If you love a little fire, something with a wow factor that's guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, meet the jalapeño mac and cheese burger with Shiitake bacon. These awesome sandwiches are a foodie dream come true. It has multiple flavor dimensions — salty, savory, spicy, and cheesy — and if you want to add a little sweetness into the mix, add a drizzle of maple syrup to the Shiitake bacon marinade.

Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon [Vegan]



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For the Patties:

  • 1 block vegan mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced
  • 4 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 3/4 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 4 buns

For the Shiitake Bacon:

  • 1 cup Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil or any oil


To Make the Shiitake Bacon:

  1. Add the sliced Shiitake to a bowl and coat in all the ingredients. Let sit for a few hours or overnight for optimal flavor or simply toss and bake at 200°F for 45 minutes until crispy. Rotate midway to ensure crispness.

To Make the Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burgers:

  1. In a pan, add the chopped vegan cheese and almond milk, then cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until completely melted and combined.
  2. Add to the cooked and drained pasta, combine, add the Shiitake bacon, sliced jalapeño, and panko. Form into patties, and serve on buns.