Showing posts with label Veggie Burgers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Veggie Burgers. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

National Veggie Burger Day 2019

Thanks to the power of plants, veggie burgers have been made possible to consume on a regular basis. What started as an idea turned into reality for Amy's Kitchen, when the world renowned vegetarian brand started "National Veggie Burger Day" back in 2017. Veggie burgers have such an incredible impact on the environment and much healthier than their carnivore counterparts. 

According to Cowspiracy, growing crops to feed animals killed for food not only consumes almost 60% of water in the United States, but contaminates the water also. Additionally one hamburger alone requires almost 700 gallons of water to produce. 

And according to an article published from the book Water Resources and Industry in 2013 on Science Direct, animal agriculture is responsible for up to 33% of fresh water consumption. As 70% of the planet is made up of water, only 3% is fresh. 

So the real question remains, is it possible to enjoy a plant-based rendition of this carnivore classic? Absolutely. I think the pictures I've shared, of the veggie burgers I've made speak for themselves. 

To celebrate today, I ask and encourage all of you to eat and enjoy a veggie burger. From my house to your house - Happy National Veggie Burger Day!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Enjoying a veggie burger from Smashburger

Tonight, I decided to get Smashburger for dinner. Located in the heart of Meridian, Idaho on East Louis Drive, I was so hungry after work and took it upon myself to grab a veggie burger and French fries to-go. As the menu here is quite extensive, offering so many great options for both vegetarians and vegans, I inquired about ordering one of their newest and most popular burgers, the Triple Double using their black bean burger patty.

The Triple Double burger and is served on an egg bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles. I wanted to substitute the bun for the pretzel bun. Not because I don't like the egg bun (because it is good) but because I've never tried the pretzel bun and it looks better. The burger comes with extra American cheese. I decided to go the extra mile and order extra American cheese and extra cheddar cheese or melted aged cheddar cheese.

So, what did I think? The black bean burger patty was a little soft. As it was extremely flavorful, I felt like it was a little undercooked. The pretzel bun was delicious and really complemented the burger overall. The French fries were just ok for me. They are always good as a side, but I live in Idaho and prefer the thicker, homemade style of fries.

The Smash Sauce is outstanding. It is like a thousand island minus the ketchup. Better yet, if you were to make a thousand island sauce, mustard would be the main ingredient instead of ketchup. I literally would buy this sauce alone if they sold it there. Although the ranch was decent, I didn't find anything extremely special about it.

Overall, dinner was great. I managed to eat everything, as I was extremely hungry. I think the next time I eat Smashburger, I will definitely try something different.

Monday, October 1, 2018

First Dinner of October 2018

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am always innovative in the kitchen and if you know me already, you know how much I love to cook. Tonight is no exception. As today is the first day of October, I decided to treat myself to a classic yet amplified version of the classic veggie burger utilizing organic baby arugula, red onion, and homemade thousand island dressing (which consists of buttermilk, a little bit of mayonnaise and some ketchup) on a homemade sweet pineapple roll which I toasted using only butter.

The veggie burgers were beer battered with butter before I placed them on the other side of the bun, which was also toasted. I wanted something a little extra to this vegetarian comfort food so I took the liberties of adding some classic veggie bacon which was also beer battered in butter.

Amazing right?

And that is not all. To cheese it up, I used mozzarella and butter in a hot pan followed by a teaspoon of cream to melt the cheese down before drenching both the bacon and burger in it (the cheese that is). I added some of the cheese to the bottom bun for good measure and to make it that much more appealing. Who doesn't love cheese?

I didn't add anything else to the veggie burgers, but did enjoy them with Perrier mineral water. This is 100% vegetarian. You could create a vegan version of this using plant-based cheese and sauces instead of dairy.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pittsburgh: Veggie Burger

Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities in the world today. Home to over 2 million residents, according to the CSA it is the 20th largest city in the United States. Although it is known as the steel city, it is also known for it's bridges and it's architecture. In fact, the city is filled with art. Pittsburgh is also known for it's sports teams. What you don't realize, however; is that the steel city offers some of the best cuisine you will ever experience.
 
As a vegetarian, it can be quite complicated trying to find great vegetarian food, but believe it or not, it does exist. But the question remains, can you find a veggie burger here? Absolutely. Don't believe me? Just click here now.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The GrillJunkie Burger-A-Day Cookbook


As a lacto ovo vegetarian, I am always finding ways to execute the carnivore classics into my lifestyle. Meaning: I truly embrace the alternative concept of substituting meat, poultry, and fish for plant-based protein. Recently, I discovered the GrillJunkie Guy website which offers an array of recipes. As you can see from this website, a lot of the recipes are not vegetarian. Then, in my quest for searching "veggie burgers" I discovered the GrillJunkie Burger-A-Day cookbook by Arnie Tomaino. So, what did I think?

This cookbook offers an array of recipes that cater to individual protein selections, including vegetarian, plant-based protein. My personal favorite recipes from the GrillJunkie Burger-A-Day cookbook are definitely the Smoked Portobello Mushroom Burger, the Chick Pea and Curry Burger, and the Spicy Bean Black Burger. I have tried every single recipe and just find them fantastic. This cookbook also offers a recipe on how to create a basic veggie burger, which is great for those just getting started.
The amount of options are endless. When looking at the basic beef burger recipes, as well as, the chicken, bison, lamb, etc. I envisioned various ways to substitute the main source of protein for plant-based protein. The possibilities are extremely endless.
Aside from the many recipes, this cookbook also features a "recipe a day" incentive which allows you to try something new, everyday. If you can't decide what to prepare, just choose a recipe or go in chronological order. What I found interesting about this cookbook is the fact that you are provided with a variety of grilling tips & tricks, as you are provided with other recipes which include everything from side dishes to desserts.
The GrillJunkie Burger-A-Day Cookbook is available for $17.96 at Amazon. Would I recommend this cookbook to a friend? Yes. Especially those burger lovers that are looking to enjoy an endless selection of recipes. For you, will never get bored. For more information about the GrillJunkie Burger A Day Cookbook, simply visit Amazon right now.

Friday, January 30, 2015

5 Veggie Burger Substitutes You Need To Check Out

Veggie burgers are basically meatless burgers that do not contain any meat, as well as, eggs or dairy. A majority of the time, they are executed with vegetables. As a vegetarian of many years, I have to tell you, I am always trying new vegetarian alternatives that echo the classic hamburger. So, what are the best veggie burger substitutes?

1. Lightlife Backyard Grill'n Burgers. When it comes to veggie burgers, the key is not only the ingredients, but the flavor itself. Not only is this veggie burger the closest alternative to the real thing, it is free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) too.

2. Amy's All American Veggie Burger. This meat-free delectable proves that it is not only healthy, but incredibly delicious too. If you are searching for an organic option that is both non-GMO and vegan, this one is perfect for you.

3. Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger. Some of the best meat alternatives are those that taste great, but resemble the classic. Not only is this burger super healthy, but it tastes absolutely delicious. This veggie burger is also GMO-free and vegan.

4. Organic Sunshine Burgers Quarter Pounder Original. Are the best things in life really free or are they natural? Using only whole-food ingredients, this healthy vegetarian option proves why it is one of the best meatless options around. Did I mention that it is non-GMO?

5. Follow Your Heart Burger. If something is created to embody or resemble the real thing, then it should also taste like it too. This meat-free specialty is not only deliciously healthy, it is free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) and is vegan.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Burger Day: Veggie Burgers

 Today is "Happy Burger Day" so I decided to share with you some veggie burgers that I have prepared. As a lacto-ovo vegetarian (occasional vegan), it's only appropriate. I love making them, so I am always getting creative. Until the next time. Enjoy friends!