A juicy, hearty, unbelievably tasty vegan burger that will hold up on the grill! This seitan burger is filled with umami flavour from mushrooms and miso paste, with a smoky, savoury bite. Prepare these in advance and when that burger craving hits, fire up the grill.
Ready for the best vegan burger ever? This one is shockingly delicious and satisfying.
Do you do burgers in the summer, or all year long?
We enjoy them at any time of year, especially since summers in Canada are short. That would be a shame to only enjoy this delicious and classic comfort food for a few months of the year.
Ingredients + Substitutions
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mushrooms: I used white button mushrooms this time, but cremini or baby bella will also work well. The mushrooms help keep your burger juicy inside and of course, flavourful.
- Broth: Use a salty, flavourful broth since there is no added salt. Or add some salt if you only have low sodium broth on hand.
- Miso Paste: I like white miso, but if you prefer the stronger flavour of red, feel free to use either. For soy free, replace the miso with additional tahini and add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt.
- Black Beans: For their hearty flavour. You may use red kidney beans if preferred.
- Tahini: If you cannot have tahini, sub for another neutral flavoured nut or seed butter, like cashew. OR if not avoiding oil, use a neutral flavoured oil, like avocado.
- Vital Wheat Gluten: Unfortunately there is NO substitute for vital wheat gluten. Nor is there a gluten free alternative. Do not use another type of flour, as the gluten is crucial to the outcome and texture of your seitan burger.
- Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika: The spices are for flavour. None are overpowering, so do not skip unless you absolutely must. If you don’t have smoked paprika on hand, you may use liquid smoke, instead.
(This is a summary with step by step photos, full recipe measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Start by adding all your seitan burger ingredients EXCEPT for the vital wheat gluten to the bowl of your food processor. Blend until smooth. (photos 1-2)
Add approx. HALF of the vital wheat gluten and process until combined. Then add the remaining half and pulse, scraping down the sides as needed. Do not over process. (photos 3-5)
Transfer the mixture to a clean surface and knead (without overdoing it) until you see bands of gluten forming as shown below. (photo 6)
Now divide the mixture into 8 pieces to make 8 vegan burgers. Do your best to make them as equal as possible in size. (photo 7)
Roll each piece using a rolling pin to flatten it into a patty shape. The patties will grow as they cook, so roll them a little flatter than you’d like the final result to be. (photo 8)
Add a thin layer of broth to an oven-safe dish with a lid. Then layer your seitan burgers inside with broth in between each layer. (photos 9-10)
Cover the burgers entirely with the broth, place the lid on top and bake in your preheated oven. (photos 11-12)
At this point, treat the seitan patties like raw burgers. For best results, refrigerate overnight and then finish them off on the grill or in a frying pan. I like using the grill to get those nice grill lines. (photos 13-14)
Once grilled, serve your seitan burger with burger buns, plus all your favourite toppings and sauces.
What toppings should I use?
Top your seitan burger as you would any other vegan or veggie burger. Here are some ideas:
- Lettuce or shredded cabbage
- Tomato slices
- Pickles or relish
- Red onion
- Caramelized onion, pepper, and/or mushrooms
- Avocado slices or guacamole
- Spicy mayo, “regular” mayo, ketchup, mustard or BBQ sauce
Store leftover seitan burgers in a sealed container in your refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Or, you may freeze them air-tight in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. Separate the seitan patties with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to one another in the freezer.
- If possible, prepare your seitan burgers one day in advance of grilling. These taste best when refrigerated overnight, and grilled the next day. However, they’re still great if grilled straight after making.
- Weigh your vital wheat gluten for the most accurate results. Relying on cup measurements could result in a seitan burger that’s dry and dense as measuring tends to pack more flour into the cups, when compared to weight.
- Use salty, flavourful broth for the best results since there is no other added salt to this seitan burger recipe.
- Try to portion your mixture into 8 equal size pieces for even cooking and similar sized seitan burgers. If you want them to be perfect, use a kitchen scale to weigh the pieces.
- Roll your patties fairly flat, as they will grow and almost double in size during cooking.
- You want the patties to simmer in the broth and NOT boil, so they cook slowly, for the best texture. Don’t increase the oven temperature in an attempt to cook these faster.
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For the seitan burgers
- 3-4 cups vegetable broth room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 C).
- Add all the seitan burger ingredients EXCEPT the vital wheat gluten to a food processor, and process until smooth. Next, add about half of the vital wheat gluten and process until mostly smooth. Then add the remaining half and process until mostly combined, without over-processing.
- Transfer the mixture to a clean surface, like a cutting board or countertop, and knead the dough for about 30 seconds, but don't go overboard. Once you see strands of gluten, the dough is ready. (See process shots above for a visual.)
- Divide into 8 equal pieces for even cooking. I use a kitchen scale to make them perfectly equal, but this is not necessary. You can eyeball it.
- Roll each piece into a ball and then use a rolling pin to flatten each one into a patty. They will expand during cooking, so make them a little flatter than you'd like the final result to be. As you're stretching the burgers, you should see them spring back a little.
- Use an oven-safe dish with a lid, like a dutch oven, and add a thin layer of vegetable broth to the bottom. Then layer your seitan patties on top, adding more broth in between the layers of patties. Add enough broth to ensure the patties are completely covered.
- Then place the lid on top and bake in your preheated oven for 80 minutes, carefully flipping them at the 40-minute mark. Be very careful when flipping to prevent breaking the patties. When the 80 minutes is complete, remove from the oven.
- If you're making these in advance, transfer the patties to a container to refrigerate overnight and finish cooking on the day you're serving. (Reserve the broth for drinking, it's delicious, don't dump it! 😉 )
- Treat these as you would raw burgers. They are NOT ready to eat straight out of the oven. Finish off your seitan burger on the grill, or in a frying pan. Brush a little oil to prevent sticking and sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired. Then grill or pan fry for a few minutes on each side until brown and heated through.
- Enjoy with burger buns and all your favourite toppings.