The other night I made a Beyond Burger Vegan Meatloaf, and it was so good!
“Wait a minute….vegan meatloaf?? I thought vegans don’t eat meat?!”
Well, we do eat meat, just not the animal based kind. 😉
This vegan meatloaf is made out of Beyond Burger patties, which closely mimics the taste and texture of traditional animal-based ground beef.
“Why not just make a chickpea or lentil loaf like every other vegan?”
I’ve already tried a few of those recipes and they ended up too dry and obviously lentil tasting. Plus my significant other is not the biggest fan of legumes. Sad, yes I know. So what is a vegan to do in such a predicament? *cue superhero music* Beyond Burgers to the rescue!
But before I get to the recipe, I’ve got a confession to make…
I never ate meatloaf before I stopped eating animals.
I’m hardly an American, right? Both of my parents are Colombian and I grew up in Miami, Florida. At home, instead of fried chicken and waffles, we ate sancocho and patacones.
My SO on the other hand, is about American as apple pie. Funny enough, that’s one of his favorite foods. In fact, his lineage traces back to passengers on the Mayflower!
That being said, I often cook veganized versions of dishes that will satisfy his American taste buds.
I looked for such a recipe online and this one is the one that I tested out: JL Field’s Vegan Meatloaf.
The first time I tried this recipe I followed the instructions exactly and the only substitution I used was Tofurky ground beef style crumbles since it was what I had on hand. It was way too salty for my taste!
The second time around, I made a few more modifications: I used the recommended Beyond Burger patties (Impossible Burgers are not retail yet), and reduced the quantity of salt. I also substituted the saltine crackers for plain unsalted breadcrumbs. I further reduced the cayenne pepper to 1/4 of a teaspoon, reduced the cumin to 1/8 of a teaspoon, and increased the amount of garlic to 8 cloves. Vampires beware!
The method remained the same as described on her recipe, and this time it turned out great!
All of the ingredients I used, mise-en-place.
I processed the vegetables to a very fine mince, they were not puréed.
The key ingredient, Beyond Burger patties! I mixed them into the veggies and added it to the loaf pan.
Saucy sauce makes a pretty glaze.
After about an hour of total cooking in the oven. Time to eat!
This vegan Beyond Burger meatloaf was delicious! Both my SO and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 👍
As good as this recipe is, it will not be in my regular rotation. It’s just not something I that I can make weekly due to the current price of the patties ($5.99 per package!). Therefore, I still want to perfect a lentil-loaf recipe for home. However, if I should need to bring something to a pot-luck with omnivores, I would not hesitate to bring a batch of this!
If you have any suggestions or recipes for me to try, please leave them in the comments below!