Blue Plate Diner Classic Vegan-Friendly Veggie Burger

Updated on September 30, 2018
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Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger.  My finished product of the Blue Plate Diner classic.
Vegan Friendly Veggie Burger. My finished product of the Blue Plate Diner classic. | Source

Taking a Guess at the Recipe

Around 2010, I saw American Idol Ruben Studdard reveal that 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 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and highlighted their veggie burger, which is a huge seller.

The good news is that they take us step by step through the ingredients and the process of making this famous vegan-friendly veggie burger. The bad news is that like many food shows, they do not provide a recipe in terms of ingredients with amounts. So, I rolled up my sleeves and set to work developing a successful recipe.

Lessons Learned from my First Attempt

I drafted my first recipe in 2010, made the burgers, and took lots of photos. My biggest misstep was making my patties way too thick. When you bit into them, they were really soft, and it was obvious that they were bean burgers. They fell apart easily while cooking, and they fell apart even more when eating them. They tasted pretty good, but I knew I could do much better.

I overhauled the recipe, adjusting almost all the ingredients according to my lessons learned. I pretty much doubled the spices, celery, and onion. I increased the flour and panko. Then I published. Pretty risky I know, but a few people got back to me and said the burgers were really good. I finally got around to making the burgers again and was very satisfied with the revised recipe. I made only a few additional tweaks.

Ingredients for Veggie Burgers
Ingredients for Veggie Burgers | Source

Ingredients

Yield: 12 patties

  • 1 cup garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup black beans, drained
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup Japanese panko
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Lawry’s garlic with parsley
  • ½ Tbsp granulated onion powder
  • ½ Tbsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Cook quick oats in 1 ½ cups of water, for about 5 minutes. Cook ahead of time and set aside to cool.
  2. Pulse garbanzo beans in the food processor to break up. Pour into large mixing bowl.
  3. Pulse black beans in the food processor. They are softer and will be mushy compared to the garbanzos. Pour into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add oats, flour, panko, and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add celery and onion. Mix well.
  6. Form thin patties the diameter of your bun. (Patties won’t shrink with cooking.)
  7. Heat oil in skillet, and fry patties on medium heat until crispy, about 5 minutes each side.

Photo Tutorial

Black beans, garbanzo beans, cooked oatmeal with spices mixed in
Black beans, garbanzo beans, cooked oatmeal with spices mixed in | Source
Panko and flour added
Panko and flour added | Source
Black beans garbanzo beans, oatmeal, spices, flour and panko mixed together
Black beans garbanzo beans, oatmeal, spices, flour and panko mixed together | Source
Add chopped celery and onions
Add chopped celery and onions | Source
Mix everything together well
Mix everything together well | Source

Watch Guy and the Blue Plate Diner make Veggie Burgers

Additional Tips and Comments

  • I cooked my oats the day before. I used quick oats, which are to be cooked 5 minutes, but cooked them about 20 minutes, like I would cook 5-minute grits. Next time I think I’ll just cook the oats 5 minutes, as I think this could be a different texture experience for the final burger.
  • After my oats cooled, I added all my spices, and mixed them into the oats, and refrigerated overnight. I figured this would be like putting the spaghetti sauce in the fridge overnight and intensify the flavors.
  • I used dried beans. I soaked, then cooked the chickpeas ahead of time. I drained enough to measure 1 cup after draining, and put the rest in the freezer. I had cooked, drained black beans in the freezer, and measured out 1 cup.
  • You can use rinsed and drained canned beans and peas. A can will yield a little over 1 cup of drained beans. If the yield is 1¼ cups, I’d probably go ahead and use all of them.

My Overly Thick Burger From My First Attempt

My first trial, I made my patties way too thick. They broke apart easily during cooking and when trying to eat them. They were also mushy inside.
My first trial, I made my patties way too thick. They broke apart easily during cooking and when trying to eat them. They were also mushy inside. | Source

Make Thin Patties

Make thin patties, and fry them crispy
Make thin patties, and fry them crispy | Source

Tips and Comments, Continued

  • These non-meat burgers don’t shrink! After my first time preparing the burgers, I learned that I needed to make the patties the size of my buns.
  • It’s also important to make your patties as thin as possible. I wore disposable gloves and had a bit of trouble with the patties sticking to my gloved fingers. This turned out to be a safeguard from making the patties too thin.
  • My patties from my first draft recipe broke apart easily while cooking. My recipe revisions took care of the problem.
  • I fried the patties until a little crispy. I fried about 5 minutes on each side.
  • I got 12 patties from this recipe and froze some. I froze most of them and have already eaten frozen and thawed burgers. They were just as good as the fresh ones.
  • I tasted the patty by itself, and I could taste the panko. Funny, because Guy Fieri said in the video that the panko would help bind the patties, but not impart taste. I might try a different panko. Really though, I think I just won’t try to eat the patty like a hamburger steak. When assembled on a bun with typical hamburger toppings, these patties made a very tasty burger. I surprised myself and ate two!

My Results with my Revised Veggie Burger Recipe

The recipe made 12 thin patties
The recipe made 12 thin patties | Source
Veggie burger with tomatoes and onions
Veggie burger with tomatoes and onions | Source

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Questions & Answers

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    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      2 months ago from San Antonio Texas

      Hezapeck, do you mean you've used my recipe? Just curious if you made additional modifications to improve the burgers. I'm about to try another batch.

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      Hezapeck 

      6 months 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 

      12 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.

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      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 

      7 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!

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      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:)

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      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:)

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      fucsia, Please let me know how it comes out!

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      fucsia 

      8 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!

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks for your support prasetio!

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      prasetio30 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks anglnwu!

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

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

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks for your ongoing support ethel and pdh.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 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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      Ethel Smith 

      8 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.

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 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!

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 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!

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks money for your ongoing support.

      Thanks pink.

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Washington

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

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great job, RM! I like veggie burgers!

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      pinkhawk 

      8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

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

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      Money Glitch 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Another winner from RM!! Thanks!

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      L M Reid 

      8 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 

      8 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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