Looking for a meatless burger alternative that still gives you the meaty texture of a beef burger? These Jackfruit Burgers are here to save the day!
They’re filling, heart-healthy, and have a great bite to them. And even without the grill, the smoky flavor will make you feel like you’re at a cookout!
As an environmental scientist, I’m always looking for delicious meat alternatives to help me lower my ecological footprint, and this burger is one I look to often!
Green tip: Industrial meat production has a huge impact on the environment, especially because of the amount of land it takes to sustain and its high amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing your meat consumption is one great way to reduce your ecological footprint.
Jackfruit Burgers Tips and Tricks
Gather Your Ingredients First
It’s best to make sure you have everything you need before you get going! As for the jackfruit, you can use fresh jackfruit or canned. It’s easier for me to get my hands on canned jackfruit, so that is what I generally use.
If you are using a whole jackfruit, check here for instructions on how to break it down.
Here’s everything else you’ll need:
Drain and Rinse
If you’re buying canned jackfruit, it usually comes in brine. This is great to preserve and flavor it but does give it almost a bitter taste.
Make sure to drain and rinse the jackfruit before heating it on the stove, to start with the most neutral flavor, allowing you to have more control over the final product.
I use a sieve and it works perfectly!
Get the Jackfruit Tender
In order to get that perfect meaty texture, it’s important to give your jackfruit time to get tender on the stove.
Once you’ve drained and rinsed it, add it to a large pot with about 10 cups of boiling water. Over high heat, it should take about 35-40 minutes.
You’ll know it’s ready when you can easily shred it with a fork.
You’ll Need a Food Processor or Blender
In addition to your delicious ingredients, you’ll also need either a blender or a food processor, preferably a food processor!
Once your jackfruit is tender, all you have to do is throw all of your ingredients in and blend until smooth.
You’ll want to keep some texture on the jackfruit, so just blend until the onion and garlic are broken down.
Line Your Baking Sheet
To avoid any sticking, line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable baking mat. No need to grease in this case.
Green tip: Consider these reusable baking mats to reduce your plastic waste! They are nonstick and easy to clean.
Once your mixture is ready, it’s time to shape it into patties. Bear in mind the mixture may still be hot, so proceed with caution.
Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, use clean, wet hands to shape your jackfruit burger patties.
The mixture should make about 4 nice-sized vegan burgers.
For a more hands-off option, use a cookie or pancake mold. Just scoop the mixture in and use a spoon to flatten the top.
Should You Have Leftovers
This recipe makes 4 meatless burgers, so you may have leftovers. If so, these will last in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and frozen for up to 4 months.
Just wrap them individually and store in an airtight container or put them in a freezer-safe bag.
To reheat you have several options. Throw them on the grill, over medium heat in a skillet with olive oil, or back in the oven at 400°F for about 20 minutes.
The heating time will vary if frozen. Just make sure your jackfruit burger is heated thoroughly all the way through.
Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!
What To Serve Your Jackfruit Burgers With
I’ve topped mine with (vegan) cheese, arugula, a fresh tomato, and red onion and stuck it in between a fresh bun.
Why You Should Make These Jackfruit Burgers
- The texture. Such a meaty texture but with no meat and no soy.
- They’re healthy. For both you and the planet!
- The complex flavors. Smoky, spicy, flavorful!