.
Once the burger patties & onion rings are done, build your burger. You can do so by placing the cheese on top of each patty & placing both patties on the bottom bun. Top with veggies & add the top bun.
Toast in the oven at 350 degrees F until cheese melts (approx 5 mins).
If you want to add any condiments like ketchup, mustard, etc, now is the time.
Eat & enjoy 🙂
PS. Lorenzo was able to fit this entire burger in his mouth & eat it with ease. If you have a big mouth, you can do the same. Otherwise, feel free to make the burger as a single cheeseburger, not a double 🙂