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Vegan Fuddrucker's Cheeseburger

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

A childhood favorite VEGANIZED!

As a kid growing up in the '90s, there weren't too many places I liked better than Fuddrucker's. I'm pretty sure I petitioned my parents every Friday night to go. The main reason I loved it so much (besides the awesome 1950s Rock n' Roll vibe) was the fact that you got to dress your own burger! They had the standard fixins naturally, but the star of the show was the giant NACHO CHEESE dispenser that had a seemingly unlimited supply of cheese. I would go to town with that cheese let me tell you!

In order to get the Nacho Cheese flavor, I added a bit of Jalapeno Brine to the mix, and it's exactly like I remember! Butter your buns liberally too, and make some Potato Wedges as well. I should have a recipe for those soon, so keep your peepers peeled!

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Makes 1 Burger

  • 4-5 oz plant based meat

  • Dill pickle slices

  • Tomato Slice

  • 1 Tbsp vegan mayo

  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce

  • Vegan Brioche Bun (or bun of choice)

  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter

  • 1 Tbsp Flour

  • 1/3 cup plant-milk

  • 3 oz vegan cheese shreds

  • 1 Tbsp brine from pickled jalapenos

  • 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

  • Dash of turmeric

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Let's make the Cheese Sauce! Melt butter in a pan over medium heat.

  2. Add flour slowly, whisk thoroughly and cook for 1 minute.

  3. Add plant milk slowly and whisk. Add the jalapeno brine. Bring to a simmer.

  4. Add vegan cheese and stir until melted.

  5. Add all the seasonings and adjust to your taste, keep warm, covered on low.

  6. Toast your buns in a pan with the butter. Once golden brown, remove from pan.

  7. Roll your burger meat into a meatball, and place on the same pan. Smash with a spatula to form a patty. You can use some wax or parchment paper between the spatula and burger to keep from sticking. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

  8. Assemble the burger as follow from bottom to top: vegan mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomato, burger, cheese sauce, top bun! If you have extra cheese sauce you can throw it on top of some fries or dip your burger in it for extra cheesiness!

  9. ENJOY!

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