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CAN DO Woman Recipe — Vegan, Gluten Free BBQ Patty

Why am I sharing this CAN DO Woman Recipe for a vegan, gluten-free BBQ patty?

I know that we are in the early days of our CAN DO WOMAN Program to help you become the woman you want to be. So why post a recipe (the first of many)? Creativity is one element in our lives that helps us flourish. You don’t need to be a poet, novelist, painter, or musician to satisfy the need to feel creative. Cooking often provides both sustenance and creativity — a dynamic duo.

So we invite you to both our CAN DO WOMAN Program and our CAN DO WOMAN Recipes. We intend to have one blog for the program as well as the recipes each week. We hope you’ll join us often.

Vegan gluten free patties is an unlikely dish to be enjoyed given my childhood. When I was young, my mother often made beef patties. The Great Depression always echoed in her head, saying “Save, save, save.” So she went for the least expensive cuts of meat. And she was a locovore long before it became popular, purchasing only local, in-season fruits and vegetables. (Note: These were always the least expensive produce such as corn on the cob when she could buy them at 10 ears for $1.00.)

A Meat Filled Childhood

In my childhood in Oklahoma, we featured meat. Lots of meat. I loved rare steaks on those special occasions when we ate in restaurants. Generically, I remember that we just called the restaurants “steak houses.” Pork chops were a favorite at home, pan fried in a well worn cast iron skillet. My mother often served beef tongue, a much-loved dish from her childhood that continued to be cheap to buy and easy to prepare in the kitchen.

Mother frequently purchased inexpensive chuck roasts and ground that tough beef in her hand-cranked meat grinder with a wood handle. Each time she wanted to use the grinder, she attached it to her under-counter, pull-out cutting board. She often let me stand on a low stool to watch her turn the crank. When I was older, I got to grind the meat. It’s been years since I’ve seen either a grinder like that or a pull out cutting board.

Years Pass…and Then a Vegan and Gluten Free

And with such a meat-oriented childhood, it might be hard to imagine that along the way I became a vegan and eventually a gluten free vegan. Many treasured recipe cards given me by my mother resided, unused, in a small tin card box. Eventually, I became more creative in my cooking and found interesting ways to convert some of her dishes to ones I could enjoy and share with friends. Many of these recipes have now been requested by both family and friends.

So What About (UN) Meat Patties for a CAN DO Woman?

Mother’s ground beef was never turned into hamburger patties, at least not that I can remember. Instead, she patted the meat into super thick patties — always elongated rather than round. Then she’d take out the cast iron skillet, put it over high heat, and add lots of table salt. And when I say lots, I really mean LOTS — two or three tablespoons. Once the skillet and salt were hot, she put the meat patties in. I can still hear them sizzling in the pan. I no longer recall how long she cooked them, but I know they were always rare back in those days — so probably about 5 minutes per side.

Fully a Gluten Free Vegan

Over the years, I’ve made lots of recipes for bean patties. Most of them have their charms. None taste like beef (thank goodness). I like the distinctive flavors, knowing I’m getting plenty of protein from these patties.

And today’s recipe? I love the mix of flavors and textures. And, of course, the BBQ will always remind me of my childhood.

Be a CAN DO Woman and Give the Recipe a Try

Each week, we blog about becoming the CAN DO Woman you want to be. We have much to do in order to achieve our goals. And along the way, it is important to nourish our bodies as well as our minds and souls.

And as we learned through our pandemic months (and months), pantry food gets its own gold stars. Nothing special is required. I always have cans of garbanzo beans and packages of rice crumbs (discovered at Trader Joe’s) in the pantry plus onions, carrots, and celery in the refrigerator.

CAN DO Cooking with Rosie the Riveter

CAN DO Woman Vegan Gluten Free BBQ Patties

CAN DO Woman Cooking

Kendra and I put together a cookbook with recipes popular during WW2. We’ve worked with so many women over the years, and decided to reach out to discover stories and recipes from their families. Many of the recipes reflect the food rationing and restrictions that women managed during those years.

If You Try…

… this BBQ vegan gluten free patties, be sure to leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.


CAN DO Woman Vegan Gluten Free BBQ Patties
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BBQ (UN) Meat Patties - Vegan Gluten Free

Every CAN DO Woman wants delicious and easy recipes. If you are vegan and gluten free, or if you want an easy recipe for your Meatless Mondays, this is a simple, flavorful BBQ patty that belongs in your collection. It reminds me of my mother's meat patties from my childhood when I didn't even know what a vegan was.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Matilda Butler


  • cup onion
  • cup carrots, grated
  • cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • cup rice crumbs
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed, ground
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • cup catsup
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 tbsp green Tabasco

BBQ Topping

  • cup catsup
  • cup BBQ sauce, bottled
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • Saute onions, carrots, celery for 5 minutes
  • Drain garbanzo beans, add to shallow bowl, mash.
  • Add vegetables and all other ingredients to mashed garbanzos
  • Make 8-10 patties, oval shape


  • Heat oven to 375°
  • Cook patties for 30 minutes
  • Remove pan from oven, add BBQ Topping to each patty, return pan to oven for an additional 15 minutes.

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  • Gina - July 17, 2021 reply

    5 stars
    Looks good. I’ll give it a try. What do you serve with the patties?

  • Nancy - July 17, 2021 reply

    5 stars
    Sounds yummy. Should be great and I always have garbanzo beans in my cabinet. I just need to get some celery at the grocery store.

  • Holly H - July 20, 2021 reply

    5 stars
    This was so interesting, I decided to share it with my best friend. Although we went through the exercise each focusing on ourself, we did the work together and then shared our results/feelings. Thank you for this. I think it’s made a strong friendship even more secure. And I look forward to trying your recipe.Holly

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