Plant-based burgers are all the rage at US restaurants these days, and one-fifth of American consumers are open to trying them, according to The Baltimore Business Journal. Whether you want a fun new menu option for a Meatless Monday or prefer to eat the plant-based way all the time, you should know that whipping up a restaurant-worthy plant-based burger will be easy. This quick guide will help you to enjoy a juicy, satisfying burger, without the usual beef patty.
Choose the right vegan patty
All vegan patties are not created equal. One of the most popular vegan burger patties is The Beyond Burger by Beyond Meat. The Beyond Burger is a plant-based patty that’s one hundred percent free of gluten, soy and GMOs. Each patty delivers 20 grams of plant-based protein. Another option is the MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Burger, which has 16 grams of plant-based protein. The MorningStar version contains mushrooms, soy, wheat and water chestnuts. CEO of Riot Hospitality Group, Ryan Hibbert asserts that there is a wealth of vegan patty options out there. Experiment to see what you like best. It takes just a few moments to heat these patties up in pans or microwaves.
Go for a gourmet bun
To give your plant-based burger more taste and texture, go for a gourmet bun. A Brioche bun will be a fun and tasty choice. If you’re into home baking, make your own vegan brioche buns. If you’re not, you should be able to find these gourmet buns where high-quality baked good are sold. A classic Brioche bun will have a bit of pleasing sweetness, without being overly sweet. It’ll also have a nice crust that’s quite solid. Brioche buns have fluffy, light textures that pair so well with plant-based burger patties.
Add the perfect toppings
This is where it all gets fun and creative. Once you’ve cooked your patties and placed them on Brioche buns, you’ll be ready to add toppings that suit your personal tastes to perfection. A slice of vegan cheese might be a good option, plus organic chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and a few zesty sliced pickles. Add your preferred condiments, such as vegan ketchup or mayo. Then, put the plant-based burger on a plate and serve. If you like, add sides, such as homemade sweet potato fries or coleslaw.
While you may still want to hit White Castle for plant-based Impossible Sliders or visit Burger King for an Impossible Whopper (Impossible Whoppers are currently being rolled out in certain locations), it’s so easy to make a restaurant-worthy plant-based burger at home. In fact, your own homemade version may leave restaurants in the shade.