David’s Vegan Bourekas Recipe

David's Vegan Boureka's

This Community Recipe is David’s Vegan Bourekas. These delicious puff pastry parcels are filled with a mix of vegan cheese, meatless ground beef, onion and potato. 

Community Recipes is a recurring feature where we share your vegan recipes on the Jewish Food Hero blog. If you want to share a recipe in this series, pitch us your idea here. This series is all about sharing healthy plant-based and vegan recipes. We are creating a positive community around food and sharing.

David's Vegan Boureka's

All about David Mishael

David was born and raised in NYC on the Lower East Side, where he currently lives today. He began to help his mother cook dinner for their family at a young age, and was soon prepping and cooking dinner for his family on his own. Cooking makes David feel passionate and creative. He is also an avid runner, running 25-30 miles per week. He was supposed to run the 2020 NYC Marathon, but will run in 2021 because of the Covid-19 race cancellation.

Going vegan for energy

After graduating from Boston University, David got his first corporate job. A few months in, he was looking to boost his health and energy to help him stay well in a fast-paced lifestyle. He tried a few different changes to diet and exercise, but nothing made much difference. That was until he decided to go vegetarian, which very soon turned into vegan. David felt such improvements in his general health, as well as his energy levels, that he decided to follow a vegan way of eating for the long term. 

David's Vegan Boureka's

Turning a passion into a business

Four years later, David had been cooking vegan pizzas. His girlfriend Zoe Arbel entered David’s creations into a Pizza Making Contest. Finally, David’s pizza won! As a result, he was inspired to continue his culinary journey. With the help of Zoe, @PlatesbyPlantDaddy was born, and Plant Daddy Plates Inc. was formed. 

At the moment, David and Zoe are whipping up vegan prepared meals, based on non-vegan dishes David grew up eating. Right now, they are mostly cooking meals for friends and family while working on expanding. They plan to spread the love of vegan food to more people in the near future.

For cooking inspiration, David turns to:

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

101 Things I Learned® in Culinary School

How was David’s Vegan Bourekas Recipe created?

David grew up eating bourekas. His paternal grandparents arrived in the US from Israel in the 1960’s. It was a dish his grandmother was reluctant to teach her American daughter-in-law to make. But, she eventually did. David was always excited when his mother cooked bourekas, and helped out whenever she’d let him. 

When David stopped eating meat, he really missed eating his mother’s bourekas! So, he decided to create a vegan version. David’s Vegan Bourekas recipe has been a hit at multiple Shabbat dinners. Except for one time… when it caught fire in the oven and set off the building alarm because he didn’t realize it was on broil the whole time… 

Key ingredients 

Cheese Sauce 

David’s Vegan Boureka’s recipe calls for Daiya Cheese Sauce, a rich, creamy, liquid vegan cheese sauce. If you prefer to make your own, it is simple! Try this recipe which uses nutritional yeast flakes and dijon mustard to get a deep, tangy cheese flavor.  

Beefless Ground Beef

This mock ground beef product is vegan and made from soy protein with various flavorings. If you prefer, you can make a plant-based or homemade alternative. Try using green or brown lentils and/or finely diced mushrooms and flavored with vegan bouillon granules and concentrated tomato paste. 

Vegan Philo Dough

David recommends two vegan philo doughs for this Vegan Bourekas Recipe.

The Fillo Factory Filo Dough

Athens Fillo Dough 

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David's Vegan Boureka's

David’s Vegan Bourekas

  • Author: David Mishael
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


Peanut/Sunflower oil 

6 oz Beefless ground beef 

3 oz Onion – minced 

4 oz Daiya Cheese Sauce 

1/2 Baked potato – minced 

2 tsp of paprika 

1 Sheet Puff Pastry Dough (or 3 sheets filo dough)


  1. Heat a little peanut or sunflower oil in a medium sized soup pot or skillet. 

  2. Add the minced onion, beefless ground beef and cheese sauce. Leave to simmer on a low to medium heat. 

  3. In another pan, heat a little peanut/sunflower oil. 

  4. Add the minced baked potato and paprika and saute until golden brown. 

  5. When the potatoes are ready, add them to the first pan with the onion, “beef” and cheese sauce. Stir to combine evenly. 

  6. Place a sheet of pastry on a baking sheet. Pour the filling mix onto one half of the pastry sheet, and fold the other side over to cover. 

  7. Pinch along the sides to seal the pastry. Make three slits on the top layer to allow steam to escape. 

  8. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. 

  9. Bake at 200 C for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Keywords: vegan, meatless, pastry, filled pastry

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