On Vancouver’s Granville Island there used to be a restaurant called Isadora’s. One of the many delicious foods they served was a walnut-based Go-Nuts burger. Most veggie burgers are soggy and unappealing, but I love this one because it is crispy on the outside, and it has a great nutty flavour. Of course it is nothing like a beef burger, but delicious nonetheless. Isadora’s restaurant has been closed for years, but they are still producing these burger patties on Saturna Island. They can be found in the freezer section of some grocery stores; in Vancouver they are at Whole Foods and Famous Foods.
I like to toast the hamburger bun, then just add a little mayo and Dijon mustard, and then top it off with the awesomeness of fried onions and homemade pickles. Fried mushrooms are great too.
Of course these toppings work on any burger, veggie or beef.
If you’d like to try making the patties yourself, here is a recipe. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.
What you need:
- sweet onion
- butter or olive oil for frying the onion
- (mushrooms are awesome on here too)
- walnut Dijon (or regular Dijon) mustard
- dill pickles
- burger patties
- whole-grain hamburger buns
What you do:
- Slice some of the onion. Heat a frying pan to medium-high and add a little olive oil or butter. Fry the onions. lowering the heat as needed, until browned. Keep them warm in the pan until you need them.
- I fry the Go-Nuts burgers in a frying pan using a little butter instead of on the barbecue because they tend to fall apart, but you can bbq yours if you are a different kind of patty. While the patties are cooking slice the pickle and toast the buns.
- Spread a little mayonnaise and Dijon on the buns, then place the burger on it. Top with pickles and onions.