Vegan Frisco Burger
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! I recommend the finely grated parmesan, or if you can only find the shredded or blocks, I then would suggest blending them up to a chunky powder, so good mixed in with some butter and garlic!
For the bread, you can either use store bought sourdough or home made obviously. I like using the longer loaves from the bakery section so I can cut it however thick I want!
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Makes 1 Burger
2 slices sourdough bread
1 Tbsp vegan butter
1 clove garlic (crushed / minced)
1 Tbsp vegan parmesan (finely grated, like the powder stuff)
4 oz plant based meat
1 slice vegan cheese
Dill pickle slices
1 Tbsp vegan mayo
1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp hot sauce
Dash of smoked paprika
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of vinegar
Prepare the Frisco sauce by combining all ingredients and set aside in the fridge.
Let the butter come to room temperature (so it's softened) and add the minced garlic clove and parmesan cheese, stir to combine.
Spread the garlic parmesan butter on your bread and grill over medium heat until golden brown and set aside.
Roll your plant based meat into a meatball or form into a patty with a burger press.
Add your burger patty to the pan and cook for 3-4 mins.
If doing a smash burger, 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. Add the cheese, then a little bit of water to the pan, and cover immediately to steam and melt the cheese.
Once cheese is melted, assemble the burger as shown, add a liberal amount of the Frisco sauce!