This past 4th of July- my fiance’ and I decided to host an all Vegan BBQ (YEY!) An arduous/exciting task to say the least, as many of our friends are non-vegan and I really wanted to make an positive impression. To me, enjoying time with good friends, in a completely cruelty free environment, is how I wanted to spend my 4th (Freedom for ALL!) But with the king staple at any BBQ being the all mighty burger-I knew I had to bring out the big guns. I decided to retire the notion of having “store bought” main dishes & sides, and went all out preparing almost everything from scratch (except the veggie dogs). When I think about any store bought veggie burgers I’ve had in the past, the main issue I have is in the texture- or lack there of. Many veggie burgers end up a mushy, pasty mess- that has to be (over)cooked to the point of no return. I ended up rummaging through dozens of online recipes, mixing and matching, until I discovered a recipe that not only delivers in the texture department, but packs a flavor punch that anyone- I mean ANYONE with operating taste buds can appreciate. Doing my own version of a vegetarian recipe, I was able to substitute the eggs with vegan mayo- and the cheese with Chao slices- making this a vegan burger PACKED with flavor and void of any animal products.