Monday, March 30, 2009

The "Works" Burger

Ever since I went to Gillwood's and had the best ever Veggie Burger I have been thinking about how I could recreate it. Well, tonight, I decided was the night for that. I took a recipe that I often make to make healthy burgers for The Husband and Veggified (yes, that's a word!) it. I had two perect buns in my fridge that we bought at Gillwood's the other day so I thought I might get pretty close to the real deal. Here was the result before I "mushed" it together to fit it into my mouth:


I must admit, this was a pretty tasty burger, but, it just wasn't the same. I honestly think there is something about having someone else make something for you that makes it taste that much better. But, I know you all are wondering, what is in there, so here is how you can recreate this Works Burger.

* This recipe works great with any meat of choice: vegan burger, veggie burger, chicken or turkey burger, beef or bison....take your pick.

I used almost all organic ingredients because I think they taste better and are better for you, but, the choice is yours.


4 burgers or 1 lb of your favorite meat shaped into burgers (I used Amy's California Burgers and beef burgers for The Husband)

Season by sprinkling with the following if using meat:

Garlic Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Onion Powder
Nonstick spray

Cook on the grill as you normally would ~ about 3-5 minutes per side.

Top burgers with Lite Cheddar Cheese (I used TJ's)/(use soy cheese to make it vegan) and grill for another minute. While the cheese is melting, you can add the buns to the grill to toast them.

Burger toppings:


1 1/2 cups mushrooms
1/2 Tbsp butter
Sprinkle with sea salt & freshly ground pepper

1 large tomato, sliced
1 medium red onion, sliced
bread n butter pickles or cucumber chips
1/2 avocado, sliced

Special sauce:

2 Tbsp lowfat or fat free mayo (used veganaise to make it vegan)
3 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp mustard
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

Mix together and spread evenly on your toasted buns

Tadah! That's looks like alot more typing, but, I put this all together in about 30 minutes before The Husband had to run to a meeting.

Here is what mine looked like before I put it all together with a side of cucumber slices in 2 forms:


The Gillwood's Bun was seriously the perfect addition aside from being way too big for my veggie burger. It has a sweeter taste like Hawaiian bread. I sooooo wanted to eat all of this, but, after cutting it in half and eating my cucumber slices, I was full. The Husband gladly took my other half.

I tested out my new All Clad Stainless Steel Stiry Fry Pan from Food Buzz tonight to make my lunch for tomorrow. Be sure to check back then for the full report.

Have a great night all ~ I am off to read my new finds at Barnes and Nobles today - yeah!


  1. It looks delicious. But I agree--how come it always tastes better when someone else makes it for you?

  2. Your veggie burger looks great! I agree..there's just something about having someone else prepare food that makes it taste even better!

  3. Thanks Kirwin & Emily. It was really, really good, but, I think not cooking it would have made it perfect :) lol.