Beyond Beef Taco Burger

When I think of my favorite comfort foods both burgers and tacos come to mind. They’re usually a quick, easy dinner. They have that fatty delicious flavor of any good comfort food that feels like a warm hug. While they may be unhealthy in nature both foods allow you the option to load them up with a number of veggies of your choosing. So, maybe they’re not the healthiest option, but they can also be a great vessel to get in some extra servings of fruits and vegetables.

I’d like to thank whatever genius of a human being created the taco pizza for my inspiration on this one. The taco pizza informed me from a young age that you can make anything into a pizza if you use a little imagination. Then I thought: “Why not make everything into a taco?” I’ll admit this line of thinking is perhaps a bit more redundant and a little less possible than making all of our comfort foods into a pizza, but it did give me the epiphany to create the taco burger.

After creating the taco burger I did a quick google search that informed me the taco burger may be less original of an idea than I thought in the heat of the moment. Nevertheless, it was delicious, and I’d like to share our version of it with the world. I think perhaps my biggest takeaway from all of this, aside from reaffirming that their are few truly original ideas, is that maybe I should make more classic dishes into burgers.

This recipe melds the best elements of a burger with the flavors of a taco. It has the char from the grilled burger, the heat from the taco seasoning, the freshness from the salsa and sour cream, and the creamy fattiness of the avocado. We recommend serving it up with a side of vegan elote, and your favorite Mexican beer or soda.

Beyond Beef Taco Burger

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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You can use store bought taco seasoning if you’d prefer. Ignore the seasoning ingredient list if this is the case.

Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Ingredients for Burger and Toppings

  • vegan hamburger bun
  • 1/4 lb beyond meat
  • 1/2 small avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup butter lettuce
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2-4 rings of red onion (optional)
  • 1 tsp Cholula or other hot sauce
  • 1 lime (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix together all Taco Seasoning ingredients.
  2. Form patties into desired size and shape, and rub with taco seasoning ingredients.
  3. If you’d like you can grill your avocado. Cut it in half, but keep the halves intact, and place on the grill.
  4. Slice down red onion into rings, and grill for a few minutes. You can also keep the red onion raw if you prefer.
  5. If you want to splash a little lime juice on your burger you can grill the lime now to enhance the flavor. Halve the lime before placing each side face down on the grill.
  6. Cook your burger patty for about 4 minutes on either side on the grill or in a skillet.
  7. Slice down your avocado, and prepare your bun. Spread sour cream on the bun and place lettuce, burger patty, red onion, avocado, and salsa down in that order.
  8. If desired, drizzle with a little Cholula or other hot sauce before serving, and add a splash of fresh lime juice.

Beyond Meat Cheeseburger Pizza

undefinedThis recipe is one of my favorite quick and easy dinners.  The cheeseburger pizza is the perfect combination of two delicious crowd pleasing meals, and it’s sure to satisfy even your pickiest carnivore friends and family members.  This recipe makes one pizza, but can easily be doubled.

undefinedFresh dough is an important component of any good pizza. If you don’t want to make your own pizza dough you can find fresh dough at a lot of supermarkets like Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods.  I’d recommend the dough from Trader Joe’s if there is a store near you.

undefinedIf you’re up to the task of making your own pizza dough you can use our quick and easy pizza dough.

Beyond Meat Cheeseburger Pizza

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • ½ package of beyond meat
  • 1 cup of vegan cheddar style shreds
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ½ small white onion, minced
  • Hamburger sliced dill pickles

Directions

  1. Make sure you’ve thawed the Beyond Meat prior to cooking. Sautee the Beyond Meat in a skillet until it has just turned brown. You’ll want it to be slightly pink at this stage, so it doesn’t get dried out when you bake the pizza. Remove from heat.
  2. Dice the tomato, and mince half a white onion. If you didn’t purchase shredded lettuce you can cut a head of iceberg lettuce into thin slivers.
  3. Prebake your crust. Once the crust is prebaked you can start to top it.
  4. Spread out about ¼ cup of ketchup, and a tablespoon of yellow mustard on the crust.
  5. Sprinkle about half of the vegan cheddar style shreds on top. We’ve used Daiya, Follow your Heart, and Whole Foods 365 store brand before and they all work fine for this pizza. Your choice of shreds is completely up to your own personal preference.
  6. Top with the Beyond Meat, tomato, onion, and pickles to taste. Sprinkle the remaining shreds on top of the pizza.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees, and then remove to top with the shredded lettuce. At this time you can top with an additional swirl of ketchup and mustard if you’d like for aesthetic and an added pop of flavor. Place the pizza back in the oven for another two minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and then cut into desired number of slices. Enjoy.

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Fresh pizza dough is an important component of making a good pizza. We never use those pre-baked crusts in a bag at the super market. Usually when making pizza we used Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough, but it has become increasingly more uncomfortable to make additional trips to the supermarket due to the covid-19 pandemic. We’ve been making our own dough far more often, and working on perfecting a quick and easy recipe. Not only is this as good as the store bought dough, but it saves a ton of money in the long term to make your own dough.

undefinedSome pizza dough recipes can be very time consuming, and end with so-so results after all that time and effort. We’ve created a quick and easy recipe that won’t take you any longer than running out to the supermarket to buy dough.


Quick and Easy Pizza Dough


This recipe makes one large pizza crust. To make two large pizza crusts double all ingredients with the exception of the yeast and sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vegan sugar
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. To make your own dough you’ll want to start by measuring out one cup of warm water. The water should be between 105-110 degrees fahrenheit. If it’s too cool the yeast won’t bloom, and if it’s too warm it will kill the yeast. If you don’t trust yourself to measure the temperature feel free to use a thermometer.
  2. Add the water to a large mixing bowl, and then combine 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp active yeast by gently stirring.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl with a hand towel to retain heat, and allow the yeast to bloom for about five minutes.
  4. Once the yeast has become frothy, gently stir in the 1 ½ tbsp olive oil.
  5. Add in the salt, and slowly add flour a little bit at a time, gently folding it into the wet ingredients. If the dough is still too wet add more flour. The dough should be slightly sticky, but easy to form into a ball.
  6. Knead the dough on a floured surface, grease the mixing bowl with oil or cooking spray, and then return the dough to the bowl.
  7. Cover the bowl with the towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm area for at least a half hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  8. After this step you can either use the dough immediately, or save it for later. Place the dough ball in a greased container and freeze, or refrigerate, depending on when you plan to use it. If you’ve chosen to use the dough immediately remove dough once it has doubled, and transfer back to a floured surface
  9. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  10. Knead the dough, and roll it out with a floured rolling pin. Grease a pizza tray, and stretch the dough onto it.
  11. Gently poke the dough with a fork, being sure not to poke the whole way through.
  12. Place the dough in the oven to pre-bake for five minutes, and then remove.
  13. Add desired toppings and bake for an additional 20 minutes.