Vegan Frisco Burger
Updated: Jan 2
A Childhood Classic from Marie Callender's made VEGAN!
This was my favorite Burger when I was a little kid. We’d go to Marie Callender’s once a week and I’m pretty sure I ordered this exclusively. Back then when I found something I liked, I stuck with it. I remember I used to ask to eat Macaroni and Cheese so often that my mom tried to make me sick of it by letting me eat it every night. After a week she realized I called her bluff and I could actually eat it every night! In your face MOM!
But I digress! This Burger hit all the notes that I remember. It’s probably been close to 25 years since I’ve had one of these, but I was instantly transported back to 1980s Van Nuys on the first bite.
The two things that make a Frisco Burger unique is the Parmesan Grilled Sourdough and the Frisco sauce, which is essentially spicy Thousand Island!
Makes 1 Burger
1-2 slices sourdough bread (depending on size of bread)
1 Tbsp vegan butter
1/2 Tbsp vegan parmesan (finely grated, like the powder stuff)
4 oz plant based meat
1 slice vegan cheese
A few pieces of lettuce
1-2 slices tomato
Dill pickle slices
1 Tbsp vegan mayo
1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1/4 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1/4 Tbsp hot sauce
Dash of smoked paprika
Dash of vinegar
Prepare the Frisco sauce by combining all ingredients and set aside.
Spread the vegan butter on both sides of your sourdough bread and add the parmesan cheese as well. A shake of garlic powder never hurt anybody either (except Dracula of course!)
Roll your plant based meat into a meatball.
Bring a large pan up to medium heat with a little oil.
Add your buttered bread to the pan along with your plant based meatball.
Smash the meatball with a spatula to form a patty. You can use some cooking spray or a piece of parchment / wax paper on your spatula to keep it from sticking.
Flip your burger after about 3-4 minutes. Flip the buttered bread as needed. You want it to brown slightly, but careful not to burn it!
Add a slice of cheese to your burger patty and cover to melt the cheese.
Once cheese is melted, assemble the burger as shown, add a liberal amount of the Frisco sauce!