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This Plant-Based Version of a Spicy Queso Burger Is Pure Indulgence

And yes, it’s meat-eater approved.

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As part of The Gardein Extra Indulgent Plant-Based Recipe Challenge, we dared some of our favorite foodies to create the most decadent plant-based versions of classic comfort foods — all with the help of Gardein and their delicious range of plant-based alternatives.

Here’s Jordan Andino, aka @fork_knife. Jordan is a food personality and the executive chef at Flip Sigi, a Filipino taqueria in NYC where he brings flavors from his upbringing and marries them with popular Mexican cuisine. A self-proclaimed meat lover, Jordan created a plant-based version of an extra indulgent burger recipe that will appeal to both meat eaters and vegans alike, using the Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Burger.

Watch the video to see how it all came together in Jordan’s kitchen. Then, check out the recipe below so you can make this one-of-a-kind burger for yourself at home. Feel free to swap for your favorite vegan or dairy cheese products.

Recipe: Spicy Queso Plant-Based Burger with Pickled Veg


  1. First make the spicy queso: In a small sauce pot, combine all of the ingredients except for the cilantro, and heat on medium-high while stirring every 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Once the cheese has fully melted, add the cilantro and lower the heat to the lowest setting.
  3. While the spicy queso stays warm, make the pickled vegetables: In a medium sauce pot, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt, and bring to a boil.
  4. Once the pickling mixture is boiling, turn off the heat and add carrots, onion, and jalapeno. Ensure the vegetables are fully submerged.
  5. Leave the vegetables in the sauce pot to pickle and cool at room temperature while you prepare the burgers.
  6. Cook Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Burgers according to package directions.
  7. Set the cooked burgers aside.
  8. Use the same sauté pan to toast the buns. Add vegetable oil and set to medium-high. Toast the buns cut side down until golden brown.
  9. Assemble the burgers: Place the cooked patties on the bottom halves of the buns. Top with equal amounts of pickled onions, jalapenos, and carrots. Spoon the spicy queso over the pickled vegetables. Place the other halves of the buns on top, and enjoy!

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