The Best Veggie Burger Ever

The Best Veggie Burger Ever, Vegan, Vkrees Photography, Vanessa Rees, Food Stylist, Food Photography, NYC

That’s right, the best veggie burger ever. Well, the best I’ve ever made at home, anyway. The burger is the main event here but it doesn’t hurt that I’ve paired it with avocado, grilled pineapple, sauteed onions, red peppers, and ranch-like dressing. This is the ultimate vegan Hawaiian burger.

Burger Ingredients

Burger Directions

  1. Combine the Gimmie Lean, rice, onion, and beet pulp in a large bowl and stir until it is all very well incorporated.
  2. Form into 5-6 patties.
  3. Coat the patties with a thin layer of the Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Add the oil to a pan and heat it up on the stove. Fry the patties on both sides. Add more oil if needed.
  5. Serve on a toasted bun with grilled pineapple, ripe avocado, red pepper, lettuce, sauteed onion, and vegan ranch. …Or whatever you like on your burger. =)

Sorry everyone, no photo of Marshall for this post! He was being shy.

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Kristine - I have made this over 10 times now. This is probably the heartiest veggie burger I’ve ever made. I love it!

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Dawn - would any ground beef substitute work? I’m pretty sure we don’t have Gimme Lean here. Also what size of package?

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Kiran @ - I just ate lunch and now I want this delicious burger. Beets in veg burgers sounds heavenly :)

gregg - do you know where to get beet pulp for those of us who do not own a juicer?

rachel - Where’s Marshall???

shalan @ the long road - Good lawd! Now THAT is a veggie burger. Lovely colors captured as well.

erin jane - just found your blog through Pinterest. LOVE IT! I will definitely be coming back.

lynn @ the actor's diet - all the best veggie burgers have beets in them, i’ve found! yum!

Yelena - You start making color photos-) I like your new style.

Kulsum@journeykitchen - I always have difficult doing a busy scene well. You absolutely nail it!! Lovely.

Kristen - Marshall was probably upset you didn’t save a burger for him, especially if they look THAT good!

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Nikki - This looks amazing and I’ve yet to come across the Gimme Lean products – cannot wait to try!!

Shakira - This looks absolutely delicious. Could this be placed in the freezer? And if so do you recommend freezing it before or after it is cooked?

Cheri @ The Watering Mouth - Talk about Food Porn! Oh my god!!!! YUM.

Kristina - looks amazing! and I so love your photography, just found you via decor8. glad I did! greetings from melbourne!

Gargi Chugh - Looks awesome…. will try it very very soon……

Jes - Love the vegan Hawaiian burger! Definitely mouthwatering! (I think I’d throw in some minced mushrooms too, though)

Shri - That is one awesome burger!! Some exceptional pictures

Kelley - This picture is absolutely mouthwatering & tempting me to go out and buy some Gimme Lean products… which I have never tried. You recommend them?

shelley - does anyone know of any GF veg sausage meat to use here? this looks awesome!! - I get so excited when I see that you posted! :) Love the drips on the burger!

Kankana - i love your creativity in every photo and how you have that awsm eye for detail :) And, I wanna eat that burger!

Ray - OMG. Honestly, this was the greatest veggie burger I have ever had in my life & I’ve had a lot of burgers.


Denise - V, love that you make vegan life so simple and delicious! Love the colors, it’s a rainbow in a bun (:

vkrees - Cat, you could try shredding the beet! You’d probably only need to use half of it though. =)

Cat ~ The Verdant Life - That is certainly the most gorgeous veggie burger I’ve ever seen! Any idea on what to substitute for beet pulp for those of us without heavy duty juicers?

Candied Strawberries

Candied Strawberries, Food Photography, Strawberries, NYC, Vkrees Photography, Vanessa Rees

I know, I know; this is an unusual time of year to be talking about strawberries. But something about these candied strawberries reminded me of Valentine’s day, so that’s my excuse.  I’m looking forward to making them in the summer when strawberries are at their prime.

Candied Strawberries, Food Photography, Strawberries, NYC, Vkrees Photography, Vanessa Rees

As I have mentioned previously, I try to challenge myself to do something new in each post. This time I wanted to try using only artificial light and dabble in some high speed photography. This was the result. I love playing around with new lighting setups. =)

The recipe for candied strawberries can be found on The Secret Life of a Chef’s Wife. These are gorgeous, tasty, and surprisingly simple to make.

Oh, and here is a picture of Marshall trying his best to hunt pigeons from the windowsill.

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shipra - utterly and completely captivated by your photography. You make me want to cook which is an absolute miracle. Thank you!

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tammy - Love the photos! Especially the strawberry splash. Thanks for the link!

Kiran @ - Simply gorgeous shots!! Amazing :)

The Prudent Homemaker - It’s strawberry season in Florida, and it’s almost strawberry season in California!

I love the splash photo!

Emily Segal - It IS strawberry season here in Israel! Great photos as always.

Lisa [With Style and Grace] - your photos are STUNNING, my goodness!

Sarah from 20something cupcakes - I had a thought for champagne cupcakes the other day, and these would be a perfect topping. Thank you for the inspiration and gorgeous photos!

Jes - Love the high speed strawberry splash! Plus I have some solar raised fresh strawberries to play with this week–candied strawberries sound perfect!

Kristina - I look forward to summer berries…

as always, these photos are stunning – love the water plunge.

Amy (Minimally Invasive) - Stunning images. I love the tones and light in all, but especially the action shots. I plan to take the plunge into artificial light soon, and can only hope to produce such lovely work when I do.

kat - such beautiful photography! i am in awww! :)

LIBIA PULIDO - and recipe???? lovely

Alex - Beautiful shots, as always! Makes me want to go play with my camera splashing water!

Cookie and Kate - Your work is absolutely stunning, Vanessa! I am truly in awe. You make these technically difficult photos look effortless… like magic. Love the glossy strawberry in the first photo and the splashes of water in the next.

cindy - these are just so dang gorgeous, I don’t even know what to say. I love this set of photos and the candied strawberry idea, lovely!

Jade Sheldon - Oh my, they look absolutely AMAZING! I was just putting together my sweetheart’s Valentine’s Day gift and I might just have to make these the day of to go right along with it.

Ruby - Candy and strawberries and two of my favorite words to hear. Yum. Also, I literally gasped when I saw these photos, I think they’re some of my favorites of yours so far!

Y - Gorgeous!

dana @ my little celebration - gorgeous, stunning photos Vanessa. Bravo!

elodie - your photographs are really amazing!
I didn’t get a chance to thank you for the useful tips on photography you gave us a few weeks ago.

One question: do you do any post production work to get that quality of light on your pictures? Beautiful!


Roy - That photo of Marshall is so beautiful! Really captures him well!

Sanda - Love the result.

Lemon Glazed Yuca Fries with Agave Nectar

Lemon Glazed Yuca Fries with Agave Nectar

First of all, a very happy birthday to my friend Lauren! Lauren makes stunning jewelry. You should go check it out. =)

I go through pretty intense food-phases, where all  I want to eat is one kind of vegetable. One month of nothing but kabocha squash; one month of nothing but red cabbage; one month of  broccoli. This time out it is all about yucca. Delicious, lemon-glazed, agave dipped yuca fries.


  • 2 Yucas
  • 2 Tbs Agave Nectar
  • Salt
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Using a peeler, peel off the thick, wood-like skin.
  3. Slice the yuca. Try to keep the slices consistently thick so they cook evenly.
  4. Toss the yuca with olive oil.
  5. Lay the yuca out on baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle with salt.
  7. Bake the yuca for 10 minutes and flip them over.
  8. Cook for another 10 minutes or until the yuca fries are golden brown.
  9. Lightly brush the fries with lemon juice.
  10. Dip the fries into agave nectar.

I love my fat orange kitty.


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Kiran @ - So glad to have stumbled upon your gorgeous blog, from Kelly’s Inspired Edible’s :)

My Inner Chick - —Coming to you via Kelly, Inspired Edibles.

Sooo Glad I did.

Gorgeous presentation. And I love your big fat orange Kitty :)))

Jes - I love yucca but I’ve never thought of adding some sweetness to it–the agave sounds perfect! Absolutely stunning photos as usual :)

Joseph Rees - GOOD GOD DAMN!!!!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen - I have never used agave nectar but a huge fan of yucas so this certainly makes me happy. Looks great

Pati Clark - These look so yummy definitely gonna try and make these Thanks for sharing I love following your blog your recipes and photos are awesome such great art ….

Susanne - I love Yuca! So delicious. The husband of my sister-in-law is equadorian an does them alot. Yumyumyuca! Cheers Susanne