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Impossible Fast Food Burger

Impossible Fast Food Burger
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The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Graham R. and his dog, Carl. For more of their delicious food ventures, visit them on Instagram @cookingwithcarrrl.

Is there anything more comforting than a greasy fast food burger? They always hit the spot, but inevitably leave me feeling sluggish after devouring one… or two. So, why not make a burger that’s a bit lighter, but still resembles that square fast food burger our hearts long for!? I stepped out of my meaty realm and created an Impossible imposter fast food burger by swapping traditional beef for a plant-based patty.

Impossible Ground Burger

Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat alternatives have been around for a while, but today they’re more popular than ever! This plant based “meat” brick really threw me for a loop! Of course it looked like beef, but when I removed it from the packaging, I realized that it felt like real ground beef and even had marbling. You’d never believe that soy protein and coconut oil are the main ingredients. Crazy!

When I finally grilled the burgers, I was, once again, shocked. The crust on the outside resembled a real burger, the inside looked identical to a cooked all-beef patty and the texture was that of a grilled burger. These would have fooled me if I had not cooked them myself! This “meat” would be amazing in chili or tacos, too as it really takes on the flavor of the seasonings you use. If plant-based meat alternatives aren’t for you, I’d still keep a brick on-hand for your vegetarian friends!

Impossible Fast Food Burger

This recipe is as straightforward as it gets, but feel free to get creative with the toppings! Like they say, have it your way!

Impossible Fast Food Burger

Impossible Fast Food Burger


  • 1 12 oz. square pack of Impossible ground burger
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • American cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced thin
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • Pickle chips
  • Lettuce
  • 1 package of Heinen's brioche buns


  1. Fifteen minutes before forming the burgers, place the Impossible ground burger brick into the freezer.
  2. After the “meat” has stiffened, slice it into 3 equal-size patties. They will be around a 1/3 of an inch thick. Season each side with salt, garlic powder and pepper, then return them to the refrigerator until ready to grill.
  3. Preheat the grill and prepare it for direct grilling. Place the burgers directly over the flames and grill for five minutes. Flip after five minutes and cook for an additional three minutes.
  4. Next, add the cheese and cover for two minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the grill.
  5. To serve, place the Impossible Burger on a toasted Heinen’s brioche bun. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and ketchup or mayo.
  6. Devour with a side of Heinen’s steak fries or tater tots. Enjoy!

Impossible Fast Food Burger

Graham Russell

By Graham Russell

Graham Russell is half of the outdoor cooking duo behind CookingWithCarrrl. A true pairing of Beauty (Carl) & the Beast (Graham) – CookingWithCarrrl combines humor with easy-to-follow charcoal grilled/smoked recipes that the family will be sure to devour. Cooking with charcoal can be intimidating, but we are here to show you any dog can learn a new trick. Graham currently resides in Northeast, Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and dog, Carl.

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