Cheeseburger Bowl


Introducing the omni version of our best-selling Cheeseburger Bowl, of our Rooted meal delivery service days! Now, usually kitchens make a meat dish and then the vegan equivalent – somehow, we tend to work backwards in the Rooted kitchen. After making the lentil version, we tried this dish with beef mince and can confirm it’s delicious too!

With a rich, creamy sauce (we used cashews here, but you can opt for a nacho cheese sauce if you’re feeling lazy) atop a mustardy, tomato-saucy beef mince on a bed of fluffy white rice and sprinkled with crunchy onion for that extra bite, lettuce, pickles and sesame seeds. Tastes like McDonalds from the flavour profile, but makes you feel like a million bucks from all the great wholefood ingredients. Enjoy!

What you need



  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup 
  • 1 tbsp. American mustard 
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. liquid smoke 
  • 1 tsp. paprika 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast 
  • 1 white onion, diced 
  • ½ cup pickles, diced
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds 
  • ¼ iceberg lettuce, shredded 
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Cauliflower or white rice to serve
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 cup cashews, soaked
  • ½ potato, steamed
  • 1½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tsp. miso paste
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil


Step 1

Saute ½ white onion in vegetable oil in a pan on medium to high heat until golden brown. 

Step 2

Then add beef mince, paprika and garlic powder and fry for another 5-7 minutes or until mince is dark and caramelised.

Step 3

Add tomato sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, nutritional yeast, liquid smoke and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 4-5 minutes. 

Step 4

For cheese sauce: add all ingredients except for oil to a food processor and blend, adding a few tablespoons of water if needed to move the sauce. Drizzle in oil slowly whilst blending again, until it’s totally emulsified. 

Step 5

Put one cup of cooked rice in a bowl, top with ½ cup of mince, ½ cup of shredded lettuce, 1 Tbsp of diced onion, 1 Tbsp diced pickles, 3 Tbsp of cheese sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. This recipe should make about 4 bowls – depending how generous you’re feeling!


  • CAULIFLOWER RICE vs. REGULAR RICE: We usually prefer regular white rice over any other form of rice. And this is no exception – but the way the mince is flavoured, the meal as a whole really does taste like a cheeseburger. This recipe holds cauliflower rice really well, and it’s a great way to pack some extra fibre into your meal.
  • CHEESE SAUCE: Our Rooted cheese sauce has gone through vigorous rounds of testing in our prep kitchen! The key really is to drizzle the vegetable oil in slowly as the food processor is going to really give it a chance to emulsify and turn into a rich, creamy, mac-and-cheese consistency. You’ll be using this sauce a lot – trust us. 
  • ALTERNATIVE VEGAN OPTION: Vegan mince has come a long way in recent years. We’ve moved off the textured vegetable protein (if you know, you know!) to the pretty decent Beyond/ Impossible brands. If you’re not a fan of lentils and want to make this with your mince alternative, go for it! We’ve tried it – it’s great. 
  • FREEZING: We made this in very large batches for our meal delivery service and froze it. The only difference is that we used cabbage instead of lettuce (because lettuce doesn’t fare well reheated!). The rest freezes brilliantly and you can dip into this pre-made meal for lunch or dinner whenever the craving presents itself. 

Leave a Reply