Impossible Meat Southwest Burger

White plate with a burger made from plant based meat.

Ooops we did it again… We can’t stay away from this impossible meat! It is the perfect meat substitute especially for burgers, so we decided to make an impossible meat southwest burger. The flavors and seasonings are combined perfectly for the BEST southwest burger we’ve ever had. If you created this burger for a carnivore friend, they wouldn’t be able to tell if it was ground beef or not. In fact, they might actually prefer this substitute because its holds the seasonings better than normal ground beef. Trust us, we’ve tried.

The draws, for us, to Impossible meat are simple and revolve around flavor. So after doing my own research into Impossible meat 2.0 I realize they’ve actually cut down the sodium amount from their previous burger. It’s now lower sodium than 80/20 beef. The real draw, that Val and I later found, was the ability for it to hold flavor. We found that when you throw spices and seasonings into the Impossible meat, it actually holds onto those flavors.

Southwest burgers with tomatoes and jalapenos

Inspiration behind these plant based burgers

Among the many jobs I had while putting myself through college, and then some, was that of bartender. I worked for many different restaurants and learned many things from each one about cooking. My favorite place I worked was a burger joint that made a southwest burger. I loved the flavors and the idea behind it, but I always wanted a bit more. Whenever I have something that’s good, I always try to make it better. Some of the time it doesn’t work and the recipe comes out worse than what I had, and then other times it succeeds. In this case with our Impossible Meat Southwest Burger , our recipe succeeded!

Burger with a southwest twist made with impossible meat

Ingredients to make this dish

Turmeric– Has a warm bitter taste, most commonly used in Indian Curry. We decided to add a bit of that warmth to our burger seasoning.

Cayenne Pepper & Paprika– Bringing the heat and a bit of sweet in our southwest seasoning.

Cumin & Coriander – Cumin and Coriander pair great together. Cumin brings the savory taste while coriander brings the refreshing tart and citrus flavors. Also, coriander is just dried cilantro ground up, so we are continuing our salsa topping theme with the cilantro.

Salt and Pepper – Duh, this is one of the base ingredients for any good dish. Also I’ve read Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat, and if you don’t know all the amazing things salt does to food, you must read!

Onion powder & Garlic powder – they just go so well together in almost any seasoning.

Chipotles in adobo – I LOVE chipotles in adobo. The flavor of the adobo sauce and the chipotles is amazing. Hell, half the time I just use the adobo sauce in general for things. I understand opening a new jar for just a couple of chipotles can get wasteful, so here are some of our other recipes that include chipotles in adobo sauce.

This is just some of the logic behind our seasoning and ingredients for the Impossible Meat Southwest Burger.

Impossible Southwest Burger with lime and jalepeno
southwest impossible meat burger

Impossible Southwest Burger

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people



  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric

Salsa Topping

  • 5 grape tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onions
  • ½ jalepeno chopped
  • ½ lime
  • 2 pinches salt
  • ¼ red pepper chopped
  • 2 tsp cilantro chopped

Chipotle Mayo

  • ½ tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce or more if wanting it spicier
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp lime juice


  • 1 Impossible Meat Package
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 burger buns
  • 2 pepper jack cheese slices



  • Combine all salsa topping ingredients into a bowl and set aside
  • Mix chipotles and adobo, mayo and lime juice into a small container and set aside


  • In a bowl, combine all seasonings and impossible meat and mix
  • Make into balls and then smash into burger sized patties
  • In a skillet over medium heat add in olive oil and burger patties
  • Let cook for 4-5 minutes per side and flip until internal temp reaches around 160°
  • Add pepper jack cheese slices and cover the skillet with a lid to melt cheese for 3 minutes or until burger internal temp reaches 165°

Build it

  • Add chipotle mayo onto burger bun
  • Add burger pattie and then top with salsa
  • Put into mouth and make the sound mmmmmmmm! 🙂

In conclusion, we truly do hope that you enjoy our recipe. As always, from our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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