Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

Oh my gaaarsh, I am so excited for today’s post! After many months of planning Jessica’s virtual baby shower with the lovely + hilarious Bev, the big day is finally here! And all of her invisible internet friends are invited! If you read Jess’s blog, you know all about her invisible internet friends.

I created this fun/obnoxious photo-graphic which you may see floating around the blogosphere today. My goal was to make it as bright + over the top as possible, in true Jessica fashion. I think it was a success. Also, Jess is waiting to find out whether it’s a boy or girl, which made the sprinkle color combo super fun.

Sorry if you’re now blind.

How Sweet's Invisible Internet Friends Baby Shower |


Welcome back to earth tones.

And the sandwich that is going to make your fall food dreams come true.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

The theme for Jessica’s virtual baby shower is “trashed up” recipes. Again, if you’re familiar with her blog then you definitely know this girl loves a good trashed up recipe.

Bev and I came up with a few of Jessica’s favorite recipe categories and invited a million of her friends to join in on the fun. Seriously, SIXTY-FIVE bloggers participated! Ah-mazing.

At the end of the post you’ll find the entire list of participants broken into recipe categories. Do not miss it!!

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

I finally settled on the burger category and took forever and a day to figure out what I was going to create. I wanted it to have multiple components, tons of flavor, an over the top photo shoot, and a few of Jessica’s favorite things [ie: veggie burgers, fried sage, brussels sprouts].

So here is your warning that this recipe takes some time. Especially if you’re making the mashed potatoes and gravy all in one day. You could definitely make those 1-2 days ahead of time and then the burger making isn’t too bad.

I do, however, highly recommend making each + every component of this recipe. You will not be disappointed.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

The burgers took a little experimenting to get right. I really wanted them to be meatloaf-esque in texture + flavor and not just like a standard veggie burger. It ended up spot on! Nice and hearty but tender, just like traditional meatloaf.

I decided to bake these instead of pan-frying them which allowed the ketchup glaze to thicken up and keep the burgers moist.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

After finally settling on a recipe [the first attempt had the texture of paste! ugh!] I split the recipe in half to test some of the burgers with a real egg and some with a flax-egg. After forgetting which burgers I had on which side I taste-tested them and could not tell a difference at all. No flax taste or weird gummy texture.

I’m beyond excited that this recipe can easily be made gluten-free and vegan from start to finish without anyone ever knowing.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

And now for the best part.

The layering.




mashed potatoes.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

vegan mushroom gravy.

brussels sprouts.

fried sage.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

I’m pretty sure I’d be happy with just this for Thanksgiving dinner.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

Print this!

combine with: Easy Vegan Gravy + Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy gluten-free, vegan option // yields 7, 3-inch patties

meatloaf patties:

  • 2-3 teaspoons oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup grated carrot
  • 3/4 cup chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free worcestershire sauce, [vegan if needed]
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free tamari
  • 3/4 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed + drained
  • 1 1/3 cups toasted gluten-free breadcrumbs*
  • 5 tablespoons finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 large egg, or 1 flax egg**

optional toppings:

  • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts, ends trimmed + thinly sliced
  • fried sage leaves


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons GF worcestershire sauce, [vegan if needed]

Heat a pan over medium heat with the oil. Once hot, add the onion and a generous pinch of salt. Cook until softened and translucent, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds – 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes, until starting to cook down. Stir occasionally. Add the carrot and cook for 1 minute. Stir a few times. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Place mixture in a large food processor along with the chickpeas, parsley, thyme, worcestershire sauce, and tamari. Pulse about 10-15 times, scraping the sides halfway through, until the mixture resembles the texture of egg/tuna salad. Add the lentils and pulse about 4 times. You want the lentils mostly in tact.

Empty mixture into a large bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs, cornmeal, and walnuts. Whisk the egg [or flax-egg] in a small bowl then stir into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350° while resting.

Stir the glaze ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

Line or lightly grease a large baking sheet. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the mixture into your hands and pass back and forth multiple times packing into a ball. The mixture will be wet but should hold together. Gently flatten between your palms to about 3/4-inch thick [~3-inch diameter], keeping the sides tight. Place on the baking sheet and repeat until all patties are formed.

Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully flip burgers over then top with a spoonful of glaze over each burger. Bake for another 9-12 minutes. Let rest for 3-5 minutes..

During the last 10 minute bake, heat a large pan over medium with about 2 teaspoons of oil. Cook the brussels sprouts with a bit of salt for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently until tender and starting to brown. Serve burgers on a bun with mashed potatoes, gravy, brussels sprouts, and fried sage.



*To make toasted gluten-free breadcrumbs: Preheat oven to 350° F. Tear 4-5 slices of a gluten-free bread and place in your blender or food processor. Turn on until ground evenly into breadcrumbs. Spread breadcrumbs on an unlined baking sheet and bake for about 8-12 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Let cool. Start at the beginning of the recipe. Preheat your oven before chopping the onion.

**For the flax-egg: Whisk 1 tablespoon ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons warm water for 10 seconds. Set aside for 5 minutes. Incorporate into the mixture instead of a real egg at the same point in the recipe. When baking I make flax eggs with a bit less water but in this recipe you want the full 3T.

To make crispy fried sage: Heat a small sauté pan over medium-high and coat with about 2-3 tablespoons of oil or butter. Once fully preheated, place about 10 sage leaves in the pan and let crisp for about 20-30 seconds until the edges pull up and they just barely start to brown. Place on a paper towel lined plate and top with a sprinkle of salt. Repeat 2-3 more times.

Meatloaf Veggie Burger with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy | #vegan #glutenfree #thanksgiving

Kind of looks like a real burger, no?

And now I apologize if you get nothing done for the rest of the day.

I mean…


trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven - Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce
  2. The Lemon Bowl - Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za'atar Crostini
  3. With Style & Grace - Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish - Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail
  2. Food For My Family - Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail
  3. Minimalist Baker - Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy - Apple Cider Shandy
  5. A Spicy Perspective - Preggy Punch Mocktail
  6. Girl vs. Dough - Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
  7. Honestly Yum - Maple Bacon Pisco Sour
  8. Cookin Canuck - Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
  9. A Thought For Food - Mezcal Citrico Cocktail
  10. A House in the Hills - Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
  11. The Novice Chef - Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider
  12. Bran Appetit - Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective - Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy
  2. The Little Kitchen - Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie
  3. Daisy At Home - Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese
  4. Cookies & Cups - Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger
  5. Climbing Grier Mountain - Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy
  6. Dessert For Two - Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
  7. Country Clever - Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini
  8. Foodie Crush - The Best Cheeseburger Soup
  9. Lady and Pups - Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs
  10. Two Peas & Their Pod - Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
  11. Bake Your Day - Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon - Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos
  2. The Fauxmartha - Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos
  3. With Food + Love - Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos
  4. Mountain Mama Cooks - Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon
  5. Heather Christo - Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce
  6. A Couple Cooks - Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
  7. Fitnessista - San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two - Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles
  2. My Name is Yeh - Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up
  3. Picky Palate - Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes
  4. Sprinkle Bakes - Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes
  5. Averie Cooks - Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
  6. Sweet Phi - Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars
  7. Love & Olive Oil - Loaded Junk Food Brownies
  8. Lauren’s Latest - Bakery Sugar Cookies
  9. Cookie + Kate - Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. Flourishing Foodie - Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  11. The Sugar Hit - Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake
  12. Hummingbird High - Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts
  13. Top With Cinnamon - Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake
  14. Bake at 350 - Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes
  15. Simple Bites - Lemon Layer Cake
  16. Bakerella - Baby Block Cake Pops
  17. She Wears Many Hats -  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks - Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza
  2. Rachel Cooks - Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust
  3. Foodie With Family - Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza
  4. Shutterbean - Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza
  5. i am a food blog - Grilled Cheese Pizza
  6. My Life as a Mrs - Chili Cheese Dog Pizza
  7. Simply Scratch - Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle
  8. The Beeroness - Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza
  9. Yes I Want Cake - Roasted Pumpkin Pizza
  10. Two Red Bowls - Bacon mashed potato pizza
  11. Dula Notes - Pork Bahn Mi Pizza
  12. Weelicious - Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets
  13. Take a Megabite - Beet Peetza
  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida - Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta
  15. Bakers Royale - Trash’d Street Tacos

Enjoy!! And happy virtual baby shower to Jess!! Love you, girl! xo