These Korean Veggie Burgers make for a flavorful and asian-inspired meal for a quick weeknight dinner. With Bibimbap burgers, kimchi and bulgogi-style mushrooms, plant-based eating just got even more delicious!
Recently, I was chatting with my friend Erin about sharing pre-made products on our blogs. There can be some tension in the blogging world regarding this topic and if recipes need to be 100% made from scratch. It can be a bit disappointing when you see a must-make recipe and realize you need a specific product to make it, but at the same time there are so many incredible products out there that save us time and resources that make purchasing them worthwhile.
At the end of the day, we both agreed that if it’s a product you enjoy and use in your own life, it’s your choice (maybe even duty…) to share it. Your blog should be a reflection of you and what you love so you shouldn’t feel like you have to hold back a recipe just because it includes a pre-made product.
Which brings us to today’s post. It’s no secret that I love cooking recipes from scratch, but it’s unrealistic for me to do this every single day. This is especially true during busy weeks when just not eating out feels like an accomplishment.
Vacations are also a tough one when you’re used to cooking most of your food. I definitely ease up on the rules when I’m travelling (read more about my healthy travel eats HERE), but I’ve come to depend on healthy pre-made products to ensure I get my nutrition in while travelling. In the process, I’ve discovered fantastic products that have reinvigorated my belief in the packaged food world.
It can be a bit of a let-down when you go into a grocery store and all you see are chips labelled as “gluten-free” and candy advertised as “fat-free”. It makes you wonder if we’re all just better off making our own food.
But then companies like Dr. Praeger’s come along who not only make great products (whose labels can actually be substantiated), but also remain a family business whose values are grounded in using simple, whole ingredients to make great-tasting products anyone will love.
After a few too many tacos in Mexico and access to my own kitchen for only 1 out of the past 4 weeks, it’s nice to know that I can go into a grocery store and find packaged products that are in line with my mentality when it comes to food.
So instead of ordering another round of tacos in Arizona, I came back to our room, whipped up these Korean Veggie Burgers in 20 minutes and had a healthy and plant-based lunch that also tasted amazing.
I also could NEVER have come up with the recipe for a Bibimbap burger! Pure genius right there. I topped mine with some pre-made kimchi, which is Korean fermented cabbage that is amazing for gut health and also can be found at most grocery stores. Then just to add to the Korean-goodness, I added in some sautéed bulgogi-style mushrooms.
An entire meal made from plants that is also supporting a family on a mission to bring healthy food to your tables. I call that a win.
- 4 Dr. Praeger's Bibimbap Burgers (1 package)
- 1/2-1 cup Kimchi
- 4 buns (use gluten-free if necessary or lettuce buns)
For the bulgogi mushrooms
- 1 lb cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 small garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
- optional: jalapeno peppers, lime, cilantro for topping
- Cook burgers according to package instructions.
- Head up a skillet over medium heat and coat with olive oil.
- Add in garlic and sautee for one minute.
- Add in water, tamari, vinegar and palm sugar and bring to a boil before lowering heat to med-low.
- Add in mushrooms and cook for 8-10 minutes or until they have halved in size and absorbed most of the liquid.
- Top each bun (or lettuce bun) with a burger, desired kimchi and bulgogi mushrooms.
- Sprinkle with desired toppings
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Dr. Praeger’s. I was compensated for my time and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting The Healthy Maven and the brands that make THM possible!