Homemade Veggie Burgers & Fluffy White Cupcakes

Posted by on February 14, 2008 | 13 Comments

I looove veggie burgers.  Not really the faux meat ones made with soy, but rather the ones that taste like what they are, veggies and grains.  Well, at long last, thanks to the inspirational Chicago Diner recipe from The Non-Dairy Queen, I made my first attempt at homemade veggie burgers.  Though totally grain and veg, they did turn out a bit meaty, and overall excellent in flavor.  I would definitely add a bit more salt and possibly a little crushed red pepper for a kick on the next round though.  We did have some problem with the oat and mushroom base, as it was a bit soft on the inside, I just couldn’t get it to totally set up.  But, really, don’t they look good?


We had no buns, so I improvised with Roti, hence the odd presentation.  I am definitely motivated to continue on the homemade veggie burger path, so you can expect to see more … thanks to the Queen.

Transitioning to dessert, I receive requests quite often for a good dairy-free white cake.  Well, I went for the gusto and attempted to create fluffy white cupcakes that are both dairy-free and egg-free.  The good news is, I succeeded!  Perfect fluffy texture.  But alas, they were still in need of some sweetness.  You may be thinking, just use more sugar.  However, more sugar may weigh down my perfect little cakes … so more experimenation is necessary.  But don’t these look good too?


I am happy to report that both recipes were insanely inexpensive also, using pantry items and fridge items that I readily had on hand (ie mushrooms).  Plus, the cupcakes were so easy to make (this snail paced chef had them in the oven in 15 minutes flat, no joke) that I see no reason to ever pick up a boxed mix!


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Comments (13)


  1. VeggieGirl says:

    no worries, Alisa – those burgers look FABULOUS!! as do those cupcakes (just 15 minutes flat?! wow!) – yum!!

  2. Jackie says:

    They both look great.

    My favorite burger is green lentils cooked in Marmite to give a sort of burger taste and making them into patties with onion, thyme and wholewheat bread to bind them together. Tried No-Egg instead of the bread but that made them like rubber.

    Lots of great entries you have put on Go Dairy Free. Must go back when I have a bit of time and really catch up.

  3. Sarena says:

    Both dishes look great! I know what you mean about the burgers. I have not done a whole lot of experimenting, but the changes you suggest sound good too! I wonder what vital wheat gluten would do to them??? I look forward to hearing more on the burger ideas though!

  4. alisa says:

    Hmm, yes, maybe even just some flour to soak up excess liquid? That way you could keep them wheat-free too.

    Jackie ~ I have seen a lot of lentil burgers which sound great, I may have to give this a try. I am always seeing Marmite on blogs, but have no clue what it is!

  5. Shellyfish says:

    I think the veggie burger looks delish! I love them, but have hesitated in making them in the past because of fear of disappointment, but I sure have had a hankern’…so I think I may have to try!
    Great blog, by the way.

  6. pia says:

    i’m dying to knowthe recipe for the cupcakes! we aren’t vegan, but DH is allergic to most everything so much baking is done vegan style- eggless & dairy free. but since I’m not a cook, not much baking goes on around here! always looking for something yummy to try.

  7. alisa says:

    pia: I am just working on the finishing touches for the recipe. It will be in the second edition of my dairy-free guidebook, but I may be persuaded to share it sooner : )

  8. Belle says:

    Those cupcaks are very pretty! I bet they taste good too!


  9. Sarena says:

    Hi Alisa, I know this has been a while, but I thought I would share something with you. Although I have not tried this with the mushroom burgers, I have used it in some bean burgers I have made recently. I have started adding potato to my burgers. I just bake the potatoes and refrigerate them. Then, cube the potato and put it in a food processor until it is a fine crumb. Then stir that into the burger mixture. The starch from the potato helps to bind it and when you bake it, then grill/fry it, it is crispy on the outside and a bit more firm on the inside. I am anxious to try it with this one soon. Hopefully I will find the time to post about it soon. Anyway, I hope that helps!

  10. wittone says:

    Your Homemade Veggie Burgers & Fluffy White Cupcakes look wonderful. I’m move to make both. Where do I find the recipes?

  11. Melissa says:

    I am on the quest for a veggie burger much like you describe. When will you share the recipe?!

  12. Jill says:

    Hi. I just came across your blog. I was wondering if you ever posted the white cupcake recipe? Or could you send it to me? I always make a chocolate cupcake for festivities, but it sure would be nice to have a white cake one.

  13. alisa says:

    Sorry for the delay ladies.

    Melissa, the recipe is on the Non-Dairy Queen’s site, just follow the link in the post to get to it!

    Jill, the white cupcake recipe is in my cookbook and guide, Go Dairy Free. If you would like a copy of the recipe, I can email it to you directly. Just contact me here – http://www.godairyfree.org/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=1&Itemid=152

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