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Help! Need great hamburger substitute Answered


Am having some friends over for cookout. One of the guests is vegetarian and also allergic to gluten/wheat. I need an easy but great tasting substitute for hamburger. Can anyone help please.
Thanks.


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Huntress (author)2011-06-12

To anyone seeking a wheat or gluten-free vegetarian meat substitute--it's my understanding that all of the Boca Burgers and Morningstar products contain wheat gluten  and some Quorn products contain wheat. protein    In fact most vegetarian meat substitutes use wheat gluten, unfortunately.   

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lizzyastro (author)2010-08-23


Do you need a substitute (fake meat or hamburger) or do you need an alternative - which is tasty and vegetarian, but not pretending to be meat?  For my vegetarian friends I would go for the second option.

Some suggestions:

Big flat mushrooms can be brushed with oil, sprinkled with herbs/garlic and grilled.

Eggplant (aubergine) can be sliced, brushed with oil and grilled, add some parmesan or cheddar type cheese for a knockout flavour.

Some recipes here and also here

Hope these ideas help

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cyx13 (author)lizzyastro2010-09-16

I agree, my boyfriend's family usually grills me portabella caps on a layer of punched foil when they have us over for a grill out. Just brush them with some garlic olive oil... they dress up just like a burger.

good luck!

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orksecurity (author)lizzyastro2010-08-23

Large portobello mushrooms may also go over well with non-veggies. I usually grab one if there are enough to spare.

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paulhogan (author)2010-08-30

As a vegetarian with plenty of vegetarian friends, I recommend the "Quorn" burger, if you can get them where you are. They're made from mycoprotein-- pretty much ground up mushrooms. Lots of commercial fake-burgers use wheat or other gluten.
http://www.quorn.us/Products/

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blkhawk (author)2010-08-23

You can get tofu,a soy based product that you can season and grill.

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cherokeej (author)blkhawk2010-08-23

Thanks for your reply. I have heard this, but can I make tofu really taste like hamburger? I have never done this.

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blkhawk (author)cherokeej2010-08-24

I am sure that those that choose to be vegetarian are aware of the limited choices that sometimes they have. But that doesn't stop them of becoming creative with what they have!

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seandogue (author)2010-08-24

Some of the commercial ones (morning star?) ...'something' star anyway, I think... has a pretty tasty mushroom based veggie faux-burger. I used to keep them around back when I dated vegan hippy chicks.

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onrust (author)2010-08-23

Boca Burgers can be found in the freezer section of your local grocer. They are also pretty good!

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orksecurity (author)2010-08-23

Hit your supermarket's freezer shelves for veggie burgers -- checking the label to find a gluen-free version. Or websearch for recipes. The ones which actually taste good usually don't taste a great deal like hamburger, though.)

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