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Mini Vegan Cheeseburgers, Your Kid’s New Favorite Lunch

by | July 5, 2019

Most kids go crazy for cheese, vegan cheese included of course. Are you out of ideas for a kid-friendly lunch that’s even remotely healthy and fresh? What about homemade mini vegan cheeseburgers? With a few protein-packed ingredients, you can make “burgers” at home that will beat out anything store-bought, both the taste wise and health wise. These mini cheeseburgers are great for a Sunday afternoon lunch on the patio or for low-maintenance school lunch (if you make the night before). Here is how you can make protein-packed mini cheeseburgers as a kid-friendly lunchtime meal.

Mini Vegan Cheeseburgers, Your Kid’s New Favorite Lunch
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Mini Vegan Cheeseburgers, Your Kid’s New Favorite Lunch

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For the patty

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • ⅓ cup chickpea flour (all-purpose flour also works)
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup broccoli rice (DIY your own by using a food processor)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • extra flour for forming patties
  • oil of your choice for frying
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a big mixing bowl, roughly mash chickpeas using a fork or a potato masher. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. To the chickpeas, combine all ingredients together. Have your kid help you mix everything together to make it a family activity.
  3. Dust your hands with flour and begin to create mini patties by rolling a ball and flattening it out to be between ½- ¾ inch tall.
  4. In a pan with an oil of your choice on medium heat, cook 4 mini patties at a time, covered. Flip after a few minutes to ensure both sides have a nice browning to them.
  5. Resist the temptation to eat them as is.

For the “Cheeseburger”

(If meal prepping the day before, do this the morning of)

Ingredients:

  • homemade patties
  • vegan mini buns or bread rolls of your choice
  • sliced vegan cheese (Chao, Violife,…)
  • lettuce
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced bell pepper
  • vegan mayo, ketchup, and any other condiments your kid loves

Instructions:

  1. In a pan on low heat, place a slice of vegan cheese on top of each of the homemade patties. Cover with a lid and heat until the cheese has melted into gooey deliciousness.
  2. With mini buns of your choice (you can also use small bread rolls cut in half), begin by dressing the inside of both the top and bottom bun with vegan mayonnaise, butter,  ketchup, or any other condiment your kid loves.
  3. Place the patty with the melted cheese on first followed by any vegetables that your kid loves! I recommend with lettuce, tomato, and bell pepper.
  4. Top with an extra squirt of ketchup, close the top bun and enjoy! If packing for school lunch, pack with a small fruit salad, nuts, and chocolate almond milk.

Have you ever made your own vegan cheeseburgers at home? What is your favorite protein to sneak in? Let me know in the comments below.

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One Response to “Mini Vegan Cheeseburgers, Your Kid’s New Favorite Lunch”

  1. Warwick Berry
    July 8th, 2019 @ 4:42 am

    Hello, I was curious as to what the difference between a Vegan and a Herbivore and found your site where you answer the question very well – thankyou. I am not anti Vegan, I am however an Omnivore and believe it is your/my to choice as to what we eat.

    I have another question that has confounded me for sometime regarding Vegan or Vegetarian burgers. My question is … Why is the word burger mentioned in a Vegan “burger” recipes when they are not related to a real burger in any way? Why are the patties in these faux burgers shaped and coloured to resemble a real meat burger?

    If parents have decided to bring their children up as Vegans, fine, no complaints that is your right, but is there the chance that the child may become confused? On one hand they are told that a Vegan lifestyle is a healthy one, then they are presented with food that is called a burger and presented just as the Big Mac.

    Please appreciate the question is asked without prejudice or bias.

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