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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

Frisco Sauce

  • 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


  1. ⁣Prepare the Frisco sauce by combining all ingredients and set aside.

  2. ⁣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!)

  3. Roll your plant based meat into a meatball.

  4. Bring a large pan up to medium heat with a little oil.

  5. Add your buttered bread to the pan along with your plant based meatball.

  6. 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. ⁣

  7. 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!

  8. Add a slice of cheese to your burger patty and cover to melt the cheese.

  9. Once cheese is melted, assemble the burger as shown, add a liberal amount of the Frisco sauce!

  10. ENJOY!


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