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Veganized White Castle Slider

Melt in your mouth vegan burger patty that is loaded with delicious onion flavor and uses minimal ingredients and effort! Mash some things together, roll it out, and bake it. Easy! It is reminiscent of the iconic WC slider but without all the after-effects of a WC slider.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, vegan, veganized
Prep Time - 20 mins
Cook Time - 40 mins
Total Time - 1 hr
Servings - 18 sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 Slider Bun Recipe (18 rolls)
  • 16 ounces firm tofu (House Foods brand is what I use)
  • 15 ounces canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon tahini or peanut butter (Adds umami)
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire (Can omit but adds flavor)
  • 1/4 cup onion soup mix (See blog for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (Essential for awesomeness )

Optional Onion Topping

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Drain chickpeas, pour into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands and squeeze the block of firm tofu. Add to the bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and use a potato masher or heavy spoon to mix and crush the tofu and chickpeas.
  • Turn the patty mixture onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and use your hands to spread the mixture out. Use a rolling pin or another baking sheet press the patty sheet to about 1/2" thick and the same size as your combined dinner rolls. Use a fork to make marks on the top to help with even cooking.
  • Remove the top layer of parchment paper. Bake the burger patty sheet for 20 minutes.
  • If adding the onion topping, spread the diced onion on the top of the patty sheet and bake for 15 minutes. If not using the diced onion just continue to bake for 15 minutes rather than remove it from the oven.
  • Top with cheese. Place the top layer of the buns on top. Bake for 7-10 minutes. The cheese should be melted and the buns warmed but not dark.
  • Use a spatula to cut down through the bun and patty then place it on the bottom bun and serve!

Notes

If you want to add pickle slices it is best to do it when placing the cooked patty with cheese and top bun onto the bottom bun. You don't want hot pickles! You could also add a dollop of 1:1 ketchup/mustard mix to really get that WC experience, but I don't think it really needs that.