The Sexy Vegan Cookbook Giveaway!

and Brian’s recipe for Beany Tahini Burgers with Dreamy Tahini Dressing.


In The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude  (New World Library, March 15, 2012), “regular dude” and YouTube cooking sensation Brian Patton shares 100 vegan recipes that are failure-proof, fun, and flavor-filled.

The Sexy Vegan Cookbook covers the basics of cooking, from slicing vegetables to finding the right type of tofu to recreating favorites without meat or dairy. With more than 100 recipes, Brian covers everything from cocktails (according to the Sexy Vegan, the most important meal of the day) to amazing breakfast sandwiches to desserts such as Sailor Peanut Rum Ice Cream. There are appetizers and nachos, pizza and tuna-like sandwiches as well as plenty of salads, pasta, and main dish choices.



Watch the trailer, it gave me quite a laugh. I’m definitely loving Brian’s attitude and sense of humor…something we all need a little more of. =)

You can visit Brian online and watch his fun cooking videos  here:

Since it’s Memorial Day Weekend and we all know that includes burgers, burgers and more burgers. What better way to celebrate the holiday and Brian’s awesome cookbook than by making one of his fabulous burger recipes.

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Beany Tahini Burger and Dreamy Tahini Dressing
  • Makes 4 burgers
  • Ingredients:
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup cooked couscous
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped kalamata olives
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ roasted red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 buns of your choosing, halved
  • 2 tablespoons Dreamy Tahini Dressing
  • ½ medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • For Dreamy Tahini Dressing:
  • Makes 1½ cups
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh italian parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  1. For the burgers:
  2. To make burger patty, in a large bowl, combine chickpeas, couscous, tahini, garlic, orgeano, olives, salt, and pepper. With a fork, potato masher, or your very clean hands, mash all of it together until 90 percent of the chickpeas are mashed. Now that you have this mass, gently fold in the roasted pepper as it would have been destroyed during the initial mixing). Divide the chickpea mixture into four portions and form into ¼-inch-thick patties.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add your burger patties to the pan, and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Slather each bun half with dreamy tahini dressing, and assemble the burgers from the bottom up in the following order: 1 bun half, cucumber, chickpea patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, and the other bun half.
  4. For the Dreamy Tahini Dressing:
  5. In a food processor or blender, combine the tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic, parsley, mint, oil, and paprika, and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I made these into 8 sliders instead of 4 burgers. Alternately, you can bake these at 400 degrees F for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. I omitted the oil in the Dreamy Tahini Dressing and did not add any salt to either recipe. I also ate mine without the bun and a big green salad. This recipe is fantastic and foolproof. It’s easy, delicious and nutrient-rich. Please go check out Brian’s website He definitely has a lot to offer the plant-based world with his creativity and humor, thanks Brian for sharing your cookbook with me. =)


This giveaway is now closed =)

And now for the giveaway!

To enter the contest, leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite burger recipe. Don’t forget to leave your contact information so I can let you know if you win. =)


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All entries must be completed no later than Monday, June 4th 2012,  at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 5th 2012, on my blog, and the winner will also be notified via the email address they provided in the comments section.

Good Luck and I know you will enjoy this recipe and Brian’s cookbook!!!

Happy Memorial Day!




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  1. ella says

    I actually don’t have any burger recipes. I am a vegetarian college student who has no cookbooks and pretty much no income, so I mostly just make smoothies and veggie paninis when I can. I definitely need some vegan cookbooks!

  2. Lisa says

    Love your website! I was searching for vegan broccoli salad and now I’m all excited about these yummy sounding burgers! :)

    My favor burgers are Zucchini Falafel Patties

    1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 cup bread crumbs (I like panko flakes)
    1 zucchini, grated
    1 tsp coarse salt
    1-2 cloves of garlic
    canola oil

    (serve with pita, lettuce, and vegan tziki sauce)

    mash chickpeas in a big bowl until smooth
    smooth in bread crumbs, zuc, salt, and garlic
    form patties and fry in canola oil until crisp

    I admit I haven’t found a vegan tziki sauce just yet, but I’m still learning.

  3. Nicole Belgarde says

    Most of the veggie or bean burgers that I’ve tried seem to fall apart. I’ve tried A LOT and the best one for holding together is Jeff Novicks burger. It tastes pretty good too. Thanks!

  4. jennP says

    I am still waiting to find the perfect veggie burger recipe! i am a fairly new vegetarian so this book would definitely help with the recipes!!

  5. says

    My favorite burger recipe:

    Vegan Black Bean Burgers
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1/4 cup finely chopped onions
    1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
    1/4 cup finely chopped peppers (any color)
    1/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    2 teaspoons dijon mustard
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    2 teaspoons ground chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup black beans
    1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

    I also added some potatoes and textured soy to it too!

    1. Pre-heat oven to 450 F, and heat large skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. Add oil, onion, carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms to skillet and saute for 4-5 mins.
    3. Add garlic, and saute for another minute. Add ketchup, chili pepper, salt to skillet (as well as dijuon mustard and cumin if desired)
    4. Remove pan from heat. In a separate bowl, combine beans, bread crumbs, and sauteed vegetables. Foil line a baking sheet.
    5. Once cool enough to handle, form into four equal patties, place onto foil lined sheet, and bake for 15 mins.

    Then I dressed it with homemade avocado hummus and a bit of veganaise, tomatoes, lettuce on a whole wheat vegan bun :) I also tried it in a wrap by making elongated slices and it worked great!

  6. Ashley says

    I don’t have a favorite veggie burger because I am too obsessed with trying a new recipe every time! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Katie says

    I really like blackbean burgers with salsa and guac. They really hit the spot. I’m excited to try another bean burger!

  8. says

    Hmm I don’t have a recipe exactly, but I usually mash together some black beans, cooked sweet potato, bread crumbs and some spices for my burgers. Then I freeze ’em, then bake them so they retain their shape a little better. Delicious!

  9. Rebecca says

    Black bean burgers- black beans mashed, potatoes, nooch, rice, vinegar, mustard, bbq sauce, cashews, avocado

  10. Missy says

    I absolutley love grilled portabella mushroom burgers!! I make my own little marinade, which is different every time. I start with some olive oil, tamari, garlic salt and pepper, pineapple/orange/mango/peach juice depending on which fruit I am putting on my burger, and whatever herbs and spices I think will fit best with the fruit!

  11. Yvonne says

    I love the Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes from Vegan Brunch. But I find burger recipes extremely frightning: the burgers I make always fall apart!

  12. Rose says

    Tofu burger, tofu that has been battered and sauted, with lots of veggies and sauce to top it with a whole grain rolllllll.

  13. Ashlie says

    I like mashing together black beans and sweet potatoes with chipotle – pan fried and topped with guac, yummo!

  14. Dawn says

    My favorite veggie burger recipe so far is the black bean burgers from Veganomicon. Most other recipes I’ve tried tend to fall apart. I could use some new good recipes!

  15. Dawn says

    I also “liked” you on Facebook. I just found your blog and I’m excited to try the cashew cream stuffed strawberries – I think my toddler will love them.

  16. Kristen W says

    My favorite veggi burger made thus far (and we make them often!!) was a spicy red bean burger. I don’t even remember where I got the recipe from at this point but it is still the best made yet!

    Can’t wait to give yours a try! Your pictures are gorgeous

  17. says

    I’ve recently cut way back on meat and am on the hunt for a great veggie burger recipe – looks like I’ve found one here! Can’t wait to give these a try…

  18. liz (lemon tree) says

    My favorite burger has got to be falafel even though it is not that original. I love it with the white creamy sauce blended with cucumbers. The sauce would be made with vegan sour cream or a brazil nut cream. Then a big slice or two of heirloom tomato and possibly just have it on a thick slice of iceburg instead of a bun. I’d throw some currants in there for fun and also have it with a slice of red pepper or red pepper in the sauce. =D

  19. Aimee Douglass says

    I love a nice portabello burger on the grill, as well as the black bean burgers from The Happy Herbivore.

  20. katherine d says

    lentil and brown rice burgers with nutritional yeast and whatever veggies strike my fancy

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. Debbie says

    So far I love the sweet potato and black bean burger. the spices make it taste like a chili burger. Yum!

  22. Adrie says

    My favorite all time veggie burger is portabella mushrooms grilled with salt and pepper and then brushed with garlic butter. And if i feel super indulgent i top it with feta

  23. Karen says

    Right now I eat Quorn patties (vegetarian chicken made from mushrooms) so I’m excited to try this recipe!

  24. says

    These burgers look really good! I’ve never thought of using tahini or couscous in a burger, but I bet the tahini with chickpeas is a great flavour combo. I can’t wait to try it out, thanks for the recipe!

  25. says

    Hm… I’d have to say that my favourite burgers are anything fit for a slyder bun! Beans, tofu, setian, you name it, I’ll eat it!

  26. Greta says

    Nothing beats a simple black bean burger on the grill. Basmati, garlic, some cumin and a pinch of mustard seed… All topped off with stoneground mustard and a rye bun!

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