Our independence day is almost here. Celebrate freedom with great tasting vegan delicacies. Make this year’s vegan Fourth Of July stand out with diverse cuisine ranging from BBQ burgers, vegan hot dogs, cheesecake, and many more. Who says parties without animal-based barbeques should be boring? With these recipes, even the non-vegan will find it hard to resist.
Thai Quinoa Burger
If you love the Thai flavors of cilantro, lemongrass, and curry paste and you cherish the American burger, then this is for you. The Thai Quinoa Burger combines all these ingredients to give you a spicy finger licking burger rich in protein.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
For the Quinoa
- 1 cup quinoa rinsed
- 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
- Two flax eggs
- Three tablespoons ground flax seed
- Five tablespoons of water
For the Patty
- One can of rinsed and drained chickpeas
- 1/2 cup of chopped snow peas
- 1 cup dry oats
- 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- Two tablespoons canola oil
- One tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- One tablespoon red curry paste
- One tablespoon of freshly ground ginger-garlic paste
- 1 cup finely diced red onions
- A pinch of ground black pepper and Kosher salt
- Fresh green chilies
- One tablespoon of agave nectar
To Assemble The Burger
- 6 Burger Buns
- BBQ sauce of your choice (like mayo and hoisin sauce)
- Spinach, fresh carrots, or lettuce
- Mung bean sprouts
In a bowl, whisk the ground flax with water and set aside for 10 minutes.
In a small saucepan, boil the vegetable broth with quinoa. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the broth is completely absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
Meanwhile, pulse the oats in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add in the flax egg together with the rest of the patty ingredients. Process for a while until the mixture is smooth and thick. For a small serving, measure one cup of the cooked quinoa and add it to the food processor. Refrigerate the rest of the quinoa for future use.
Coat a baking sheet with oil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, Make at least six patties out of the burger mixture. Heat a large frying pan with vegetable oil. And fry the patties on each side until they are golden brown. Place the fried patties on the baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes.
Get your six-burger buns and assemble with your favorite BBQ sauce, veggies, and sprouts.
Hot dogs are a favorite summer meal. I love grilling mine on the Vegan Fourth Of July while basking in the sunshine. These vegan hot dogs have little or no saturated fat. In addition, they don’t have cholesterol and they are lower on calories compared to the animal-based hotdogs.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 12 pieces of well-drained marinated artichokes
- 12 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes
- 11/2 cups of kidney beans well drained
- One garlic clove – minced
- 1/3 cup of rolled oats
- One teaspoon of smoked paprika
- Black pepper, a pinch of salt, and oil.
Drain the artichoke hearts and the sun-dried tomatoes using kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil. Add the artichokes, the tomatoes, kidney beans, clove, oat, and paprika to a food processor. Smear a pinch of salt, pepper, and oil. Blitz the mixture until it is evenly mixed.
Spray your baking tray with oil. Mold the mixture into sausage shapes of the desired size as you line them up on the baking tray. Spray the sausages with oil and bake them for half an hour checking them occasionally to ensure they are firm and golden brown.
Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake
This chilled cheesecake looks very sophisticated yet very simple to make. It has different layers of pink and a beautiful fresh raspberry arrangement on top with a velvety cream perfect for the Vegan Fourth Of July dessert. We use agar powder to make the cake firm even in this hot summer weather.
- 6 Medjool dates
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup raw cashews – soak them overnight and pat them dry
- 3 cups of freshly made coconut cream
- 1/8 cup of lemon juice
- 4 cups of fresh raspberries
- One tablespoon of agar powder
- 1 cup of water
Pulse the dates, coconut, and salt in a food processor. Ensure the mixture still maintains its rough texture. Press the mixture firmly on a cake ring to prepare the cheesecake crust. Keep aside.
Meanwhile, blend the soaked cashews and 1 cup of coconut cream, slowly adding more coconut cream until the mixture is well blended. Add the lemon juice and mix lightly without curdling the milk. Divide the coconut base among four separate bowls and keep aside.
Puree the fresh raspberries with the dates to prepare the raspberry base. Remove the raspberry seeds by straining them. You can also use cheesecloth to get rid of all raspberry seeds.
In a small saucepan, add the agar powder, water and the dates-raspberry mixture. Heat the saucepan, and then let the mixture simmer for a minute. Do this quickly before the agar sets.
Get your four bowls of coconut base. In the first bowl, add ten tablespoons of the raspberry mixture. In the second bowl, add seven tablespoons of the raspberry mixture. Five tablespoons in the third bowl, and finally two tablespoons in the fourth bowl. The raspberry mixture shall create different layers of pink in your cake. The first bowl is mostly red whereas the last bowl is the lightest in color.
Use a spoon to mix the raspberry mixture into the coconut base in each bowl.
Get the cake ring. Spread fourth bowl mixture over the crust to create your first layer. Then spread the third bowl mixture on top of the first layer to create your second layer. Do the same with the second and first bowls respectively. Then top up any raspberry-date mixture that remained onto the fourth layer. Swirl it with a sharp knife to create pretty effects.
Chill the cheesecake for three hours before removing the cake ring. Garnish the cake with fresh raspberries or some edible flowers.
The Bottom Line
If you loved these Vegan Fourth Of July recipes, then I’m sure you’ll love our other collection of vegan recipes. The vegan pizza, vegan chicken nuggets, and vegan donuts can also be an excellent addition to your dishes for the 4th of July party. Try the above recipes this Vegan Fourth Of July, and let us know what you think.