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Vegan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

Vegan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers. With rich, decadent onion rings on top. No, you’re not dreaming.
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They taste like a dream come true, no doubt, but they’re as real as can be, promise! 

I actually made these like months ago. Maybe even last year. I took pictures and even shared one on Instagram, but then the memory card got misplaced. I considered re-making them a million times, but as I’ve lamented before, food bloggers just don’t have a lot of time to re-visit favorite old recipes.

Speaking of which, I have sucked lately at blogging. Like, big-time. My apologies. I know it’s annoying to hear someone talk about how busy they are, but it just seems like I’ve been pulled in about 47 different directions everyday.

Plus, this:

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How am I supposed to cook, let along blog about it, when that little cocker princess is laying around all cute as hell, just demanding to be loved on!?

Still. I’m gonna try to be better. Which is why I’m sharing these burgers with you today!

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I started with a variation of my yummy spicy chickpea burgers as the base, then added a slice of Daiya cheddar, gobs of BBQ sauce, Lightlife Smart Bacon, and Alexia onion rings.  Oh yeah, there was also some Vegenaise schmeared on there because why not? They’re decadent, yes. And I’m not gonna lie, there are some calories hidden in there, but this burger is worth a few extra seconds minutes whatever on the elliptical!

I should also ‘fess up that it’s also pretty messy to eat, so maybe not a good dish to make if you find BBQ sauce smeared on your face, hands, clothes embarrassing. And if you do, just eat it alone 😉

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Vegan BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers
Serves 4
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  1. 1/2 sweet onion
  2. 1/2 red bell pepper
  3. 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  4. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  5. 1 teaspoon each cumin and oregano
  6. 1/4 teaspoon each chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder
  7. 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  8. 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  9. 4 slices Daiya sliced cheddar
  10. 4 buns of choice
  11. 8 onion rings
  12. 8 slices vegan bacon
  13. Additional BBQ sauce for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Spray baking sheet or foil with non-stick spray.
  2. Stir the chia seeds in 3 tablespoons of water, set aside.
  3. Chop the onion and bell pepper into big chunks, and give them a couple pulses in the food processor. Add the beans and pulse a bit more, until everything is mixed and in small bits (but not so long that it turns to liquid!)
  4. Transfer to mixing bowl, straining out any extra liquid. Stir in chia mixture, spices, sauce and panko crumbs.
  5. Form into 4 patties and bake for 15 minutes. Spray and flip, then bake another 10 minutes. Add cheese and put under broiler for 30+ seconds until melted. Build your burgers and enjoy!
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  • Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent September 12, 2014, 7:08 am

    Drooling at my desk, wishing I had this for breakfast. Those onion rings look divine!

    • Barb September 12, 2014, 9:06 am

      They’re so good! I buy them at Whole Foods, they’re my fave!

  • Jennifer September 16, 2014, 8:45 am

    Oh! Those Onion Rings!!!!!

  • Taylor @ What Vegetarians Eat September 30, 2014, 12:00 pm

    This sounds awesome! I’m vegan but my husband is not. He loves burgers, but has also been very impressed by vegan BLTs that he’s tried. I can’t wait to make these and see what he thinks. I haven’t tried many vegan bacon products before. I got a package from Trader Joe’s last week without realizing until I got home that they are made with egg whites o_0 – lame! I’ll definitely try the Lightlife kind.

    • Barb October 1, 2014, 10:43 am

      Ha, I still do that sometimes too. Then I’m like “WHEN am I going to learn!?”

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