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Friday
Feb222013

the ultimate loaded veggie burger

It’s Friday.

You’re probably aware.

You’re ready for the weekend.

And this burger is ready for your mouth. So let’s get right down to business.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

I wanted to go all out with this burger. Topping GA-lore. You ready?

Crunchy potato topping.

Check.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

Avocado lime cream.

Check.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

Simple black bean burgers.

Check.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

An everything topped bun.

Check.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

FEAST.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

This recipe was actually inspired by Lindsey’s [from Love & Olive Oil] new book, Breakfast for Dinner. I received a copy of her book a few weeks ago and was blown away. The recipes, the photography, the design + layout. Everything. This book is spectacular, and I just can’t seem to put it down. Many of the recipes are easily adapted to be vegetarian or vegan and gluten-free, too.

For instance, Lindsay’s Sunny-Side-Up Burger, on page 62. Lindsay uses ground sirloin and tops the burger with crispy russet potatoes, a sunny-side-up egg, and cheese. I couldn’t stop gawking at the photo with the drippy egg, and I knew I had to recreate it.

Starting with the bun.

Say goodbye to sad gluten-free buns. I’ve got a 5 minute GF bun facelift you are sure to L-O-V-E! Remember the everything topping on my rosemary quick bread? Oh yes. Just like an everything bagel!

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

Then, instead of russet potatoes I roasted grated sweet potatoes until they were super crisp. A crispy burger topping is where it’s AT!

The avocado cream sauce is made with avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice + zest, garlic, and salt, then blended until smooth.

You’ll want to slather it on. Seriously. Don’t be shy.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

And then the egg. But you knew that was coming.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

Maybe you’re thinking, this is too much.

But I assure you it is not.

It is exactly perfect.

Messy, super messy, and perfect.

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

Print this!

The Ultimate Loaded Veggie Burger gluten-free // yields 6 burgers + toppings

inspired by: Sunny-Side-Up Burgers from Breakfast for Dinner, p.62

Simple Black Bean Burgers

Avocado Lime Cream

adapted from: Avocado Cream Sauce from Breakfast for Dinner, p.23

  • 1 cup mashed avocado, about 1 1/2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until fully smooth.
  2. Taste. Add more salt and/or lime juice to your preference, but note that flavors develop and come together as the cream chills.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Taste and make final adjustments.

notes: This can be made a day ahead as the lime juice will keep it from browning. Note that the tanginess of your Greek yogurt will vary the taste of the recipe. I used Wallaby 2% organic which is very creamy with a mellow tang.

Everything Buns

Udi's gluten-free, multi-grain buns are my favorite

  • 6 gluten-free buns
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons large flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat your oven to broil over high.
  2. Brush the tops of your buns with a light coating of whisked egg.
  3. Sprinkle the everything topping on each bun.
  4. Place top up on a baking sheet and place on the center rack in your oven for about 3-5 minutes until the tops are lightly browned and the egg is dry. Watch closely to avoid burning.
  5. Flip over and toast for another 3-5 minutes if desired. Toast the bottoms if desired as well.

Crispy Grated Sweet Potatoes

  • 5 cups grated sweet potatoes, about 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • generous sprinkling of salt + pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 350* F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Spread half of the grated potatoes on each pan and gently squeeze with a towel to soak up some of the moisture.
  3. Toss with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil over each.
  4. Sprinkle with salt + pepper and toss until fully coated.
  5. Spread evenly and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Toss, evenly spread out, then bake for another 15-25 minutes. Toss 2-3 times during that time.
  7. Remove when golden brown and crisp. They will crisp more as they cool.

Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

  • 6 large eggs
  • coconut oil or ghee
  1. Heat a small pan [non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron] over medium-low heat and grease with coconut oil, ghee, or another butter/oil.
  2. While heating, crack 1 egg in a bowl.
  3. Once the pan is hot pour the egg carefully into the pan, being careful to not break the yolk.
  4. Place a lid on the pan, slightly cracked, and let cook 2-4 minutes until the white is just fully cooked. Check on the egg frequently, so the yolk does not become too firm.
  5. Carefully remove from the pan and place on a warmed plate.
  6. Repeat until all eggs are cooked.

notes: There are many methods for cooking sunny-side-up eggs, but this is the one I like best to make sure the whites fully cook. It may take an egg or two to figure out the exact cook time with your pan + stove. I would start cooking the eggs about 10 minutes before the potatoes are done. Two pans help speed up the process.

Assembly

bottom bun > lettuce > burger > crispy potatoes > egg > avocado cream > everything bun top

the ultimate loaded veggie burger // edible perspective

Maybe you don’t make this tonight.

But definitely on Saturday.

And again on Sunday. It’s worth it.

Ashley

Reader Comments (54)

Yes. Yes. Yes. This is right up my alley. I love that book, right? I also love the idea of crispy potatoes and the avocado cream -- we do a lot of sweet potato fries and avocado slices, but this would make them even better. Thanks for the ideas!
I'm on a constant hunt for the perfect veggie burger, and this looks like a winner! :D
These looked unreal on instagram and they look even more amazing here. Absolutely beautiful pics!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGina
OMG that looks so good! I want that!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Tadic
I love the addition of crispy, shredded sweet potato on top! These photos are amazing.
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna {Herbivore Triathlete}
"And this burger is ready for your mouth." Haha - there has got to be some TWSS phrase to go after that.

I love love love the crispy sweet potatoes! These would be a great addition to anything, even just a pile of these topped with a fried egg would make the perfect breakfast.
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKierstan
When I am not longer pregnant and am allowed to eat ooey gooey drippy eggs again, I WILL be trying out this recipe!! Drooooool....
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ My Pink Thumb
I just had to stop by and comment that these pictures are PHENOMENAL. I don't even like runny eggs so I'll be making them without but wowwwww those last two pictures had me drooling. Amazing!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane
Ahhh, this looks amazing. And absolutely love the runny egg pictures. Definitely know how tricky it can be to capture that on camera! You only have so much time, haha. Super creative, especially with the everything topping for the buns, sweet potatoes, and avocado cream. Can you send one my way, please?
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)
@Ashley - Yes, fabulous book! The avocado cream was such a delicious change of pace! And the crispy sweet potatoes reminded me of a crispy onion casserole topping.

@Gina - Thank you, Gina!

@Kierstan - I'm sure one could easily be made. haha And yes, the crispy potato would be good on SO many things as would the avocado cream. Like, baked sweet potato with black beans, avocado cream, and an egg on top! :) I think I just figured out what lunch is going to be.

@Laura - I definitely recommend trying it even without the egg! I had a few bites w/o the egg and just the crispy potatoes + avocado cream...still so good...and messy. ;)

@Jane - I am so flattered you think so. Truly appreciate it!

@Laura - Haha, definitely not easy! I had one hand on the bun to crack the yolk and one on the shutter which I had turned to the high speed setting. Pushed the bun down, broke the yolk, and then held down the shutter! :) I need a remote shutter actuator.
February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
No words. Just emotions.
Ok some words: THIS LOOKS FREAKING INSANE. Can you make it for me? Kthanx<3
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Ashley, you killed it! If you come to Cleveland, I'll drive to you for 2 things: photos of Jeff and I for our anniversary and for photography lessons :-) You're amazing! And I'm certainly going to make some of these burgers with a paleo twist (sans corn/oats...it will be experimental to say the least)!! :-)
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa
the semi-homemade buns look fantastic... as does the whole masterpiece - yummy. burger book next? ;)
Wow!! You weren't kidding about going all out. I will definitely have to try this!!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah The Architect
Good Lord, really?? Time and again after reading your posts I think, "I hope her husband knows how lucky he is." Yum!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
@Monica - Bahahaa :) He is definitely appreciative of all the food!
February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Oh. my. goodness. Shut the front door with this!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ The Frosted Vegan
This is my kind of sandwich -- looks unreal!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie
Um, drool. Totally a Saturday or Sunday meal!!! I love the idea of crispy sweet potatoes on top and then the runny egg?! the texture alone is blowing my mind. you're hitting all the right notes on this one. can't wait to try!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
holy cow, this is my kind of veggie burger. Love the egg on top!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera farmer in the dell
Okay, this looked amazing before the egg, but oh my gosh! The egg just put it over the top girl!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
I cannot make this fast enough! And how stunning is that photo with the yolk oozing down! I need to make this right now. Right. Now.
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris @ Shared Appetite
Um, this veggie burger is full of genius ideas! I love the crispy sweet potato topping!!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah @ two tarts
This + citrus sangria next time I come over. I'm making a list of meals.
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Oh my goodness. This burger looks phenomenal. I'm not big on burgers most of the time... but this would be a happy indulgence when the craving hits! (:
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @ Forbidden Rice Blog
It's funny that you posted this today--I've had your burger reciped pinned for a long time now and finally made them last night for the first time. My family and I agreed this is our new favorite bean burger recipe and will be our standard go-to from now on. I can't wait to try it with these new delicious-sounding additions!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandy
@Candy - That is really funny!! I'm so so glad the family enjoyed them. YAY! :) Hope you like the new additions.
February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Not too much, definitely perfect. YUM! :)
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Talk Less, Say More
This is such a great burger, crunchy bits are always my favorite in sandwiches. i used to put crisp onions in my burger before but i can not wait to try this. Perfect for meet free week later this month!
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @themoonblushbaker
Now THIS is a sandwich! Seriously, it looks incredible and combines some of my favorite foods.
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess S. @ Floptimism
Can't wait to make this! I think the crunchy sweet potato will be good on so many things. I will have to break out the food processor tomorrow!
:) Hope you are great! Let me know next time you are home or planning a trip!
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Hostess
WOW epic post - it must have taken you days! Very impressive. Love a beautiful vegetarian burger, the good ones aren't always easy to come by.
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
@Belinda - Yes! The sweet potatoes totally reminded me of crispy onions. Enjoy!

@The healthy hostess - I will definitely keep you posted! No plans as of yet.

@Zoe - Thanks so much!
February 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I was on board til I realized there was egg on it...gross...
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergin
Girl. These look damn good! Egg and all. Although I'm sure if someone didn't care for egg (like the person above who's named after that alcoholic beverage that tastes like pine needles) - they could easily omit it, no?
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae
OMG I can't even with this recipe and these photos! I just can't. I have to make this asap or I'm never going to stop drooling!
Holy mother of epic burger toppings. Any one of those would sound good just on their own, but I can only imagine how fantastic they are together :D
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
@Katie - That was my thought! Even if someone just made one of the toppings, it brings a plain veggie burger to a whole new level. Add them all...and watch out! ;)
February 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Yep, pinning this now. It looks absolutely DIVINE. And while I'm not a huge runny egg fan (I know, I know)....I might even have to keep that ingredient this time :)
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Proctor
@Katie - Thanks so much, Katie!! Enjoy!
February 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Ashley, I love, love, love your gorgeous blog!! I'm living in Germany and reading it constantly since last July. You were one of my main sources of inspiration for starting my own foodblog. Unfortunately, I write in German, sorry for that... :)
And now - burgers!!! They look mouthwatering and absolutely tasty! Nice coincidence though - I posted a veggie-burger recipe just the other day. I have to try the roasted sweet potatoes next time I make them. Totally agree with you, the egg is essential ;)
Keep on inspiring people!
* Verena
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVerena
Girl, this is gor-geous. It sounds totally amazing and should be sold at some kind of trendy restaurant. Seriously! Nice work. And the photos are beautiful.
February 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSonja
@Verena - You are so sweet! I am flatted by your kind words. Thank you! Take care and best of luck with your blog.

@Sonja - Ahhh, you are too kind! Thank you so much. Truly means a lot coming from you!
February 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
this is AWESOME.
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Oh Shine On
Oh. Em. Gee. These burgers look ridiculously fantastic!
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
Oh my goodness gracious. This looks phenomenal. I have yet to try fried egg on a burger but I think the time is coming soon. Very, very soon.
February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKare @ Kitchen Treaty
OMG it's one delicious component after another! I can't imagine the combo of drippy egg yolk and avocado on an everything bun with crispy sweet potatoes...serious party for the taste buds. Everything is ten times better when it's on "everything" bread in my opinion. DROOLING over these pictures!!
February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien
I NEED this burger!! It looks amazing!
February 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
These look absolutely incredible!! And your photography is killer. I want to pick up the burger right off the screen! Thanks for an amazing recipe! Can't wait to make some!
February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStaci
This looks so delicious! Sometimes I get a little scared of veggie burgers, but I can't wait to try this one out!
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

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