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ImpossibleTM BBQ Cheddar Burger

Chef J Michael Melton
Two hands holding a burger with bbq sauce and cheddar cheese on a sesame bun.
  • 4Servings
  • Not Too Tricky
  • 21Ingredients
  • 30 minPreparation
  • 40 minCooking
  • 70 Total TimeTotal Time

If you haven’t had onion rings on a burger, have you truly burgered? Seriously: the perfect ratio of sweet onion, golden breading, and our meaty Impossible™ Burger Made From Plants can change your perspective. This Impossible™ BBQ Cheddar Burger features a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, melty cheese (you can sub store-bought plant-based cheese), and oh-so-tasty Impossible™ Burger Made From Plants.

This recipe includes a dreamy BBQ sauce made from scratch. Jalapeños lend some zip while grape jelly and pineapple juice (yep—you read that right) balances the apple cider vinegar. Not in the mood to DIY? You can’t go wrong with your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce. Pan-fry or grill your Impossible Burger and then pile high with store-bought frozen onion rings. Crave even more crunch? Opt for canned fried onions and live your best burger life.

21 Ingredients

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  • 12 Ounce Package Impossible™ Beef Made From Plants
  • 4 Potato Burger Buns
  • Frozen onion rings, prepared according to package directions, or canned fried onions, as desired
  • 1 Cup bread and butter pickles
  • 4 Slices cheddar cheese or plant based cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Onion, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño, De-Stemmed & Roughly Chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dry Mustard
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce
  • 3 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt, plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper, plus additional to taste
  • 1 Cup Concord Grape Jelly
3 steps

    Place roughly chopped onion, jalapeño, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until a paste is formed. In a 3 quart pot over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Once heated, cook onion, jalapeño & garlic until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Whisk in chili powder, dry mustard, and tomato paste, cook for 1 minute. Whisk in other ingredients: ketchup, molasses, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce, and bring to simmer. Add in brown sugar. Simmer for approximately 10 more minutes. Whisk in Concord grape jelly and season with salt & pepper. Sounds wild but it's delicious! Alternatively, skip making BBQ sauce from scratch and use a jar of your favorite prepared variety for this recipe.

  2. Cook the Impossible Burgers

    Portion Impossible Beef into 4 equal burger patties. Over medium-high heat, sear your burgers in a pan or on the grill to desired temperature (approximately 2 minutes per side). Season with salt and pepper as desired. Once you flip from the first side, top with cheese to melt and toast buns in the pan or on the grill while the cheese is melting.

  3. Build Your Burgers

    Once burgers are done, place on the bottom buns. Top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of BBQ sauce, add bread and butter pickles, stack high with onion rings or fried onions. Top with burger bun, and serve some additional BBQ sauce on the side if you like to dip. Enjoy this burger masterpiece!

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  • 3Servings
  • 13Ingredients
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