Like so many dishes at Superiority Burger, these BBQ baked beans just happen to be vegan—and crazy good. If you haven’t been, Superiority Burger is Brooks Headley’s all-vegetarian burger joint in Manhattan’s East Village. It’s as much known for its tofu-fried tofu sandwiches as it is for its flavor-of-the-day gelatos. In this recipe, Headley super-sizes baked beans, turning to one of our favorites: gigantes, which are, well, meaty. They bathe in all the good things, like tomatoes and brown sugar and espresso. Then, they’re piled atop crisped polenta planks and a chickpea mayo–dressed coleslaw. Follow the whole thing to script—or go rogue and streamline the toppings (say, toast some cornbread and just buy the mayo).
Recipe from Superiority Burger Cookbook by Brooks Headley. Copyright © 2018 by Brooks Headley. Reprinted with permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. —Food52