Vegan Jalapeno Popper Burger
Updated: Jan 3
Jalapeño Poppers get an upgrade on this Vegan Burger!
Let’s be honest, Jalapeño Poppers are kind of a pain to make. You gotta cut ‘em and deseed em, get cream cheese in ‘em, wrap them in bacon, it’s all just too much! Better to make it in a burger form I always say. I guess that’s why so many burgers on this blog are “a thing, but in burger form” it’s just a superior vessel for food, the burger. I’m not wrong.
In any case, another thing I’ve recently discovered is I really like slicing up fresh jalapeños and grilling them as opposed to using pickled jalapeños. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll pick a peck of pickled peppers in the morning any old day, but in this scenario, I enjoy the texture and bite of a fresh jalapeño.
And because I like spice, I made some Srirancha, which is literally just Sriracha and Ranch. It’s delicious, trust me.
Lastly, cream cheese might sound strange to put on a burger, but let me remind you, you’re wrong, and also cream cheese is a main component of jalapeño poppers, so it’s objectively true that it belongs on this burger. Case closed!
Makes 1 Burger
4 oz plant based meat
2 slices vegan bacon
1 slice vegan cheese
2 Tbsp vegan cream cheese
1 jalapeno, sliced into rings
1 Tbsp vegan ranch
1 Tbsp Sriracha
2 onion rings
Prepare the Srirancha by combining the Ranch and Sriracha and set aside.
Cook the onion rings according to package instructions (make some extra for a side and make extra Srirancha to dip!)
Roll your plant based meat into a meatball.
Bring a large pan up to medium heat with a little oil.
Add your vegan bacon, sliced jalapeños and plant based meat ball to the pan.
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 bacon and jalapeños as needed. You want them to brown slightly, but careful not to burn it! The jalapeños you can actually char a bit and they’ll be great!
After flipping your burger patty, add a slice of cheese and cover to melt the cheese. Before covering, add a bit of water to the pan. The steam will help melt the cheese.
Once cheese is melted, assemble the burger as follows from top to bottom; cream cheese, jalapeños, burger patty with cheese, bacon, onion rings and Srirancha!