Vegan Al Pastor Burger
Updated: Jan 16
All the smokey, pineappley flavors of Al Pastor in Burger form!
If you’re not familiar with Al Pastor, it’s a Mexican marinade made with citrus juice (I’m using lime, pineapple and orange juice) and dried peppers that have been rehydrated and blended up with garlic, oregano and other seasonings.
This marinade is usually used (unfortunately) with pork, but since we don’t eat cute little piggies around here, we’ll be putting it on a Beyond Burger. Now this recipe will give you more marinade than you need for the burger, but you can use it on tacos, burritos etc. It works well with tofu, soy curls, or any other plant-based meat you have! It should be good in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Makes 1 Burger
4 oz plant-based meat
1 slice vegan cheese
1 slice of pineapple
1-2 Tbsp vegan sour cream
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp Herdez guacamole salsa or 2 Tbsp avocado / guacamole
Al Pastor Sauce
3 dried guajillo chiles
1 dried pasilla chile
1/2 cup pineapple juice
Juice of 2 limes
5 cloves garlic
2 oz. achiote paste
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp chipotle powder
2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Let’s make the al pastor sauce! Toast the chiles in a pot over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add enough water (or veggie broth) to immerse the peppers and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the peppers are soft.
Transfer chiles into a blender with all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Grill your buns in a little oil or vegan butter in a pan over medium heat. Once they are browned, remove from pan and set aside.
Take your 4 oz of plant-based meat, roll into a ball, place on a pan over medium heat and smash with a spatula to form a patty. Brush it with some of the al pastor sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes.
If you want to grill your pineapple, add it to the pan as well. You want to get it slightly browned, but not burned, so keep an eye on it!
Flip the patty, brush it with a bit more sauce, then add the vegan cheese slice and cover. Before covering, add a bit of water to the pan to steam the cheese and help it melt faster.
Flip the pineapple slice as well if you haven't already.
Once cheese is melted and pineapple is grilled to your liking, remove from pan.
Assemble burger as follows; bottom bun, Herdez salsa or avocado, pineapple slice, burger with cheese, al pastor sauce, cilantro, spread some sour cream on the top bun.