I’ve been pretty dang lucky in my time as a vegan in that I’ve craved meat approximately once (I contribute this entirely to not enjoying it prior). Not bad for three year’s time! However, there is a sense of nostalgia for certain non-vegan-friendly dishes. That’s where my vegan copycat McDonald’s burger comes in.
I have fond memories of stopping with Mom for a sweet tea before a long road trip or after a particularly gruelling band practice. We didn’t go to McDonald’s often, but it was something special—besides, it’s awfully difficult to avoid the ever-present golden arches forever.
Even if you aren’t looking for something to stir up nostalgia, there’s value in this recipe. Some pre-made veggie burgers are better than others, and homemade tends to be even better than the best of those. But sometimes even your favourite patty needs a little something extra (and it might even make Uncle Arnold stop teasing you about your “weird, fake sandwich!”).
Vegan Copycat McDonald's Burger
Our vegan copycat McDonald's burger is the perfect setup for your favourite veggie burger---kick it up a notch!
- 1 patty your favourite veggie burger
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 tsp white onion, finely minced
- 3 dill pickle chips
- 1 hamburger bun of choice
Prepare your burger as you wish (I especially like to grill a Boca burger).
Place patty on lower half of bun.
Swirl ketchup on top bun, followed by mustard. Bonus points if you swirl them in opposite directions to make it extra "fancy!"
Top ketchup and mustard with minced onion.
Place pickle chips evenly on top of burger patty.
Top lower bun half, patty, and pickles with the top half of the bun (with condiments).
Add lettuce, tomato, avocado, “cheese,” or whatever you like best to make it the ultimate burger!