National Burger Day: Hold the Cow Please

If you woke up this morning and had no idea it was National Burger Day, you’re not alone neither did I. Then Twitter was all National Burger Day this and National Burger Day that. Of course, now I want a burger! Don’t worry, even vegans can get their National Burger Day on!  If you’re out and about today, here are some places you can snag a vegan burger!

Red Robin’s Vegan Boca Burger – This is by far my favorite vegan burger at a national chain. They get one of our burgers wrong every time we go but they always make it right the second time. I just assume I’m teaching a very important vegan lesson by ordering carefully and being compassionate when it is screwed up (But seriously, I really like Red Robin). Lisa likes to pile on fresh ingredients like avocado and pineapple while I prefer the savory flavors of BBQ sauce and onion straws.

Oddly this is only picture I could find correctly identifying the Boca burger.

Loving Hut’s Crispy Burger – This is the vegan equivalent of hangover food. It is not at all greasy but it feels really comforting and NOT at all good for you. It’s a patty topped with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, soy cheese (Daiya), and a special sauce. The special sauce actually makes the burger to me. Lisa is not a fan but I really like it. However, I haven’t ordered it in like a year. It’s definitely a special occasion thing. If you’re not familiar with Loving Hut, click here. There may be one in your area and you didn’t even know! There are totally some international locations too!

Nom, Nom, Nom, Nom

Native Foods’ Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger – I have no idea what anything on this burger has to do with Oklahoma but thank you Sooner state for your tasty burger. Sliced seitan, melted cheddar, caramelized onions and tofu bacon with BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, carrots, tomato and romaine. Native Foods expanded their reach to the DC area last year! Such an amazing selection of vegan food and desserts! And Lavender Lemonade is so yummy!

Elevation Burger’s Veggie Burger #2 – This vegan burger is made with organic grains, veggies and spices. It is a simple but tasty option you can dress your way with toppings. Also, they have awesome fries!

Even though grabbing a burger out and about is fun sometimes you just want the freshness of a home cooked vegan burger. Here are two of our favorite vegan recipes to help you celebrate National Burger Day at home!

Barbecue Black-Eyed Pea Burgers from FatFree Vegan Kitchen – We just discovered this simple and delicious recipe a few weeks ago when we wanted burgers and had left over black-eyed peas! This is what you call a win-win! This is our favorite burger recipe because it is simple but full of rich flavor. (My notes are in red. We didn’t really alter the recipe. We just used what we had on hand which worked out great). 

Ingredients

  • 1 can cooked black-eyed peas, drained (or 1 3/4 cups cooked)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup organic barbecue sauce (or homemade BBQ sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos, soy sauce, or tamari (soy sauce works well no need to run out for specialty items)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (we always leave this out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, panko, or dried bread crumbs (rolled oats were fabulous and probably something you already have on hand)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients except the oats (or bread crumbs) in the food processor. Pulse a few times, just enough to break up the peas a little but not puree them. Stir in 1 cup of the oats. Check the consistency. It should be moist but not wet. Add more oats to achieve the right consistency.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Form burger patties on the prepared surface using about 1/2 cup of mixture per burger. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Burgers will be hot throughout, but don’t let get too dry. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before serving.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s) | Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Lentil Walnut Burger from Oh She Glows – This burger is nutty, hearty, and easy to make. We have made this burger on multiple occasions then freezing the leftovers for an easy dinner option. This is not a burger that require any special ingredients. Even if these aren’t ingredients you keep in your pantry or on your spice rack. They are easily found. No need to run out to the one Organic grocery store across town.

 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 piece bread, toasted OR 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 chia/flax egg (1 tbsp ground chia or flax + 1/4 cup water)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl make the chia or flax egg and set aside. Place lentils in a small pot and add a couple cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes. Remove and rinse in colander. While the lentils are cooking, toast the walnuts by placing the walnuts on a baking sheet and cooking at 350F for about 12 minutes until golden brown and delicious. Let cool. In a food processor, process the garlic, walnuts, toasted bread OR breadcrumbs, garlic, spices & seasonings until combined. Now add oil and lentils and pulse until coarsely chopped (some lentils should be visible and left chunky). Add the flax or chia egg and pulse a bit more until combined. Now shape 4 patties with hands and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a non-stick mat. Bake at 350F for 20-22 minutes on each side for a total of 40-45 mins. bake time. Makes 4 patties.

I don’t have pictures of either of these burgers on hand but trust me when I say they were so good no one wanted to sit and wait while food was being photographed! Check out both websites for more vegan recipes.

Enjoy National Burger Day! I know I will even if I decide to have pizza instead. #YOLO

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