Breaking Down the Veggie Burger at Chester Creek Cafe

By Michelle Truax

I know at least half of you are rolling your eyes at this post. But this veggie burger is seriously delicious. And it’s totally vegan.

And it’s National Veggie Burger Day.

And I’m a vegan.


Okay, by now we’ve probably lost the majority of the haters out there. Time to unleash what I can only describe as a serious love of legumes jammed together in delicious ways.

I get asked a lot about the components of a veggie burger. The truth is, it varies. I like to make white bean and red lentil burgers at home, but you’ll probably come across a more complex burger at a restaurant.

Chester Creek Cafe‘s veggie burger is a dreamy blend of black beans, quinoa and tempeh. You might be wondering about two or three of those ingredients… and I bet it’s not black beans.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is grown as a grain crop primarily for its seeds, which are usually cooked the same way as rice. The nutrient composition is comparable to wheat and rice, supplying a moderate amount of dietary fiber and minerals. Fun fact: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations declared 2013 to be the International Year of Quinoa.

Tempeh might freak you out, but it shouldn’t. Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but it has a firm texture and is a whole soybean product. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins. Thus, it’s used worldwide in vegetarian cuisine as a meat substitute.

What goes on the rest of this burger depends on whether you want a vegetarian or vegan dish. Usually the burger comes with sprouts, avocado, Monterey jack cheese, and cucumber aioli on a 3rd Street wheat bun.

It’s legit, and I would say the vegan version is just as good (the transition from vegetarian to vegan was years in the making for me, but they were delicious years).

Are you going to think it tastes like a real burger? Of course not. Is it still super tasty and nutritious? Of course!

If you’re still not sold on the whole veggie burger thing, no worries. More for me!