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Blue Plate Diner Classic Veggie Burger- Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger

Updated on May 10, 2014
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Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger.  My finished product of the Blue Plate Diner classic.  Personal photo.
Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger. My finished product of the Blue Plate Diner classic. Personal photo.

 

A few months back, I saw American Idol Ruben Studdard reveal he was a vegan on a talk show.  I became curious, and started researching vegan recipes.  I was especially interested in vegan recipes for Soul Food and classic comfort food.  I stumbled across a video of a vegan friendly veggie burger on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, with Guy Fieri.  Guy visited the Blue Plate Diner, and highlighted their veggie burger, which is a huge seller. 

The good news is, they take us step by step through the ingredients and process of making this famous vegan friendly veggie burger.  The bad news is, like many food shows, they do not give a recipe

So this is my stab at the famous Blue Plate Diner Veggie Burger.  I made it, and have lots of pictures.  The recipe presented here incorporates the changes that I would make based on my first experience. 

I will update you as the recipe evolves.  If you’re looking for a tasty, filling vegan friendly veggie burger though, I’d say my first attempt was a success.  I’m sure this first round of fine tuning will make it better.  I don’t think you need to wait until it’s perfected before you try this recipe.  After all, perfecting most recipes is an “individualizing” process don’t you think?

 

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Blue Plate Diner Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger

 

 

Ingredients

1 can Garbanzo beans, thoroughly drained

1 can Black beans, thoroughly drained, liquid reserved

1 c quick oats

2 c water

½ c Japanese Panko

½ c flour

½ Tbsp Chili powder

1 Tbsp Lawry’s garlic with parsley

½ Tbsp granulated onion powder

1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

1/8 tsp Pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne

½ c chopped celery

½ c chopped onion

 

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I suggest processing the garbanzos first, then add the black beans. Personal photo.  Process until there are no large pieces of garbanzo.  Personal photo.Transfer beans to large bowl.
I suggest processing the garbanzos first, then add the black beans. Personal photo.
I suggest processing the garbanzos first, then add the black beans. Personal photo.
Process until there are no large pieces of garbanzo.  Personal photo.
Process until there are no large pieces of garbanzo. Personal photo.
Transfer beans to large bowl.
Transfer beans to large bowl.

 

Instructions

 

1- The garbanzos take more time in the food processor to break up than the black beans.  Pour drained garbanzo beans into food processor.  Pulse until broken up.  Add a little bean juice if needed. 

2- Pour in black beans and pulse until broken up.  Pour both in large bowl. 

 

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Cook oatmeal per package instructions.  Personal photo.Add oatmeal to bowl.  Personal photo.
Cook oatmeal per package instructions.  Personal photo.
Cook oatmeal per package instructions. Personal photo.
Add oatmeal to bowl.  Personal photo.
Add oatmeal to bowl. Personal photo.

 

 

 

3- Cook ¾ cup oats in 1 ½ cup water.  Cook per package directions, about 5 minutes for quick cooking oats.  Add oats to bowl with beans. 

 

 

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Add flour.  Personal photo. Add Panko bread crumbs. Personal photo.  Add seasonings.  Personal photo.
Add flour.  Personal photo.
Add flour. Personal photo.
Add Panko bread crumbs. Personal photo.
Add Panko bread crumbs. Personal photo.
Add seasonings.  Personal photo.
Add seasonings. Personal photo.

 

 

 

4- Add flour, Panko, and seasonings.  Mix thoroughly. 

 

 

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Add celery and onion.  Stir to combine.  Personal photo. Your mixture is complete!  Personal photo.
Add celery and onion.  Stir to combine.  Personal photo.
Add celery and onion. Stir to combine. Personal photo.
Your mixture is complete!  Personal photo.
Your mixture is complete! Personal photo.

 

 

 

5- Add celery and onion.  Mix well. 

 

 

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Beautiful vegan friendly veggie burgers.  Personal photo.  Yield: 6+ large veggie burger patties. Personal photo.
Beautiful vegan friendly veggie burgers.  Personal photo.
Beautiful vegan friendly veggie burgers. Personal photo.
Yield: 6+ large veggie burger patties. Personal photo.
Yield: 6+ large veggie burger patties. Personal photo.

 

 

 

6- Form thin patties the diameter of your bun (thinner than my picture). 

 

 

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Allow patties to brown at least moderately before carefully turning. Personal photo.  Almost ready!  Personal photo.
Allow patties to brown at least moderately before carefully turning. Personal photo.
Allow patties to brown at least moderately before carefully turning. Personal photo.
Almost ready!  Personal photo.
Almost ready! Personal photo.

 

 

 

7- Fry patties in a hot pan with oil. 

 

 

 

Watch Guy and the Blue Plate Diner make Veggie Burgers

In Case You’re Interested in My Lessons Learned from my First Veggie Burgers

I learned that canned garbanzo beans are very firm compared to black beans. I put the beans in the food processor together. I would definitely recommend doing the garbanzos first. I don’t think you need to empty them out before adding the black beans though. The black beans are relatively soft and work up quickly.

My other mistake regarding the beans was that I only partially drained them. Next time I’m thoroughly draining the beans, but retaining the liquid just in case I need more moisture in the food processor or with the final burgers.

In the recipe above, I increased the flour, water, and oats slightly from my original amounts. I hope this will bind the final product together a little better.

I couldn’t taste much spice in my first veggie burgers, so I doubled most of the seasonings.

 

I used an electric chopper to process the onions and celery. I don’t mind getting a chunk of onion, but I don’t like celery as well, and tend to use a fine chop in recipes. At ¼ cup each, they both got lost! I doubled both of them here, but may actually bump them up to ¾ cup each when I prepare these veggie burgers next time. I’m thinking about bumping the Panko up to 1 cup too. I think the onion and celery will provide moisture when the burgers cook.

These non-meat burgers don’t shrink! They also are not firm like meat protein. Be careful when pan frying the burgers, because they will break fairly easily. Likewise, they will fall apart easily when you eat them. Next time I think I will make my burgers thinner.

My original effort yielded 6 large burgers. They made a large, filling sandwich. We froze 4 of them and have already eaten frozen and thawed burgers. They were just as good as the fresh ones.

With the modifications to the recipe, and with the recommendation of making thinner burgers, you may get about 10 vegan friendly veggie burgers.

 

My Results with Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger!

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    Hezapeck 5 weeks ago

    We've enjoyed this recipe for the past few years as part of our menu rotation. I can actually count on the kids to happily eat the burgers, which isn't always the case with my cooking. ;) Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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    FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

    Looking forward to trying this!

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    modgirlok 6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Thanks for the great hub and easy step-by-step tutorial. I look forward to trying these soon.

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    rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Marlo, I would probably substitute Progresso bread crumbs, or maybe use some dry oats.

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    MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

    Great recipe - I am going to bookmark this and try it this weekend. Is there anything else I can substitute for ½ c Japanese Panko? Thanks!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    chechetka I'm so glad you tried the recipe. Thanks for letting me know!

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    chechetka 7 years ago from London, UK

    Yeah, I did:) My boyfriend is a big burger lover! Homemade beef burger was his favorite meal before going vegan... So we are always on a look out for new recipes. This one went down pretty well, we especially liked the taste of celery in it:)

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks chechetka for visiting. I see you checked out one of my other veggie burger hubs too.

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    chechetka 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for this hub! My partner is vegan, so I will try this one out for him:)

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    fucsia, Please let me know how it comes out!

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    fucsia 7 years ago

    I found you because I was looking for some ideas to stuff my vegetarians sandwiches to exits trek!

    I will try your recipe! thank you!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for your support prasetio!

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I like your recipes, It looks healthy Burger. I'll try to make it soon. Thank you very much for share about this. Thumbs Up, my friend,

    Prasetio

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks anglnwu!

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Very nice layout with great pictures. Good luck on your nomination.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for your ongoing support ethel and pdh.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    Thumbs up Rm and congrats, I love healthy recipes and this one is definitely a healthy one! Maita

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    Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Sounds a tasty alternative to meat burgers whether you are vegan or not. I like the useful tips you have learned and shared.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks akirchner. My brother takes the pictures. It makes it so much faster and easier than having to stop, or having to shoot with one hand and demo with the other!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks habee. I'm anxious to try this one again, with the spices, onions, and celery bumped way up!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks money for your ongoing support.

    Thanks pink.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks steph! Your comment was the first I knew about my nomination.

    I really like the thin bread/buns too. We buy them in quantities of 3 (or 4?) from Costco. I wanted to include the exact name and brand of these, but already threw out the outer bag with the name.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Nice job and love that you did your own photos! Congrats on the nom.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    vrajavala, Ruben lost 40 lbs at Duke, then another 60 lbs, which put him back at the weight he was on Idol- he gained 100 lbs after Idol! He favors Morning Star products, but there are lots of dubious ingredients in those.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks charanjeet and viking! My brother took the pictures while I was preparing the burgers. This makes it so much quicker and easier.

    Thanks for your ongoing support Paradise!

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

    Great job, RM! I like veggie burgers!

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    pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

    ..woh interesting recipe and healthy... yummy!^.^ Congratulations ma'am!^.^

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Awesome RM, Congrats, on being selected as a "Best Hub" nominee this week. Great job, good luck!

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    Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Looks really delicious - I also love using those thin buns that you've pictured with the veggie burger. Congrats on your nomination and good luck!

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    vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

    wow, I could not believe that Reuben lost 80 pounds after he started being a vegetarian. good for him.

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    Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

    Another winner from RM!! Thanks!

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    L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

    Wow Rmcrayne that veggie burger sure does look deliciuos. I LOVE my meat I must admit but reading your very easy instructions here has wetted my appetite to give this veggie and vegan no less burger a try. Thanks

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    charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

    Rmcrayne, fell in love with your easy to follow directions. The pictures and the step by step makes it so easy. I will surely try this one. This healhty variation of the veggie burger is so full of nutrition.

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