The Vurkey Burger


three vegan turkey patties on hamburger buns with lettuce and cheese
These Vegan Turkey Burgers [aka Vurkey Burgers] are grillable, whole-food plant based, smokey and so meaty, but without the meat of course! You’ll love them so much you’ll be making them in bulk! Freezer friendly!

My Story

WELCOME GRILLING SEASON. Okay. This would be a lot more exciting if I actually had a grill. ???? Hopefully I’ll fix that problem soon. I’m beyond excited to share this recipe. I love burgers. All burgers {vegan, of course ????????} And as much as I love a good veggie burger, sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a burger with some other texture than smoosh. ???? Well, in walks the queen of the vegan burgers…. the VEGAN TURKEY BURGER, the VURKEY BURGER, if you will. It’s meaty, it’s healthy, it’ll hold up to the grill and the whole thing won’t smoosh on the first bite! It’s all the things I want in a good burger.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 12 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course, Party Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6 burgers


  • 1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed (439g)
  • ¼ large sweet onion about ¾ cup roughly chopped
  • heaping ½ cup portabella or baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • ¼ cup barbeque sauce I like Stubb's Reduced Sugar variety
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⅓ cups vital wheat gluten 190g


  • 1. In a food processor combine all ingredients EXCEPT the vital wheat gluten. Process until combined. Some chunks are fine, but you want to get it as smooth as possible.
  • 2. Add in vital wheat gluten and pulse until fully combined.
  • 3. Knead dough by hand for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 even pieces and form into burger patties.
  • 4. Steam the burgers for 20 minutes. This should be done in even layers as overlapping the burgers will effect their shape. Bamboo steamers* with layers work great!
  • 5. Let cool and then refrigerate over night before grilling. These also freeze well from this point for up to 6 months.
  • To prepare
  • 1. When ready to enjoy your burgers, simply grill or pan fry for a few minutes on each side until heated through. Top as desired and enjoy!
  • Notes
  • Storage- After steaming, burgers can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days before grilling or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Freezer Tip- If freezing your burgers, remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to grilling as usual!
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