Watermelon Cheeseburgers

dessert - dinner - recipe - sandwich - vegetarian

Yes, you read that title right.

Ever since we read the Bittman article about vegetarian BBQ options, Abe and I have been intrigued by this idea.

Sounds bonkers, but think about it – watermelon IS delicious grilled – straight up, or with honey and ice cream for dessert. It tastes great with feta. And what ISN’T delicious with bread?!?

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We cut the recipe in half to serve two; I acted as sous chef and helped myself to a few pieces while chopping:

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No onion in the house, so we used this instead. Brush on some olive oil, and the powder will stick right to the fruity flesh.

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Grill 5 minutes on each side

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Melted Jarlsberg Lite on top

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Of course, we needed a little nest for our “burgers” – luckily, I just received an outrageously generous delivery, courtesy of Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery:

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This Canadian product is now available in the States! In Los Angeles, you can find them at Whole Foods.

I chose two slices of The Big 16

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Abe had his on a Mack’s Flax Bagel

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The watermelon verdict?

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Definitely different.  But we both definitely liked it! The fruit loses its juiciness, mellows out in sweetness, and takes on a new texture – almost like a roasted bell pepper…

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…or a portobello mushroom?!? (The weirdest part about all of this was it actually SMELLED like portobello mushrooms!)

For dessert I dug into another recent sample – vegan chocolate chip cookies from reader, fellow actress, and now professional baker, Emily. Her online Etsy store will ship anywhere in the U.S., but if you live in Los Angeles you can pick your order up or have it delivered!

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I gave half the bag to Jasmin and Mariann yesterday, but saved a few for our own hen house:

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With frozen fruit and my daily cocoa:

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They’re very reminiscent of Soft Batch or Entenmann’s cookies, except 100% cruelty free! Plus 10% of all sales goes to Invisible Children.

Right before bed I noshed on an apple, but I was too lazy to snap a photo. Blame it on the watermelon’s psychedelic shroom powers.

  • http://msblackboard.wordpress.com M’s blackboard

    thinking of the taste, Salt and Sugar mixed together … Naaah can’t imagine myself eating this burger!

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    HHMMM grilled watermelon. Interesting. I’ve never done that. I’m into smoking vegetables lately. I want to smoke some peaches. I bet that would be so good.

  • http://gravatar.com/twobooswhoeat twobooswhoeat

    I love watermelon in salads with feta so I can totally see trying this out. YUM!

  • Christina A.

    The grilled watermelon….strange! I might have to try that one day just to say I did! ;)

  • http://saltwatercoffee.wordpress.com Sara K

    Wow I’ve never had grilled watermelon- i can’t imagine it’s post-grilling texture since it is mostly water…interesting

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    SUCH an intriguing way to eat watermelon!

  • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

    Oh what a fun idea – and wow, what a delivery!

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    This is such a fun idea! I’ve had a watermelon and feta salad and must agree that cheese and watermelon go strangely well together! I totally want to try this.

  • http://www.lovefoodeat.com chinmayie @ love food eat

    That sounds truly amazing!! Never thought of grilling my watermelon!

  • http://www.masterofherromaine.blogspot.com Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    ever since you posted the link to this recipe on FB I’ve been waiting to see it here! It looks amazing- and I love Jarlsberg…mmm!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    I’ve had grilled watermelon and love it, but this is taking it to a whole other level. Crrraazzzzyy! Like stoner cooks a meal. Yummy! :)

  • http://www.WhyJustEat.BlogSpot.com Lindsey @ Why Just Eat

    That has got to be one of the strangest recipes I’ve ever seen. I’m tempted to try it. I just might do it. My husband will think I have completely lost my mind, though.

  • http://www.hungryhungryhippie.com elise

    i couldnt find that bread ANYWHERE! i was looking for that brand specifically because i had it at kyles parents (basically vancouver) so i figured it was a lost cause and a canada only product. hmmm…

  • http://livinglearningeating.wordpress.com livinglearningeating

    wow, that ACTUALLY looks delicious. I’ve never tried watermelon grilled or with cheese or on bread…and when I got the email notifying me of this post, I have to admit ‘ew’ was my first thought. But now I have to run out to Hannaford’s for cheese and watermelon STAT. :)

    Also, that bread? Hmmm. It doesn’t look QUITE as amazing as German bread (I’m already SO excited – less than four weeks to yummy!) but it looks pretty darn good for this side of the atlantic :)

  • http://livinglearningeating.wordpress.com livinglearningeating

    Question: Your food pics always look AMAZING. Do you use a special camera, or is it just your standard $100 point-and-shoot + a heck of a lot of practice?

    I want mine to look like yours!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      why, thank you! check my FAQ’s for camera info.

  • http://www.atinyrocket.blogspot.com Erika Lee Sears

    Looks perfectly delicious! I also do grilled pineapple- so delicious.

  • http://vanillasugarblog.com vanillasugarblog

    i do love that you explore new flavors in food. good for you.

  • Dione

    What did you think of the Silver Hills bread? I live in Edmonton, Alberta, and Squirrley bread has been my bread of choice for years. I buy it at Costco, where you get two loaves for the price of one anywhere else.

  • http://www.thenervouscook.com Meister @ The Nervous Cook

    Now I really regret forgetting the cheese on my watermelon burgers! Sigh…

  • http://multiculturalmelbourne.blogspot.com/ jess☆ @ Multicultural Melbourne

    Oh. My. God. You genius. I looooooove watermelon, but have NEVER thought of trying it like this! Can’t wait to get the BBQ going now!!!

  • the home tome

    I have now had watermelon with feta and also with red onions, but I just can’t imagine it with melted jarlsberg…will I try it? yes.

    Cheers from New York!

  • http://fancythatfancythis.wordpress.com Ameena

    Softbatch cookies! I used to eat straight through that little red package of cookies…so delicious. Remember Magic Middles?? Even better.