The Season of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! We hope you had a wonderful October, but now that it’s November, we wanted to share how grateful and thankful we are for each and everyone of you. This has been a difficult year for all of us, and shedding light on what has made our lives so wonderful is important to bring attention to this holiday season.



For many of us, Thanksgiving is a holiday where our families can get together and celebrate with each other. Some years are more difficult than most, and this year the pandemic has shifted and altered the way we approach gathering for the holidays. This year has been difficult for us at NoBull, as most of you know we lost our beloved son, brother, and friend, Luke Joseph Raymond on July 1st. In just his brief 30 years, Luke impacted the lives of so many around him, encouraging loved ones to know and love like Christ, working at animal shelters, volunteering at food banks, lifeguarding and teaching Sunday school. Luke was a force of his own, wildly smart and exceedingly giving. He cared more about others than he did himself and undoubtedly has left a lasting impact on those who loved him. This holiday season will not be the same without Luke, yet we know he will always be with us. So this holiday, reach out to all family members and friends, and be sure to let them know how grateful you are for each and every one of them.



We would also like to shed light on this wonderful holiday by bringing attention to the value of family and food.  Fortunately for some of us, we’re still able to celebrate together- although this time it may be virtually. Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, and may be surrounded by Zoom calls rather than in-person, but being grateful for health and love is a beautiful thing in its own. 

Here at NoBull Burger, family, health and wellness stand at the core of our business. We are committed to honoring our dearly missed brother, son and community member, Luke Raymond, and his courageous fight and the millions of others that have been affected.  To learn more and help #stopthestigma, click the link here



What’s another thing that makes Thanksgiving so special? The food, of course! We want to share delicious recipes with you that the whole family will love! Friendly reminder that if you make this recipe, or any other fall NoBull recipe, tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #NoBullNovember!



NoBull Burger Hand Pies


Pie Dough

16 oz AP flour preferably chilled (4 cups)

1 tsp salt 1 heaped teaspoon

6 oz unsalted butter chilled and cubed (1 ½ sticks)

½ cup chilled water plus 2 – 3 tbsp more, if needed

1 egg

1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice


2 NoBull Burgers

1 tsp paprika

½ onion finely chopped

2 – 3 garlic cloves finely chopped

½ tsp cayenne pepper optional

Salt to taste


Pie Dough (Empanada Dough)

  1. Place the flour and salt together in a bowl. Whisk to combine well.
  2. Add the butter, and rub it into the flour using your fingers (or in a food processor), until the flour-butter mix resembles coarse crumbs (or wet coarse sand), with some pea-sized butter chunks still left in the flour mix.
  3. If you used a food processor to mix the butter and flour, transfer the flour-butter mix back into a large bowl.
  4. Mix ¼ cup of the ice water with the vinegar and egg. Whisk to combine.
  5. Make a well in the middle of the flour mix. Add the water-yolk mix and use a fork or your fingers to distribute the liquid through the flour. Add another ¼ cup of water (in increments), until all the liquid is fully incorporated in the flour.
  6. Next, use your hands to knead the dough to form a dough ball.
  7. If the dough is too dry, add ice water, 1 tbsp (or less) at a time, up to 3 tbsp. The dough should come together to make a pliable dough that’s not too sticky, but still soft. If it still seems too dry, dip just your fingers in ice water and without shaking off any excess water, knead the dough with wet fingers. If the dough is too sticky, then sprinkle a little flour and gently mix it in.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and flatten it into a rectangle shape. Fold the dough into thirds, to form 3 layers. Gently press the dough into another rectangle shape and repeat the folding one more time.
  9. Next, form a disc with the pastry dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. If you make the dough the day before and the dough is chilled, let the dough soften slightly at room temperature.

NoBull Burger Filling

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the onions (with no oil), and let them soften slightly.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and NoBull Burgers into pieces while cooking. Add a generous pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
  4. Cook the NoBull Burgers for about 15 – 20 minutes until it is cooked through. Taste and add more salt if needed. Keep the pan at an angle to drain the excess oil (this is optional, but recommended). Place the rest of the filling in a bowl and refrigerate to cool down the filling.


1. When you’re ready to make the pies, preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking tray or half sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside until needed.

2. Roll out the chilled pie dough on a lightly floured smooth surface, until the dough is about 3 mm thick. To ensure the dough doesn’t stick to the surface, lightly dust the surface with flour, and flip the dough over half way through rolling (this will help prevent shrinking of the dough and it will roll out better too). Again make sure the rolled out dough isn’t sticking to the surface before you cut the leaf shapes.

3. Cut as many leaf shaped pieces (with a 4-inch leaf cookie cutter) from the rolled out pie dough. Re-roll the scraps and cut more leaf shapes. You should get approximately 30 leaf shapes.

4. On an uncut piece of leaf shaped pie dough, place a few pieces of shredded cheese. Then place a generous amount of the chilled NoBull Burger filling over the cheese. Moisten the edges of the pie dough, and then cover this pie dough with a face shaped pie dough piece. Press down the edges to seal. The face shaped pie dough should easily stretch over the filling. Use a fork to crimp the edges.

5. Place the hand pie on the parchment paper lined baking tray, and repeat with all the pies.

6. When all the pies have been prepared, brush the top of the pies with egg wash (the leaves).

7. Transfer the hand pies to the oven, and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until the pies are a golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly. Serve warm.


When you make these tasty recipes, be sure to snap a pic, share on social media, and tag us @nobullburger. We can’t wait to see your plant-based creations!

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