You know that we love unique burger recipes in this house, and today’s Holiday Burger Recipe with cranberry relish is no exception!
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Holiday Burger Recipe
We entertain a lot and I have friends from all walks and philosophies of life.
While we are not vegan, I want to have delicious recipes and items on hand so that my vegan guests know that they are always welcome – and so they feel “treated” when they visit my home. My vegan friend told me a couple years ago that she always feels like she is imposing when she is hosted, and I never ever want to give someone that impression. I even try to prepare recipes that my meat-eating family will enjoy so that my guests don’t feel like I prepared two meals to accommodate them.
We worked with Morningstar Farms earlier this year on our Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Ella really enjoyed their breakfast sausages, so we were excited to be invited to check out the MorningStar Farms® Tex-Mex Burgers which are vegan and 100% plant based protein from beans & rice – 11g of protein!
The new MorningStar Farms Quarter Pound Vegan Burgers can be prepared a variety of ways, including being grilled, but I stuck to the frying pan for these holiday burgers. I went with the Tex-Mex Burgers due to their flavor profile: green chiles, jalapeno peppers and red peppers. Yum!
I paired the burgers with a homemade cranberry relish, stuffing-flavored toasted buns, and some shredded carrots for a bit of crunch. While the adults enjoyed the carrots, the kids were not a fan – but everyone loved the cranberry relish paired with the burgers. It was unexpected, but the sweetness balanced nicely with the slightly spicy burgers.
These holiday burgers would be a fun lunch to serve during the holidays, especially for a low-key get-together when you don’t necessarily want to gather around a table for a formal meal.
Holiday Burger Ingredients
- MorningStar Farms Burgers
- White Sugar
- Pretzel Buns <– grab our recipe for homemade pretzel buns
- Oil of choice
- Stuffing Seasoning
- Carrots, shredded
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: if you don’t like carrots, swap them out for another crunchy vegetable. The cranberry sauce can also be made a bit spicy with the addition of some peppers or chiles.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
- Cookie sheet
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Vegetable Shredder
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make Holiday Burgers
First up is our cranberry relish.
Chop up your oranges and add to a saucepan with your sugar and cranberries.
Heat over medium heat until just before your desired consistency is met, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.
Remove the sauce from the heat before it hits the perfect consistency as it will continue to thicken for a couple minutes off of the heat.
Next, prepare your stuffing buns.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cut each bun in half.
Add the stuffing spices to your 1/4 cup oil and brush on the cut buns with a pastry brush.
Arrange your buns on a baking sheet and bake until slightly toasted, about 5 minutes.
Prepare your burgers according to the package directions.
While the burgers are cooking, use a vegetable spiralizer or shredder to shred your carrots.
Remove the burgers from the frying pan and add a Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
Once the oil is hot, add the carrots and cook for 2 minutes. (Note: you can leave the carrots uncooked if you prefer for crunch.)
Finally, assemble your burgers.
Place the burgers on a stuffing-flavored bun and spread with cranberry relish. Top with a generous helping of the shredded carrots.
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Grab your free printable for our holiday burger recipe:
- MorningStar Farms Tex-Mex Burgers (4ct Value Pack)
- 1 1/2 cups cranberries
- 1 orange
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 pretzel buns (or buns of choice)
- 1/4 cup PLUS 1 Tablespoon oil of choice
- 2 teaspoons stuffing seasoning
- 2 carrots, shredded
- First up is our cranberry relish.
- Chop up your oranges and add to a saucepan with your sugar and cranberries.
- Heat over medium heat until just before your desired consistency is met, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the sauce from the heat before it hits the perfect consistency as it will continue to thicken for a couple minutes off of the heat.
- Next, prepare your stuffing buns.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cut each bun in half.
- Add the stuffing spices to your 1/4 cup oil and brush on the cut buns with a pastry brush.
- Arrange your buns on a baking sheet and bake until slightly toasted, about 5 minutes.
- Prepare your burgers according to the package directions.
- While the burgers are cooking, use a vegetable spiralizer or shredder to shred your carrots.
- Remove the burgers from the frying pan and add a Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add the carrots and cook for 2 minutes. (Note: you can leave the carrots uncooked if you prefer for crunch.)
- Finally, assemble your burgers.
- Place the burgers on a stuffing-flavored bun and spread with cranberry relish. Top with a generous helping of the shredded carrots.
- Serve immediately.
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McCormick Poultry Seasoning, 0.65 oz
Sunkuka Julienne Peeler Stainless Steel Cutter Slicer with Cleaning Brush Pro for Carrot Potato Melon Gadget Vegetable Fruit
Fresh Brand – Whole Carrots, 16 oz
Morningstar Farms, Veggie Burgers, Grillers Original, Vegetarian, 9 oz (4 Count)
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet With Assist Handle, 10.25", Black
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 4519mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 14g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
These vegetarian holiday burgers are a great recipe to have on hand for when you are entertaining friends over the holidays.