Vegan Smash Burger Tacos features a tasty, sizzling filling made with Beyond Meat or Impossible Meat. It’s a delicious plant-based twist on the current smash burger taco trend. Super flavorful ground “meat” is “smashed” into one side of a corn or flour tortilla and then pan fried on both sides. Choose your favorite fillings to finish. It’s a mouthwatering fusion of savory, plant-based goodness, blending the best of smash burgers with delicious tacos.
What are Smash Burger Tacos?
Smash burger tacos are a recent viral sensation and are a creative and non-traditional twist on both burgers and tacos. In this case, plant-based meat is pressed or “smashed” onto a tortilla and then onto a hot griddle, creating a thin patty with crispy edges. Once flipped, the tortilla side cooks as well. It’s not health food for sure, but it’s definitely simple, delicious, and fun.
Smash Burger Tacos: An Easy Plant-Based Dinner Recipe
Smash burger tacos are a fantastic dinner idea for a fun, easy, and flavorful meal. They bring together the best of both worlds – the crispy, juicy goodness of a smash burger with the delish variety of taco toppings. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or just craving something different, they’re a hit. Get creative with your toppings, and you’re in for a tasty adventure.
Plant-Based Meat for Smash Burger Tacos
When making plant-based smash burger tacos, you have some great options. Look for plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Meat Plant-Based Ground or Impossible Burger Ground Beef, which mimic the taste and texture of traditional beef. These options are perfect for smashing on the griddle and creating a crispy patty. Then, you can load them up with all your favorite taco toppings for a delicious, meat-free taco experience.
Tasty Topping Ideas for Smash Burger Tacos
Some excellent toppings for a smash burger taco could include fresh avocado slices, spicy salsa, vibrant pico de gallo, this easy plant-based creamy cheese sauce, crunchy pickled onions, fresh herbs like cilantro or chives, tangy lime wedges for squeezing, smoky grilled corn, sauteed bell peppers, and a delicious drizzle of chipotle mayo for an added kick. For a more gourmet touch, you can add truffle-infused guacamole, citrus-infused sour cream, or even these plant-based blue cheese crumbles available at Whole Foods, for a unique flavor twist. The possibilities are endless!
Corn or Flour Tortillas?
When it comes to crafting the ultimate smash burger tacos, it’s all about personal preference. I used corn tortillas because I like to go gluten-free. Corn tortillas offer a rustic, slightly nutty flavor and a sturdy texture. Flour tortillas are soft and pliable. Try both to see which suits your taste buds best, and enjoy experimenting.
What is the Best Pan for Smash Burger Tacos?
I’m a big fan of cast iron skillets. Properly seasoned, they’re the best as far as a nonstick surface. But if you don’t have one just use a regular stainless skillet or a nonstick one. I’ve collected mostly older ones from when they were milled to a smooth finish and I really like that. Most of the modern ones have a rough surface. There are fans of both. Here’s a new one that is milled to a smooth finish.
Start with Smashing the Meat
They’re called smash burgers for a reason. You start by smashing about a quarter cup of either Beyond Meat or Impossible Meat onto one side of a corn tortilla. I’m going to experiment with other homemade meats but these ready-made ones are what I started with. They do smash and stick really well. Just spread out the meat onto the corn tortilla and then place meat side down in a hot skillet.
Cook Both Sides
Fry the meat side for a couple minutes, it doesn’t take long. Then flip over and briefly fry the corn tortilla side.
Add some plant-based cheese shreds to the top of the meat, if you like. They melted a lot faster when I just flipped it all over again with the cheese directly on the pan for maybe 15 seconds. Then it was done. You can also put a lid on the pan and let the cheese melt more slowly but I recommend the flip and fast method. And, not gonna lie, it’s not the prettiest thing, but the gooey cheese is delicious.
Add the Toppings
All that’s left is to add your favorite toppings. I added what I had at the time, which is lettuce, avocado, green olives, and I also an avocado sauce. Put the smash meat shells in a holder. I have this set of metal taco holders and love them and use them all the time. I like that I can put them in the air fryer or oven, too. Although I just saw these and think they’d probably be even better. I’ll link them below and see what you think.
Smash Burger Taco Ingredients
- 16 oz pkg Beyond Meat Ground (or a 12 oz pkg Impossible Meat Ground Beef)
- 6 corn tortillas
- 1 1/2 cup plant-based cheese shreds (like Daiya or your favorite brand)
- 2 cups chopped lettuce
- 1 cup chopped avocado
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup green or black olives
- avocado sauce or salsa
- Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.
- Place an approximate 1/4 cup of Beyond or Impossible Meat in the center of a corn or flour tortilla and spread it out evenly to the edges.
- Place the meat tortilla meat side down in the heated skillet. Let cook for about 2 minutes, until the meat is cooked. Then flip.
- Add 1/4 cup cheese on top of the meat and then carefully flip over again so the taco is not cheese side down on the skillet. It will only take about 15 to 20 seconds to melt the cheese.
- Place in taco stands and add desired toppings.
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Beyond Meat Beyond Beef Plant-Based Ground 16 oz
Impossible Burger Made from Plants, 12oz
Backcountry Iron 12 Inch Smooth Wasatch Pre-Seasoned Round Cast Iron Skillet
Stainless Steel Spatula
All-Clad Specialty Stainless Steel Spatula
Stainless Steel Taco Holder Stand, Set of 6
Stainless Steel Taco Stand Rack Tray Style, Oven Safe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 31g
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.