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.

Want more vegan burgers? Try these!

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 Impossible Burger paragraph? ›

The company says that making it uses 95% less land and 74% less water, and it emits about 87% less greenhouse gas than making a ground beef burger patty from cows. The plant-based burger has more protein, less total fat, no cholesterol, and less food energy than a similar-sized hamburger patty made with beef.

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.

What makes the Impossible Burger possible? ›

The Impossible Burger is a plant based product that is manufactured to closely mimic ground beef in texture and taste. The taste component comes from the inclusion of Leghemoglobin made from GMO yeast. Heme, which is found in hemoglobin and myoglobin, is the iron based molecule that give meat its distinctive taste.

What is the truth about the Impossible Burger? ›

These plant-based patties might not contain any meat and therefore be better for cows and the environment, but it turns out they're not necessarily good for us. The calorie and fat content is not much different from conventional offerings (still high) – and the sodium content is actually HIGHER.

Is The Impossible Burger a success? ›

Demand for Impossible Foods patties in restaurants – including Burger King, Starbucks and Applebee's – have grown each year since 2016 and sales of its products at supermarkets have grown by 50%, according to the company.

What is the message of good burger? ›

Hesiod offers practical advice and moral instruction, highlighting the virtues of hard work, honesty, and fair dealing. Similarly, "Good Burger" promotes values such as friendship, loyalty, and pursuing one's passions, suggesting that these are essential components of personal fulfillment and happiness.

Is Impossible Burger healthy? ›

The Impossible Burger can be a sustainable alternative to regular burgers and does contain higher amounts of several important nutrients, including vitamin B12, folate, and thiamine (3, 4 , 5 ). However, the Impossible Burger contains more sodium than regular ground beef and is lower in some vitamins and minerals.

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.

Is the Impossible Burger not vegan? ›

Consumers prefer 'plant-based' to 'vegan'

The Impossible Burger has conspicuously never been listed or marketed as a vegan product. In fact, much of the brand's marketing strategy – and indeed its core mission – is based on persuading omnivores and flexitarians to eat more plant-based foods. This decision is tactical.

Why is Impossible Burger so expensive? ›

Plant-based beef alternatives are more expensive than beef because of production costs. Even though the plant-based beef industry uses less grain to create its products than what gets used for livestock feed, the scale is much smaller. This leads to higher costs, which get passed to consumers.

Is the Impossible Burger halal? ›

Impossible Foods makes products for everyone, including those with religious dietary restrictions -- Impossible™ Beef Meat From Plants,* Impossible™ Ground Sausage Meat From Plants, and Impossible™ Sausage Links Meat From Plants are Halal and Kosher certified.

How are beyond burgers made? ›

HOW IS BEYOND MEAT® MADE? We use a simple process of heating, cooling, and pressure to create the fibrous texture of meat and layer in plant-based fats, carbohydrates, flavors, minerals, and fruit- and vegetable-based colors. The result? Uncompromisingly delicious meat made directly from plants.

Why does Impossible Burger taste so good? ›

In order to feed the planet in the most sustainable and scalable way possible, we generate heme by fermentation of genetically engineered yeast. The result is a magic ingredient that gives Impossible Burger the satisfying, crave-worthy aroma and taste of beef.

What is the white stuff in Impossible meat? ›

Ingredients. The Impossible burger is fortified with more minerals and vitamins than Beyond Meat. The white flecks in Beyond Meat and Impossible that act as fat are made from coconut oil and sunflower oil. Beyond meat also has cocoa butter in the “fat” component.

Are plant-based burgers healthy? ›

Downsides of plant-based meat alternatives

Some highly processed products, such as those from Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger, are just as high in total and saturated fat as their meat counterparts. The burgers even contain more sodium than a single beef patty, which may not support heart health ( 12 , 18 , 19 ).

Why is the Impossible Burger popular? ›

70% of consumers who have tried Impossible Burger say it tastes as good as or better than ground beef*. Our plant-based meat even cooks like traditional meat — searing on the outside with a pink juicy center — and provides the same amount of protein as a serving of 80/20 ground beef (19g per 4 oz serving).

What is the story of Impossible Foods? ›

Impossible Foods was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph. D. to end the use of animals to make food. Instead, we aim to make meat, dairy, and fish from plants.

What is the impossible food introduction? ›

About Us. We're Impossible Foods and our mission is to make the global food system truly sustainable by eliminating the need to make food from animals. Why? Animal agriculture uses a tremendous amount of the world's natural resources. In 2016, we launched our first product, Impossible™ Burger Made From Plants.

What does the Impossible Burger taste like? ›

You may have heard about the Impossible Burger, a plant-based patty that bleeds and sizzles when it cooks. It's made using an ingredient called haem (or heme, an iron-containing compound that's abundant in animal muscle) and aims to mimic that basic moreish meaty flavour.

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