Vegetarian Hamburger Salad

This Vegetarian Hamburger Salad has become a staple in my kitchen. It’s not just delicious; it’s soul-satisfying. Even though this is a new dish, each mouthful brings back summer memories. That’s because the crisp pickles, onion, mustard, and herbs all scream backyard BBQ. It’s almost as if you’re eating a meatless hamburger.

BulgurAim for a really small bulgur variety. If, for some reason, you are unable to get your hands on bulgur, feel free to use couscous.
PicklesThis key ingredient is going to add crunch, and saltiness to its brine, and is going to give that “hamburger-like” taste.
OnionsIt is going to add so much flavor. You may use red, white, or yellow onion.
DillThis herb is absolutely amazing when combined with pickles. I wouldn’t swap for any other herb.
CucumberYou’ll want to use Persian cucumbers because of their thin skin (no need to peel) and tiny edible seeds. If you can only find an American cucumber, simply peel and remove the inner seeds.
For the DressingThe base is crafted with mustard, olive oil, honey, Aleppo pepper, and oregano. Simple yet so tasty and fresh tasting!
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The Secret to the Perfect Vegetarian Hamburger Salad Salad

  • This is the most crucial step. It’s important to add an equal ratio of 1:1 water to bulgur. Any extra water will leave the bulgur overly wet.
  • Also, the dressing has a modest amount. Again, that’s to ensure that the salad doesn’t become too soggy and unpleasant. Light and fluffy are key.

Dice the Veggies around the Same Size

  • I prefer to dice the onions, pickles, and cucumbers into small, uniform pieces. Because the vegetables are chopped fine, you receive a little bit of each component in each bite, which is essential for mouthfeel.

How Long Does this Salad Last?

Feel free to store this salad in a container with a lid for no longer than 48 hours. I find that the cucumbers can tend to be less crunchy then.

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Vegetarian Hamburger Salad

Prep Time 10 min Rest Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins Servings: 4


For the Dressing


  1. Add the bulgur to a large mixing bowl. Pour the boiling water over the bulgur, cover with a cloth, and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, dice the veggies and start making the dressing.

  2. Make the dressing by adding mustard, honey, olive oil, oregano, Aleppo pepper, salt, and pepper into a bowl and whisk until a homogenized dressing forms.

  3. When ready, fluff the bulgur with a fork (or I like to use my hands) until all balls are fluffy and light. Next, add the dressing and mix with a fork (or again, I like to use my hands). 

  4. Finally, add the diced veggies, and dill to the bulgur. Toss to combine. Enjoy right away or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. 

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