My life changed when I tried cauliflower wings. I think that me making a buffalo cauliflower wing burger was just meant to happen.
It may seem dramatic, but it’s not wrong. I have been obsessed with wings for a large part of my life. I used to love going to Buffalo Wild Wings and pigging out on their boneless wings with several different wing sauces. Then, well, I went vegan.
I thought my wing days were over until I bought some Gardein wings and some BWW sauces and had them during the Superbowl-Serious yum!
However, the Gardein wings are very processed, and I wanted to enjoy a healthier alternative. Then, I finally mustered up the courage to try cauliflower wings. I assumed that they’d be gross, but then I finally opened up my previously narrow mind and completely fell in love with them. In the last several months, I have made so many batches of cauliflower wings. I had them every week for a month or two for awhile there.
During football season, cauliflower wings are our go-to. We make a big pan and scarf them down throughout the afternoon. Now that it’s Summer, we’ve been having lots of veggie burgers. It eventually hit me that I could add cauliflower wings to my veggie burgers with a vegan ranch.
And just like that, my perfect Summer dinner was brought to life.
For the buffalo cauliflower wing burger recipe, I just went with standard buffalo cauliflower wings and a standard black bean veggie burger. For the ranch, I used to make one out of Vegenaise, but I wanted to challenge myself to create something healthier and cleaner. I had heard great things about hemp ranch, so I did some testing and discovered a recipe that I love! It really does complete the dish in my opinion.
To me, nothing beats a spicy buffalo sauce paired with a cold, creamy ranch. Add the delicious texture of a veggie patty, and the results are WOW! My buffalo cauliflower wing burger was as good as I could have ever imagined!
It seems like there is a lot to do at once with this recipe, but I promise it isn’t so bad! To save time when you go to prepare the recipe, I would recommend making the ranch and/or the veggie patties beforehand. You can keep the ranch in an airtight container for about 2 weeks. With veggie patties, you can either shape them and refrigerate them, or you could cook or bake them (I provide both options in the recipe) and reheat them later. The cauliflower has to be in the oven for 20 minutes, so even if you don’t have time to pre-make anything, you should have lots of time to prepare the ranch and burgers while the cauliflower is baking.
If the idea of the cauliflower wing burger just isn’t for you, no problem! You could always try the wings on their own with some ranch as dipping sauce. The wing recipe is just as delicious on it’s own- no patty or bun is necessary (but trust me, it’s so good and I totally recommend trying it).
I hope you enjoy my new Summer staple. This buffalo cauliflower wing burger is appropriate for BBQs, picnics, or just a regular ole dinner. It’s especially best enjoyed outside with beer and fries to go with it- just saying.
And ladies, this is a very boyfriend/husband friendly recipe! My boyfriend loves being vegan, but relies so heavily on processed foods. I try so hard to get him to eat cleaner, and this was successful! He thought it was “interesting”, and very flavorful. Nothing beats healthy, vegan bar food. I think this will be a game day and video game night staple for us.
I hope you get a chance to try this interesting concoction! Don’t be surprised if you see about 500 other buffalo recipes appear on the blog overtime because I am seriously obsessed.
- 1 Small Head of Cauliflower, shopped into florets
- 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (or oat, brown rice flour, all purpose, etc.)
- ¾ Cup Water
- ¾ Cup Hot Sauce (I used Frank’s)
- 1 15oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice
- 1 Medium Sweet Potato, baked
- 1 Tbsp Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- Hemp Ranch
- 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Make the Buffalo Cauliflower: In a Large bowl, add flour and water. Whisk until there are no clumps. One by one, dip cauliflower into batter and fully coat. Place cauliflower onto baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, slipping halfway through to ensure even baking.
- 2. In a food processor, add all ingredients for the veggie burger and blend until combined. Alternatively, mash ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Place in the fridge for 5 minutes (or up to 1-2 hours).
- 3. Make the Hemp Ranch: In a food processor, add all ranch ingredients and process on high until smooth and creamy. Place ranch in fridge until ready to serve.
- 4. Remove burgers from fridge. Form into 3 large patties. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes (can bake at same time as buffalo wings on the bottom rack). After 20 minutes, flip and bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until burgers are firm, and slightly crisp on the outside. Alternatively, heat a tablespoon of oil on medium heat and cook burgers on both sides for about 3-5 minutes, or until slightly crisp. Remove from heat.
- 5. Once wings are out of the oven, add hot sauce to a bowl, and dip the cauliflower into the sauce, fully coating every section. Once done, place cauliflower back into the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.
- 6. Assembly: Place patties on buns (toasted bun is preferable, but optional). Add 3-4 cauliflower wings on top of the bun, and pour desired amount of hemp ranch on top. If you have any extra wings (you most likely will), they make a great snack with extra ranch. Wings/Burgers can be refrigerated for 2-3 days, but taste best when fresh.