Vegan Mofo Day 5: Best Sandwich Ever

IDI beet burger

Veg*ns these days have it easy.  Case in point: I’ve actually heard complaints that the “only” vegan item on the menu is a veggie burger.  Why, in my day, we walked uphill both ways to a restaurant only to be told that our choices were iceberg lettuce salad and a dry baked potato.  Going out to a place that served frozen Gardenburger patties was a special treat.

Now, most restaurants that serve veggie burgers make their patties in house.  I’ve found everything from bean patties, to grain patties, to tempeh patties — often with interesting topping choices like flavored aiolis or roasted veggies.  While it’s true that veggie burgers have become the standard veg*n item at restaurants, even an okay veggie burger is satisfying and beats the heck out of a “steamed vegetable plate.”  And I submit that a good veggie burger perfectly fits today’s best sandwich ever MoFo theme.

The burger above is the Bistro Beet Burger from Isa Does It, which I made for the first time today in honor of MoFo.  It’s a lentil, brown rice and beet patty that’s lightly seasoned and pan-fried.  Although the texture of the burger was spot-on, I found these patties to be a little bland topped just with ketchup, mustard and pickles.  But with the right toppings, these burgers could be a thing of beauty.  I’m thinking sauteed mushrooms and pesto mayo, or perhaps avocado and veggie bacon, or maybe onion rings, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.  The possibilities are endless.



Filed under Cookbooks, Recipes from Cookbooks, veganmofo

3 responses to “Vegan Mofo Day 5: Best Sandwich Ever

  1. Looks great with those pickles! A shame to hear it was a bit bland, I’m yet to make this recipe but will keep it in mind if I do.

  2. I am totally with you about looking for and wide for just one vegan item on a menu. Now, when I go to a restaurant that has half or a full menu of vegan items, it takes me forever to choose–I am not used to all these choices! 🙂 Love your idea of adding sauteed mushrooms, that sounds like it’d definitely pump the burger up!

  3. I think they are still worth making. The texture was perfect, the patties were pretty and the ingredients were all easy to find and healthy.

    And I must confess that the idea of putting sauteed mushrooms on top of my burger is one I got from an episode of 30 Minute Meals — but I have no shame because it is delicious.

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