Today I’m sharing a recipe from my cookbook with my friends from the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck. 

BurgerTime, for those of you who are too young to be reading this book. is an early 80’s video game featuring Chef Peter Pepper’s quest to assemble giant hamburgers by running over the ingredients while fighting off killer hot dogs, pickles and eggs. It’s one of the stupidest, most fun video games ever made, and I honor it with this really goofy dessert – whoopie pies that look like burgers, and taste like a chocolate-covered fruit salad.

Chocolate “beef patty” ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 4 tablespoons non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

To make the “patty,” beat together the margarine, shortening, confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder on low speed, increasing to medium, until the mixture is crumbly, about 1 minute. Add the soy milk, vanilla and salt, and beat on high until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scoop into a piping bag or plastic zip-top bag and refrigerate until firm – about an hour.

“Mustard”:

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or banana flavoring
  • 3-4 drops yellow food coloring

To make the “mustard,” beat together the margarine and shortening on medium for about 1 minute. Add the confectioner’s sugar, and beat on low until combined. Add the soy milk, vanilla or banana flavoring and enough drops of yellow food coloring until the mixture resembles mustard. Beat until smooth, about 4 minutes. Scoop into a piping bag or plastic zip-top bag and refrigerate until firm – about an hour.

Other toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut shaken with 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • fresh, sliced strawberries

To make “shredded lettuce,” place the shredded coconut in a large zip-top bag, add a few drops of green food coloring, close the bag and shake until the color is distributed evenly.

 

Wash and slice fresh strawberries to make “tomato” slices.
To assemble, invert a whoopie pie without sesame seeds and pipe the chocolate buttercream on in a large circle, resembling a burger patty. Sprinkle on some green coconut, and top with two slices of strawberries. Pipe the “mustard” over the top of all of the other toppings in a zig-zag pattern. Top with a sesame seed whoopie pie and press down lightly, so the ingredients ooze out just like a juicy burger.