Vegan California Burger Recipe

Topped with a tangy kiwi pomegranate salsa, garlicky guacamole, and crisp sprouts, this juicy vegan California burger recipe will have you dreaming of the west coast. Achieving your vegan macros just got easier thanks to Beyond Beef® burger patties; this recipe contains 30 grams of plant-based protein per built burger.


Californian west coast cuisine meets Beyond Meat® burger in this insatiable plant-based burger recipe. By transforming a few simple ingredients we put an eccentric twist on a classic burger build.

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How to Prepare Your Vegan California Burger Recipe 


  • 4 Beyond Meat® burger patties 
  • 4 burger buns (sesame, potato, or gluten-free; note the difference in nutrition, we used classic potato buns) 
  • 1 cup fresh Sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, mung bean, radish, or sunflower)
  • 1 head bib lettuce, cleaned and split into individual leaves 
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced 
  • Garlic guacamole 
  • Kiwi pomegranate salsa 

For the garlic guacamole 

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 cloves garlic 
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Pinch sea salt 
  • Pinch smoked paprika 

For the kiwi pomegranate salsa 

  • 4 kiwis, peeled and chopped 
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated 
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 
  • ¼ cup mint or parsley chopped 


  • Grill or saute pan 
  • Tongs 
  • Microplane or grater 
  • Two small bowls 
  • One small sheet pan 

Step 1: Prep Garlicky Guacamole and Kiwi Pomegranate Salsa 

To prepare the guacamole, remove the pit from the avocado and scoop the flesh into a small bowl. Using a microplane or grater, grate the garlic into the avocado; this releases more of the volatile oils in the garlic enhancing the flavor. 

Step 1: Prep Garlicky Guacamole

Use a fork to mash the avocado and mix in the garlic, lime juice, and a pinch of sea salt and smoked paprika. 

To prepare the kiwi pomegranate salsa, first slice off a small piece of the top of the kiwi, this will make it easy to peel using a knife or vegetable peeler. Peel all of your kiwis, then rough chop them into small dice. 

Step 1: Prep Kiwi Pomegranate Salsa 

Place your diced kiwi into a bowl and add the pomegranate seeds and chopped cilantro. Finish your salsa by using a microplane to grate the ginger into your salsa, stir and set aside. 

Step 1: Prep Kiwi Pomegranate Salsa

Step 2: Mise en Place Your Buns, Lettuce, Tomato, and Sprouts 

Step 2: Mise en Place Your Buns, Lettuce, Tomato and Sprouts 

A good cook will always collect their mise en place before starting the cooking process. 

Mise en place is a French term for "everything in its place" and in the culinary realm refers to the setup before cooking. Make sure you have all your ingredients, cookware, and take a breath before starting the cooking process. 

Step 3: Grill, Saute, or Air-Fry Your Beyond Meat® Burger and Toast Your Buns

When it comes to cooking your Beyond Beef® burger patty, you have a few options:

  • Grill for 3 minutes on each side (if using Trifecta a la carte burgers, heat for 1-2 minutes) 
  • Pre-heat a saute pan, add a 1-second spray of cooking oil, and sear for 4 minutes on each side 
  • Air-Fry at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through at the 4-minute mark 

Pro Tip: The only time you should touch your burger is when you flip it, don’t move it and touch it often; this ensures all of the juices stay inside the burger and it cooks evenly.

Toast your burger buns in the oven or toaster oven for 1-2 minutes, this will prevent the bun from getting soggy from the juicy Beyond burger and delicious toppings. 

Step 4: Build Your Burger 

Step 4: Build Your Burger

Prepare to make your meat-eating friends jealous. Once you have cooked your burger patty, build your burger however you’d like! I would recommend starting with lettuce and guacamole on the bottom bun to help secure all of the other toppings. 

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Servings, Storing, and Reheating 

Burgers can be a simple and tasty addition to your weekly vegan meal prep. Simply pre-cook your patties and store them in a food-safe container in the fridge, then separately mise en place your toppings and buns. When you’re ready to enjoy, microwave your pre-cooked patties for 2 minutes then build your burger! 

A low-carb way to enjoy a burger on the go is by turning your tasty burger into a salad bowl! Cook your burger patty and crumble on top of a bed of fresh salad greens and top with guacamole, salsa, sprouts, and sliced tomato; pair with this green goddess salad dressing or your favorite salad dressing! 

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Vegan California Burger Recipe


8 min


10 min




California west coast cuisine meets Beyond burger in this insatiable plant-based burger recipe.


  • 4 Beyond Meat burgers
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 cup fresh sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, mung bean, etc).
  • 1 head bib lettuce, cleaned and split into individual leaves
  • 1 roma tomato, sliced
  • Garlic guacamole
  • Kiwi salsa
  • Kiwi Pomegranate Salsa

  • 4 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Garlic Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of smoked paprika


  1. Prepare the guacamole by removing the seed from the avocado and mashing together with minced garlic, lime, a pinch of salt, and paprika.

  2. Prepare the kiwi pomegranate salsa by small dicing the kiwi, then mixing with the pomegranate seeds, cilantro, and minced ginger.

  3. Set aside all of your burger toppings: sprouts, lettuce, sliced tomato, guacamole, and salsa.

  4. Toast your burger buns in the oven or toaster oven.

  5. Grill the Beyond Meat burgers for 3 minutes on each side; if using Trifecta a la carte Beyond burgers, heat for 1-2 minutes on each side.

  6. Build your burger and dig in!


  • Microwave Trifecta patty instructions: microwave for 2 minutes to reheat, by making a small hole in the corner to allow steam to escape. Carefully remove plastic film and keep warm until needed.


Servings: 1 | Calories Per Serving: 530

  • Total Fat 28g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 690mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 42g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 30g
  • Vitamin A 134mcg
  • Vitamin C 38mg