These are not a meaty burger. They aren't the type of burgers that you serve your die-hard, meat-loving uncle Hank to try to lure him to the vegan side. In fact, uncle Hank might disown you if you trick him into eating these by telling him that they taste just like beef burgers. On the bright side, this may be an efficient way to cut ties with insufferable relatives.
You: Here, uncle Hank, have one of my vegan burgers. They taste just like meat!
Uncle Hank: *chomp, gag, spit* These taste like beets and walnuts! What have you done to me? Never speak to me again!
You: *smug smirk*
Bright side! Really though, these are definitely a veggie burger. They taste of health. They are soft because they don't have any wheat gluten or other heavy-duty binding ingredients, so they need to go in a soft burger bun or two slices of crust-free bread. No crusty ciabatta rolls for these things.
OK, I feel like I've disclosed all the important stuff now. Let's see'em.
Oh, but I do love them! They are so flavorful and, if you love walnuts like I do, these are the nuttiest burgers who ever nutted. These were inspired by the wonderful Quarter Pounder Beet Burgers from the PPK. They are pantry burgers because they are made with pantry staples and no fresh veg. Fresh ingredients are generally better, of course, but these are for those days when you have nothing left in the fridge and you don't feel like going grocery shopping because that would involve taking off your pj's and putting on pants, and today isn't a pants kind of day.
Walnut and Beet Pantry Burgers
Recipe Type: Entree
Serves: 2 burgers
What To Do:
The fennel and the liquid smoke are vital! Unless fennel makes you gag (you know who you are!) definitely keep it.
This brings us to the matter of the cheese. The cool folks at Galaxy Nutritional Foods sent me some of their vegan products to try. I don't accept products for review very often, but Mr. Wing-It and I are long time fans of their GO Veggie! cheese slices and I really wanted to try the rest of the GO Veggie! vegan line. Mr. Wing-It eats a GO Veggie! cheddar slice with his lunch every day, and whenever we're having burgers for dinner I melt a slice on each of our burgers too. I actually first blogged about the vegan slices way back in 2008 when I had just started this blog! Their vegan products come in purple packaging. The products that come in the blue and green packaging are not vegan. They are soy-free!
We both already knew we liked the cheddar and American style slices, and now we were able to try the GO Veggie! Pepper Jack slices that are nowhere to be found in our area. They are very tasty, and just like the cheddar and American slices, they melt like a dream when covered with a lid to create some steam inside your skillet/frying pan. Exhibit A:
We also tried the GO Veggie! Vegan Cream Cheese alternative. They are creamy and tangy and I'm kind of glad we can't get them in our area or I would be eating a whole tub a day. The Chive and Garlic cream cheese was my absolute favorite! I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. I didn't. But I could have. The Strawberry cream cheese has a strawberry-Greek-yogurt-cheesecake-thing going on. That one I could have eaten with a spoon! I didn't. But I could have. These do have soy in them.
Yeah, that's not a bagel. It's a half of a burger bun with a hole cut in the middle. What can I say? I had envisioned this shot but I didn't feel like making bagels. Consider it a belated April Fools' Day prank!
We also tried the Mozzarella-style shreds and Parmesan, but I have bombarded you with enough pictures today so I will save them for next time.
Awkward disclaimer thing: GO Veggie! sent us these products to try free of charge. The opinions expressed here are my own. Mmkay?