Vegan "Big Mac" w/ Dairy-Free Special Sauce + Black Bean Millet Mushroom Burgers
Difficulty: 3/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 burgers
The Challenge: McDonald's Big Mac
Those golden arches have not been too friendly to us plant-based eaters...its not even friendly to vegetarians. Growing up before I was vegan, I remember ordering Big Macs with no meat especially before the growth of fast casual dining that is much more friendly to those trying to avoid eating as much animal products.
I wanted to take a crack at the BIG MAC. The mac daddy of burgers. And boy I think we might have hit this one out of the park. Combining a very tasty special sauce with a sesame seed bun, thin vegan patties made from mushroom, black beans, and millet, and some great slices from my friends at Daiya (cheddar slices from any vegan producer work great), this burger double decker is out of this world.
The special sauce combines vegan mayo, mustard, relish, vinegar, some spices, and is HELLA good.
The patties went with something a bit more hearty - mushrooms, black beans, and millet. These combin for a very flavorful patty that can be easily handled and smashed into a thinner patty like the big mac. I am really proud of how easy these patties were to work with.
Okay enough enough.
Let's get into it!
Big Mac Patties
- 1/2 cup millet cooked
- 1 cup black beans, canned, drained, rinsed
- 1 tbl olive oil
- 1/2 cup portabello mushrooms, diced
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 tbl flaxmeal
- 1.5 tbl nutritional yeast
- 1 tbl liquid amino
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup vegan mayo
- 1 tbl pickle relish
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup arugula
- 1/4 cup chopped white onion
- 2 sesame seed buns + 2 bun bottoms
- 4 slices vegan cheddar cheese (Daiya)
Equipment You'll Need:
Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Castiron Pan . Medium Frying Pan . Spatula . Whisk . Mixing Bowl . Food Processor . Small Sauce Pan
Before You Cook:
- Wash and cut all fresh ingredients
- Cook millet (1/2 cup dry + 1 cup water, bring to boil, reduce to simmer on low, cook 15-20)