Vegan Flying Dutchman Burger Recipe Using Cabbage Steaks

Flying dutchman burger

You may have seen the flying dutchman burger recipes going viral on TikTok recently, and I have made my own versions of these a few times with various ingredients.

Now I’m not really one for a burger. It’s the last thing I would order off a menu (and simultaneously the first thing I think of when I’m hungover) but let’s move on..

What is the Flying Dutchman Burger?

In-N-Out Burger in the USA went viral for their viral Onion-Wrapped Burger; the flying dutchman burger. Essentially, they substituted the burger buns with grilled onions, creating a carb free meal. That to me screams slimming world friendly!

The onions are grilled and caramelised to perfection; adding an umami flavour that is way better than lettuce or tomato-wrapped burgers! I have tried this with onions, mushrooms, red peppers and more recently – cabbage steaks. This is my favourite one so far – and trust me on this, you won’t be missing the traditional bread bun.. at all.

Of course these viral burgers are not vegan, I’m not sure they even make a vegan version. However, thanks to the Tesco Plant Chef meat-free burgers which are delicious at only 1 syn each, I had to make these myself.

Flying dutchman burger. Such a weird name, right? I have no idea what the meaning is behind this, but what I do know is that my version tastes incredible.

Keep reading to find out how to recreate my experiment (and also to see how it almost went wrong).

Cabbage Steak Recipe

I started off by experimenting with cabbage steaks. Around 1cm thick slices of white cabbage, in a frying pan with a splash of oil and a generous sprinkle of onion salt on both sides. This helped draw out some of the moisture during the grilling process, while adding a ton of flavour. If you haven’t tried onion salt, you must. It really elevates any vegetable!

Cabbage steak

As you can see, one fell apart as I went to flip it! Still tasted great though..

For ease, I used the cabbage steaks as an ‘open burger’ – just easier to eat in my opinion. Mine was the messy one as naturally, I gave the ‘good bits’ to my husband. Anyone else do that?

Now I could have made the cabbage steaks in the air fryer, and I’m not sure why I didn’t to be honest! Like I said, I was being experimental while trying to use up the remaining bits in the fridge before my next food shop.

Vegan Flying Dutchman Burger Recipe

Flying dutchman burger



  1. Salt the cabbage steaks on both sides with onion salt. Regular will do, if that’s all you have.
  2. Place into a hot pan with a drizzle of oil. You can bake or air fry these too, I pan fried them for some reason. You want the cabbage to caramelise and burn slightly on the edges before you flip them.
  3. Flip the ‘steaks’ carefully.. see below as to how mine fell apart.
  4. Meanwhile, chop up your carrots into the shape of fries and parboil in salted water. You could use potato, but I decided to go with a carb free meal tonight.
  5. Drain carrots, spray with oil and air fry until they resemble orange fries.
  6. Air fry your burgers according to packet instructions (approximately 12 minutes).
  7. Assemble. I kept it simple with just mustard and gherkins tonight, but you could go crazy with lettuce, onion, tomato or cheese. The options are endless.
  8. Attempt to eat the flying dutchman burger in a dignified way. Please report back.

In N Out Secret Sauce

The original Flying Dutchman burger sauce contains the following ingredients:

  • caramelised onions
  • mayo
  • relish
  • sriracha
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • soy sauce

As you can see, I just went for mustard and then added a gherkin on top. It was a quick SP dinner and delicious enough for me!

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