The Amazing Gaucho Burger

Not your regular cheeseburger!

The South of Brazil's best kept secret: The famous Gaucho cheeseburger: The unique vegan Brazilian burger is unexpected because of its unique way of putting it together: Over here you have a smorgasbord of vegetables, a delicious thin vegan beef and a delicious green homemade vegan mayo. All grilled together and I promise you: It is phenomenal. Check it out!
Alright now, where do I begin... This sandwich meal is widely common in the south of Brazil; more specifically in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana. This is a delicious variation of a regular cheeseburger and tried as I did, I have never found an explanation to why this cheeseburger is so different from the regular ones. Thing is, I kinda didn't need one, all I needed was to show you guys how this comfort food can be brilliant and surprisingly satisfying.
So, because nothing in this cheeseburger is how you'd expect it to be, we take pride in making our own mayonnaise for this recipe. No, it doesn't matter that you have just bought that super expensive jar of vegan mayo, you *have*to make your own. And so we do.
Another thing about this cheeseburger is the 'meat'. It is supposed to be thin and juicy. And for this reason I have decided to make my own vegan meat (yes, you can use store bought hamburger patties, just be sure to slice them in half so they become super thin). This recipe for a vegan meat is easy and will suit the purpose. A total hit, it is. Another particularity about this cheeseburger is that you are supposed to grill it by pressing it. I know, you are scratching your head over there thinking how can you grill it if it has fresh lettuce, tomatoes and mayo. Yeah, about that, just do it. You will thank me later. :)

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!

• 1/3 cup of unsweetened plant based milk
• Vegetable oil
• Salt to taste
• Lemon juice to taste
• Apple cider vinegar to taste
• Parsley to taste
• 2 large hamburger breads
• Tomatoes
• Lettuce
• 1 small onion, minced
• 1/3 cup of canned sweet corn
• 1/3 cup of peas
• 2 very fine vegan beef burgers
• Vegan cheese

Instructions

  • 1.
    Make the mayonnaise by blending the milk and the oil, slowly until it becomes creamy. Then add the remainder of the ingredients, blend some more, add the minced onions, peas and sweet corn, mix to combine and reserve.
  • 2.
    Pan sear the vegan burger on both sides, add salt and pepper if needed.
  • 3.
    Slice open the bread, spread some vegan mayo, add the mayo and vegetables, add the lettuce, tomatoes, the vegan burger and the cheese. Close it with the other slice of bread.
  • 4.
    In a skillet, add some vegan butter, when melted place the cheeseburger upside down to the pan, let it grill for about 5 minutes each side, on medium heat. Flip the cheeseburger, let it grill on the other side as well, turn the heat off, transfer the cheeseburger to plate and serve it with a side of French fries.
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