Vegan Western Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Updated: Mar 25
The iconic Western Bacon Cheeseburger only VEGAN and SNACK-SIZED!
I'm not sure if my favorite fast food burger is the Big Mac or the Western Bacon Cheeseburger, but it's definitely one of them! And I did consider making some Lil' Big Macs, and I'm sure I will at some point, but I really just wanted some Baby Western Bacon Cheeseburgers and so, I made some!
These really are the most perfect little burgers. You got the smokey, spicy BBQ sauce, the salty veggie bacon, melted cheese, a Baby Beyond Burger and of course the onion ring to add some crunch and ZAP!
I couldn't find any sesame seed slider buns, so I got some regular ones, then brushed them with a bit of melted vegan butter and sprinkled some sesame seeds on 'em. For the onion rings, you can either make some at home, or if you buy some from the store, you'll just have to use the smaller onion rings in the bag. The bacon I used is by All Vegetarian, it's quite large, so I used 4 slices, I cut them in half lengthwise, and then I cut those strips into thirds. If you get a different vegan bacon, you might need more than 4 slices, just FYI! And for the cheese, you just need to cut 3 vegan cheese slices into quarters to get 12 mini-slices.
These are pretty easy, and great for a potluck or Super Bowl Party, so have at em!
Makes 12 Sliders
16 oz plant based meat (Beyond Meat, Lightlife)
4 - 8 slices vegan bacon (cut into thirds)
3 slices vegan cheese (cut into quarters)
1 cup BBQ sauce
12 small onion rings
12 slider buns
1/4 cup melted vegan butter
sesame seeds (optional)
Cook the onion rings according to package instructions. While onion rings are cooking, prepare the rest of the burgers.
Cut your bacon and cheese and set aside.
Melt your butter and brush the slider buns with it. Place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Once onion rings are done cooking, put the slider buns in the oven and turn it off. The residual heat will keep the onion rings warm and will warm up the buns as well. I timed this so that the buns were in the oven right when I flipped my burger patties (around step 9)
Roll your plant based meat into 12 equal meatballs. I cut my block of Beyond Meat one way in third, then the other way in 4ths to get 12 equal sized cubes. Then just roll each cube into a ball.
If you have a double burner griddle, this is a good time to use it. Otherwise use 2 pans or do things in batches. First cook your bacon in a bit of oil over medium heat.
Once bacon is cooked, set aside on a paper towel lined plate.
Add all your meatballs to the griddle over medium heat.
Smash each 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 burgers after about 3-4 minutes.
Hopefully the onion rings are done cooking around now, if so add the buns to the oven and turn off the heat.
After flipping your burger patties, add a slice of cheese to each 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, turn off heat. Take onion rings and buns out of the oven and assemble sliders as follows from bottom to top: BBQ sauce, onion ring, burger patty with cheese, bacon, more BBQ sauce.