Friday, January 23, 2009

BLT and Avocado Burger!

Let me start off by saying, there is an INSANE amount of imitation bacon bits in this recipe! BUT, don't fret, just make your own! Seriously, though, what's a BLT without a ton of bacon?

Ingredients (makes 4 HUGE burgers)
1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup imitation bacon bits
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp steak sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
2 medium ripe avocados
at least 4 leaves of lettuce (I like green leaf)

Mix together flours, bacon bits, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix together tomatoes, oil, steak sauce and ketchup. Add wet to dry and knead together until uniformly mixed. Let sit 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep a baking sheet by lining with parchment or a silicone baking sheet.

Divide mixture into 8 equal pieces, and flatten each piece. Place 1/2 of one avocado, mushed, into the center of 4 of the flattened pieces.

Sandwich with the remaining four pieces and seal the edges.

Bake, covered in foil, for 20 minutes, flip and bake an additional 15 minutes. Serve on a toasty bun with a schmear of vegan mayo and, of course, a nice leaf of crispy lettuce!


allularpunk said...

these look completely awesome!

Anonymous said...

This sounds phenomenal!!!

Sarah said...

those look awesome!!

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PurpleStick. said...

Ohh, avos and veggie burgers are a match made in heaven. I have a question though, I have never frozen avocado, nor do I know how avocados do with freezing/defrosting. Do you think these are fine to freeze?

Anonymous said...

Oh my!! Why didn't we get to test these! I don't feel so special when everyone gets to try them at the same time!!! :)

Joni Marie Newman said...

sorry liz :)

purplestick...It only makes 4 burgers, so if possible, eat 'em all within a few days. I tried freezing them, and they were okay, but a little tougher than I wanted them to be, but still edible.

julie hasson said...

These burgers look great Joni! Did you make them with the homemade bits or store-bought?

I love the new site!

Joni Marie Newman said...


BOTH, I had some storebought that I wanted to use up, and finished up with the home made, who has a whole cup of storebought? That's crazy :)

Jen Treehugger said...

Oh my!!
They look totally YUM!
I'll try subbing the Baco bits for liquid smoke.....I'll see if that works.
Thanks for the recipe.

panda with cookie said...

Those look amazing. Amazing.

Angie Eats Peace said...

Seriously, these were defrickinlicious. A million thanks!

Chris said...

I love how easy it is to make faux-meat on your own nowadays (mostly thanks to the increasing availability of vital wheat gluten); we get to be even more creative as evinced by your avocado burgers here. I am going to be mischievous next time I go home and try to pass these off as real meat, so thank you! :P

in2insight said...

I made these the other day.
They were good. Having no baco bits, I used faken and I think that they just were not the right ingredient.
Need to find some organic TVP and make my own bits.
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, these were delicious!!!

marciferous said...

Wow, would LOVE to try these, but am allergic to wheat - is there a substitute for the vital wheat gluten, or could it be left out altogether?

leslie said...

i made these last night, and wow - they are gigantic! i used your bacon bits recipe - awesome. there were only two of us, so i made two avocado stuffed, and i made the other two plain. they were very good. sort of reminded me of boca chicken patties.

thanks for the recipe, i'll be making these again and passing the link along for sure!

kibbles said...

I'v been waiting too long to make these! The day has come! And I'm happy to find out via google that I can freeze avocado, so I'm gonna freeze three of them since I cannot eat four huge burgs. Thanks for the recipe. :)

Kathryn V said...

you guys are out of your mind... those 'burgers' look NASTY.... like something jake would eat.

in one word: GROSS

Joni Marie Newman said...

who's jake?

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Looks totally delicious. :)

Jenn said...

bacon bits are nasty!

Joni Marie Newman said...

Jenn, I agree! That's why I created a recipe to make imitation bacon bits that are yummy, not nasty! Check it out: and for a no oil version look here:

Mar said...

These look so delicious and tempting, but is there any way to make these without wheat or gluten? Thanks!

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