Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

I’ve found a new love: cauliflower meat.

It sounds funky, but it works. Cauliflower meat is basically pulsed cauliflower, mushrooms, and walnuts along with some meat-like seasonings.

You won’t believe it! Now let me tell you how to make it.

Sometimes I’m really in the mood for a burger, but the thought of eating one doesn’t appeal to me – it can be messy and hard to eat. Plus, I’m a veggie girl, so I’m usually opting for a veggie burger- and then, I just wish it came with more toppings.

Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

In fact, I’m usually more excited about the toppings than I am the patty itself. I like mine fully loaded- caramelized onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, avocado, even a fried egg.

I love the complete bite (my husband calls it the “perfect bite”) – where all the flavors come together in your mouth – the bun, the patty, the toppings, the condiments.

SO, I had this idea to just throw it all in a salad-like bowl with spiralized potatoes in place of the fries/bun.


This bowl has it all – crispy potatoes, hamburger “meat,” lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and a creamy sauce that coats every bite. This faux meat has a soft crunch thanks to the walnuts which lightly soften in the veggie mixture.

Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

I made these bowls two ways – one with cheese and one without, with the dressing. To be honest, it’s a toss up. Whatever your preference is, go with that one – or make them both!

Don’t be intimidated by the prep, this dish comes together well – and saves even better! I had leftovers for lunch the next day. Bonus points if you top this with a fried egg.

Flash Sale – Spiralized Meal Plans

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 9.48.04 AM

Today only, we’re having a 40% off sale on our Spiralized Meal Plans. Available in Gluten-Free, Vegan and Paleo, these meal plans are normally $4.99 each, but are only $3.00 today! No discount code needed, the discount is already applied. Upon purchasing, you’ll receive a link to download the PDF meal plans instantly!

>> Click here to purchase the Meal Plans <<

Now you can watch a cooking video of this recipe:


Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 10 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

With cheese:


Without cheese:WithoutCheese

Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4
Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 russet potato Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz button mushrooms sliced
  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2/3 cups chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2.5 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 3/4 cup shredded American or Cheddar cheese optional
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 4 butter pickles sliced into rounds
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt or use vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or use 1 teaspoon of pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon barbecue sauce
  • pepper to taste


  • Heat half of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the potato noodles and season with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until wilted and browned, about 10 minutes. When done, set aside on a plate and tint with foil to keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the meat mixture. First, add the mushrooms to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside in a bowl and then add in the cauliflower and pulse until ground to meat-size crumbles, do not overpulse or else it would be like couscous. Transfer to the bowl with the mushrooms and then add in the walnuts and pulse until ground, but not too much so that it’s a powder. Transfer to the bowl with the pulsed vegetables.
  • Once potatoes are done cooking, heat the remaining oil in the same skillet used to cook the potatoes back over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the garlic and onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir well to coat the mixture. Add in the pulsed vegetables (cauliflower, mushrooms) and pulsed walnuts. Season with paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Stir well and then add the barbecue sauce, liquid smoke, and soy sauce. Stir again and let cook until browned and liquid has absorbed, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dressing: add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk well to combine. Taste and adjust to your preference.
  • Prepare the bowls: divide the potato noodles and hamburger meat mixture into four bowls. Top with lettuce, shredded cheese (if desired), pickles, and tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with dressing and serve.


Vegetarian Hamburger Bowls with Spiralized Potatoes

New to spiralizing? Grab your FREE eBook with our 20 Most Popular Blog Recipes!

Have a spiralizer and not sure where to start?How about making our fool-proof, most popularly made recipes from the blog? In this printable PDF eCookbook you’ll find photos and full recipes of our readers’ favorites to get you started!

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to click the 'Choose file' button below to add your photos!

Recipe Rating

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image.


Krystyna says:
I don't see the recipe. Am I missing something?
Ali Maffucci says:
It's there!
Krystyna says:
Got it. Thanks!
Sharon Victor says:
Is there anything I can use to replace the walnuts? My daughter has a tree nut allergy but she is OK with peanuts and pine nuts. Any suggestions? The recipe looks great!
Ali Maffucci says:
I would say pecans would be OK -- or try using lentils!
Robin says:
Looks like a great idea! Do you think it would work without the mushroom? I can't stand mushrooms or olives :) Not sure why. I don't like coconut flakes either. I think it must be a texture thing. Look forward to trying this and getting the cookbook!
Stacey says:
I don't like mushrooms either! I was thinking maybe doing lentils instead or just leaving them out!
Ali Maffucci says:
I would say try using lentils instead !
M says:
It's the first time I've heard of cauliflower meat! I'll try this tomorrow..this really looks my kind of dish :)
Katie says:
This dish looks amazing!!! I can't wait to try. Are you planning on putting out more meal plans? I loved the first meal plan you did and it made my week a breeze. I've already gone through it 3 times! Would love to see some more!
Ali Maffucci says:
Yes, but not until the New Year :(
sharon says:
yes, can you tell us if we can use pecans or something other than walnuts? Thank you-
Kara says:
I think pecans would work just fine. I made this recipe with pecans vs. walnuts and it worked out just great! And would likely be just fine without mushrooms too!
Ali Maffucci says:
I would say pecans would be OK -- or try using lentils!
Carol says:
The cauliflower "meat" sounds great. I love the vegan meat mixes that use nuts, but they always seem so heavy and high in calories. The cauliflower should lighten it up a bit. I'll definitely try this. Do you think I could turn it into chili meat by substituting chili powder for the other seasonings for the "meat"? A Chili Bowl sounds yummy with everything the same except the flavoring. Thanks for this.
Ali Maffucci says:
Glad you'll try it! Yes, you can definitely add chili powder - and maybe some smoked paprika or cayenne to amp it up!
Cassie says:
Ah, this is such an amazing way to deconstruct a classic comfort food--I definitely have to try this with a vegan dressing!
Jacqueline says:
This was amazing!!!!! I didn't have mushrooms or walnuts on hand I used tempeh. Was one of the best dinners! I have enough for lunch tomorrow looking forward! Thanks for your recipes I love them, always a crowd pleaser and so quick to make!!
Kimberly says:
I made this last night and my husband asked me to put it in the "Make it again" fine. Instead of pickles, I added an avocado I needed to use. Super good.
Kimberly says:
File, not fine.
AlpaPB says:
Made this tonight. Used Dark Soy Sauce and Worsteshire Sauce for the cauliflower mixture. Pickle juice and white wine vinegar for the sauce; swapped out sunflower seeds for the nuts. Turned out pretty well. It was a very filling meal.
Becca says:
Omg, SO good! Made with beef to save a little time (don't have a food processor) but the seasoning and "special sauce" was what made it so great. I've already planned out how I'll prep next time so it can all come together quickly after baby gets here and I head back to work. Thanks Ali!

Latest on Inspiralized

Subscribe to Inspiralized

Subscribe to one or all of our newsletters for amazing
recipes, inspirational content + our free starter guide

  • Weekly Recap
  • Kidsletter
  • Products + Sales

10 random things you may not know about me, for those of you who are new 👇🏼:⁣

1) I can wiggle my actual eyeballs (it’s one of my many party tricks 👀)⁣
2) I’m pregnant with identical twins and will have 4 under 4 for about a month or so 🙈⁣
3) My guilty food pleasures include dry cereal (like, cereal without milk), Cheez-It’s and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies from @bangcookies #IYKYK 🧀🍪⁣
4) I was captain of the lacrosse team in high school 🏆⁣
5) Favorite TV show of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer ⚰️⁣
6) I’ve ran a marathon in San Francisco and two half marathons (one in Brooklyn, one in Chicago) 🏃🏻‍♀️⁣
7) I’m an extroverted introvert (I learned this during the pandemic!) 🤷🏻‍♀️⁣
8) I’m a pizza bagel: my mother is Jewish and my father is Italian Catholic. 🍕🥯 ⁣
9) I’m not outdoorsy at all and can’t handle bugs of any sort.🕷 ⁣
10) I would never dive into the ocean, and I can only last a minute or so in the water when I go to the beach. Sharks are one of my biggest fears 🦈⁣

That’s all I got. ✌🏼

quickly becoming a blog fan favorite, this Mediterranean Pearl Couscous Salad ⭐️ is the take-everywhere-and-make-anytime dish you didn’t know you needed! it takes less than 20 minutes to make and what’s great is that it’s meal prep friendly and IMHO, it tastes even better on day 2 and 3, as the veggies absorb the dressing, soften and make for maximum flavor! 👏🏼 I actually made it today, I’m bringing it to a friend’s house who’s having us over for dinner - it’s so yummy chilled, but just as great warm! grab the recipe on the blog! happy saturday ☀️ #healthyeatingideas #easyrecipes #vegetarianmeals #vegetariansalad #couscoussalad #quickmeals #quickmeal #mealprepideas ...

can I just say how grateful I was for today’s weather and sitting in my backyard for 10 minutes to recharge while I sipped an arnold palmer? it was just really nice and cathartic ☀️ happy spring! ...