I'm Possible Burger, Beyond the Impossible Burger Recipe (2024)

Impossible Burger to make at home! DIY! This I’m Possible Burger is a great imitation of the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger, and it’s both simple and inexpensive to make at home with common items from your local grocery. Recipe below!

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DIY Impossible Burger at Home

The Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger are getting massive attention right now. The Impossible Burger, which even “bleeds,” has received over $250 million in support from investors like Bill Gates. The Beyond Burger is more widely available, and also resembles the real thing.

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Both can be a little hard to find, though. and the main ingredient in the Impossible Burger is wheat, which means GF vegans, like me, aren’t even going to be able to try it. It’s also a little pricey and contains genetically modified yeast, which may be a turn off for some.

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Beyond the Impossible Burger

I recently tried the Beyond Burger at my favorite Ann Arbor restaurant, Seva. It was fantastic, like all their vegan options, but would like to make it at home, too. I’ve had some spectacular fails when it comes to bean burgers, to be honest, but this burger combination that includes tempeh and mushrooms sticks together really well, isn’t mushy in the center, and looks and tastes a great deal like the “real thing.”

Real thing?? Whaaaat? At dinner with friends last weekend, we were asked, “Why do you like things that look and taste like real meat if you’re vegan?” Good question. I like them mostly because they’re tasty and I can enjoy them knowing they’re healthier and made from plants … so aren’t causing so much misery.

Trusted Opinions

I asked some trusted and experienced vegans what they thought, as well.

Marla Rose, Vegan Street

Marla Rose, of Vegan Streetand co-founder of the yearly Chicago Vegan Mania, says about not-meats,“… if they help you to not eat other animals, I am all for them. I like to remind people that these so-called ‘faux foods’ have been around for thousands of years, developed in China as meat replacements for Buddhists. ” (Check out her favorite Falafel Burger recipe HERE). She goes on to say, “I honestly like hippie veggie burgers best, the ones that are grains, beans and veggies all mashed up together. Like I said, the ones everyone makes fun of and converts no meat-eaters.”
Me, too!

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Jo Stepaniak, IBS Vegan

“I love all types of plant-based foods, including those that are intended to replicate animal products. For me, what matters isn’t what they are similar to but whether these foods have a great flavor, healthy ingredients, and a pleasing texture.” Says Jo Stepaniak, fromIBS Veganand author of many popular cookbooks, includingLow FODMAP Veganand The Ultimate UnCheese Cookbook.Her favorites? “My favorite vegan burgers to date are the Cornucopia Oat Burgers from my book Vegan Vittles: Second Helpings. In terms of commercial products, my favorites are the Gardein Beefless Burger and Amy’s Sonoma Burger. After that, I’d say any vegan burger someone wants to make for me! ”

I’ll make you an I’m Possible Burger, Jo!

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Eric C. Lindstrom, The Skeptical Vegan

Eric C. Lindstromis the author of “The Skeptical Vegan” and “The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids” (Skyhorse Publishing), a vegan blogger, and Director of Marketing for Compassion Over Killing. He says, “I’ve long-held the belief that a vegan diet is actually less limiting than an omnivore diet since vegans can eat anything they want; as long as it’s vegan. Our diets are less limited since the majority of what we eat is healthier than its animal flesh, milk-laden, or egg-induced counterpart. And this includes so-called ‘vegan meats.'”

Eric’s Favorites?

“I’ve been a SuperFan (brand ambassador) for Beyond Meat for many year so I am a bit biased. I do love the Beyond Burger (in fact, served 40 of them at a summer book launch event) more than any other vegan burger on the market and it’s hard for me to compare it with other vegan burgers. That being said, I was lucky enough to try the Impossible Burger recently (thanks to Cornell University Dining) and was very impressed.”

“It’s at this point I am supposed to say ‘within moderation’ and ‘limiting processed foods.’ There, I said it.”

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Bruce Friedrich, The Good Food Institute

Bruce Friedrich is a longtime vegan as well as the co-founder and Executive Director of The Good Food Institute. He makes the point, “Each time someone orders a plant-based alternative to conventional meat, that makes a positive difference in the world. And people are ordering more and more plant-based meat; for example, Impossible Foods’ plant-based burger is outselling its beefy counterparts in nearly 250 restaurants nationwide, and it’s mostly meat-eaters consuming it.”

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Quick, Simple, Inexpensive, Delicious!

On to the recipe, which is simple and quick. As far as cost. I got everything at a local grocery and made the whole batch of 8 medium-sized burgers for about $10. The tempeh was $4 for a pkg, mushrooms were on sale for $1.69 for 12 oz, the rice was about $.50 worth from a 15 lb bag of Kokuho Rose Rice (a sticky rice I use for sushi), $.50 worth of fresh beets, and a few spices that are staples.

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The tempeh and mushrooms are great for protein and add a “meaty” texture and flavor.

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The burgers can be sauteed in a little oil, or in a nonstick pan without oil.

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*original recipe has been edited to reduce the amount of beets

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I'm Possible Burger Plant-Based Vegan Burger

The I'm Possible Burger is a great imitation of the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger, and it's both simple and inexpensive to make at home with common items from your local grocery.

CourseMain Course


Keywordimpossible burger at home

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Servings 8 burgers

Calories 125 kcal



  1. Cook the rice and set aside one cup.

  2. Sauté the mushrooms until tender and browned.

  3. Coarsely chop the tempeh into 1/2 inch cups.

  4. Add all ingredients to a large bowl food processor and process until mostly chopped, and incorporated, and the mix resembles "hamburger."

  5. Divide into eight pieces (or more or less, depending on how large you want your burgers), and shape into patties.

  6. Sauté patties in a pan with optional oil and serve on buns with your choice of condiments.

Nutrition Facts

I'm Possible Burger Plant-Based Vegan Burger

Amount Per Serving

Calories 125

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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DIY Impossible Burger 2.0

A different twist on this. The DIY Impossible Burger 2.0 recipe is easy to make at home using commonly found ingredients. It’s vegan and gluten-free, too!

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Vegan Butter Burger

This vegan butter burger is absolutely delicious. It can be made as greasy, gooey, cheesy comfort food … there’s also a healthier option without butter or oil and it’s still delicious. Both versions are simple to make using commonly available ingredients.

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Garbanzo Bean Burgers

These Banzo Burgers are the perfect, sturdy, firm, not mushy vegan plant-based chickpea burger. They stick together,are lighter than most bean-based burgers, and so versatile. They can be used in any burger, wrap, sandwich, bowl, etc.

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Or maybe some brats? Try these!

DIY Beyond Sausage Make Your Own Brats

DIY Beyond Sausage Vegan Brats are a delicious, hearty, and meaty replica of the commercial version, which is also totally delicious, btw.

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Need a side dish? Try this!

Southern-Style Potato Salad

Southern style potato salad was an old favorite and it’s been ages since I had some. I just hadn’t gotten around to veganizing it. Which is unfortunate because this is SO easy. We made this for both a cookout and going away party (someone’s moving to Chile!) and it was fantastic. Just like the southern style potato salad I remember from when I was a kid. Creamy, starchy, mustardy. Delish.

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Lisa Viger Gotte

Hello! I’m Lisa, a vegan artist, photographer, author, Vegan Life Coach Educator, and RYT 200 yoga teacher. I love showing others how simple and delicious a plant-based diet can be. I draw and paint, cook, write, take lots of pics, eat lots of chocolate, and practice gratitude daily.

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What is the secret ingredient in Impossible Burger? ›

Well, according to Impossible Foods, the answer is in one key ingredient: heme. It sounds unfamiliar, and you're unlikely to see it listed on the back of any other products you can find in the supermarket. But it's actually pretty common. In fact, heme is in every living thing on the planet.

How do you jazz up an Impossible Burger? ›

Build your Burger

Spread jalapeño-mayo on the bottom buns. Top with lettuce leaves, tomato slices, thinly sliced red onion rings, and your perfectly grilled Impossible Burger with melted cheese. Add avocado smash and complete your burger with the top burger bun. Enjoy this perfect summer burger!

How to make Impossible Burger patties? ›

Grill Impossible Burger: Form your patties and preheat your surface, whether it's an open-flame grill, flat-top griddle, cast iron pan, or however you like to cook Impossible Burger. Gently place a burger patty on the hot surface and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until you see a nice sear.

What are the ingredients in the Impossible Burger? ›

Ingredients: Water, Plant Protein (21%) (Soy), Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Thickener (INS 461), Glutamic Acid, Natural Flavours, Cultured Dextrose, Modified Starch, Yeast Extract, Soy Leghemoglobin (genetically modified), Salt, Antioxidant (INS 307b), Vitamins and Minerals (Zinc Gluconate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Thiamine ...

What is the lawsuit against the Impossible Burger? ›

The legal dispute between Impossible and Motif — which began in March 2022 — centers on the use of heme proteins to impart a deep red color and meaty flavors to plant-based burgers and other products.

Is Impossible Burger junk food? ›

In terms of nutrition, the Impossible Burger is a good source of protein and fiber, and is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol compared to traditional beef. However, it is higher in sodium, calories, and fat than some other plant-based burger options.

How do they make Impossible Burger taste like meat? ›

Heme, or soy leghemoglobin, is the ingredient said to set the Impossible Burger apart from other plant-based burgers. It adds to the flavor and color of the burger and makes it “bleed” like a beef burger does when cut.

Are impossible burgers healthy? ›

Insider's takeaway. The Impossible Burger is a high-protein plant-based burger. Although it isn't necessarily healthier than a traditional beef burger, it is more sustainable and offers a good source of plant-based protein, especially for those on strictly plant-only diets.

Should I thaw Impossible Burger before grilling? ›

If you don't have time to thaw your Impossible Burger patties, they're perfectly fine to cook from a frozen state. Simply preheat a well-oiled pan to medium high and cook for ~4 minutes per side.

What is the best method for Impossible Burger? ›

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in 12‑inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Using spatula, transfer 6 patties to skillet and cook until well browned on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip patties and continue to cook until browned on second side and meat registers 130 to 135 degrees, about 2 minutes.

Is it better to cook Impossible Burger frozen or thawed? ›

The package should be consumed prior to the "use by" date printed on the back of the package. If you purchase a frozen package of Impossible™ Burger Patties Meat From Plants, you can cook the patties from frozen or after thawing -- they're great either way!

What makes impossible burgers pink? ›

The ingredient is also referred to as genetically engineered “heme,” soy leghemoglobin. It is the color additive Impossible Foods uses to make its plant-based burger appear to “bleed” as if it were beef.

Are impossible burgers too processed? ›

According to Samuels, Impossible meats are particularly problematic. "This product is highly processed," she says. "Ultra or highly processed foods are foods that have additional artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives to promote shelf stability, preserve texture, and increase palatability.

Is the Impossible Burger actually vegan? ›

While Impossible's proprietary plant-based heme is 100 percent free from animal-derived ingredients, it was tested on animals – at least once – in order to gain full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to be “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS.

What are the fillers in impossible meat? ›

What are the ingredients in Impossible™ Beef Meat From Plants?
  • Protein from soy.
  • Flavor from heme (the molecule that makes meat taste, well, meaty)
  • Fat from sunflower and coconut oils makes it sizzle on the griddle.
  • Binders hold it together so you can make anything you want — meatloaf, kebabs, chili, and more.

What is heme in food? ›

Part of what makes meat delicious is its high concentration of heme, a family of iron-containing molecules that serve a variety of functions, including oxygen transportation and involvement with electron transport and redox reactions.

What gives the Impossible Burger its texture? ›

Texture from coconut oil, sunflower oil and binders that give Impossible Burger its sizzle, juiciness, and versatility so you can use it any way you'd use ground beef.

What is the heme in impossible meat? ›

Although heme has been consumed every day for hundreds of thousands of years, Impossible Foods discovered that it's what makes some meat taste so meaty. We make heme using a yeast genetically engineered with the gene for soy leghemoglobin, which is derived from soy plants.

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