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Vegan “Big Mac” in a Bowl

vegan big mac burger bowl recipe

This “Big Mac” in a Bowl recipe is everything you love about a fast food burger but much fresher and more flavorful! Plus it’s 100% vegan!

vegan big mac burger bowl recipe

Shredded lettuce is a must for a good fast food burger and the same is true here. Cool and crunchy all the way! Next I add not one but two vegan burger patties, the all-important combo of diced tomatoes, onions, and pickles and then it’s time for my Hamburger Bun Croutons! (aka an excellent way to use those two random hamburger buns you have lying around after last week’s bbq 😉)

The sauces are pretty key here. Ketchup, mustard, and my Vegan Burger Sauce make this bowl taste like something you picked up at a drive through in the best way!


  • 4 Vegan Burger Patties Store-bought works well, I used Whole Food’s 365 Meatless Burgers but if you’d like to make your own, this recipe and these recipes are my go-tos. 
  • Hamburger Bun Croutons (recipe below)
  • Shredded Vegan Cheese, I used VioLife
  • Chopped tomatoes, onions, and pickles
  • Vegan Burger Sauce (recipe below)
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

vegan big mac burger bowl recipe

Vegan “Big Mac” in a Bowl

Nicole Vranjican
Vegan burger patties, shredded lettuce, Dairy Free Burger Sauce, and homemade Hamburger Bun Croutons! Basically everything you love about a fast food burger but much fresher and more flavorful! Plus it's 100% vegan!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings


"Big Mac" in a Bowl Ingredients

  • 4-8 cooked vegan burger patties the ones I use are thin so I use 2 per person
  • 6 cups shredded lettuce like Romaine or Iceberg
  • 1/3 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese I used VioLife
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/3 cup diced white onion
  • chopped or sliced pickles
  • ketchup and mustard

Hamburger Bun Croutons

  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 big pinches kosher salt
  • 2 big pinches black pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil or melted vegan butter
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds optional

Vegan Burger Sauce

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp water optional


Make the Burger Sauce

  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients except the water in a bowl and mix well.
    If the vegan mayo you're using is very thick you can add 1-2 tsp of water to thin it out if desired. Mix well and set aside.
    Tip: I sometimes do 1/2 vegan mayo, 1/2 plain unsweeteend almond milk yogurt to make this dressing and it works well too.

Hamburger Bun Croutons

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
    Cut the hamburger buns into cubes and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and spices and then toss to coat.
    Transfer to a cookie sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown and crispy. About 5 minutes.


  • Divide the lettuce bwteen 4 bowls. Top with the warm burger patty, vegan cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and Hamburger Bun Croutons.
    Drizzle generously with ketchup and mustard and top with a dollop of Vegan Burger Sauce. Enjoy!

Hearty, savory, and fresh. This is my go-to burger bowl but I also love this delicious Steakhouse inspired version and this Grilled Pineapple Burger Bowl if you’re looking for some more ideas. Hope you enjoy! If you did please comment below and give this recipe a 5 star rating. It really helps more people find my blog. Thank you!

Hope you have a great day,


Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

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