Tofu Burger

By DK on May 02, 2011
Vegetarian (and Vegan) Burger Recipe
I have searched for umpteeth tofu burger recipes. Even tried a bunch of them to "Blech!" results! One thing that beats me is why in the name of "health" yucky recipes are created. Either you find sinfully rich recipes that you hate to indulge cos of the calories or you find "healthy" recipes that are so bland and sub standard that you don't want it. How about - something in between?! Sounds logical doesn't it? Well you would think so, wont you?. When I had all but given up my search for a good tofu burger , came this recipe from this cookbook called Vegetarian - tasty Recipes for Everyday that I happened to find in an acquaintance's  house. I made a note of it and oh boy! Am I glad that burger gods have finally blessed me with a 'never-to-part-with' recipe. We loved it immensely.
Vegetarian (and Vegan) Burger Recipe
The Changes I Made Since we all have our tastes, I made the following changes from the original recipes. It keeps in mind both our requirements and also the fact that I made use of what was available in my pantry. Instead of Swiss Brown mushrooms that the recipe called for, I used cremini mushrooms. The Basil got replaced with cilantro. The regular wholemeal breadcrumbs was replaced with wholegrain flax seeds bread crumbs that I had in hand and which I freshly ground to make the crumbs. The 1 egg used in the original recipe got replaced with 1 heaped spoon of tomato paste. Also I did not have either the sweet chilli sauce/ arugula or semi dried tomatoes. So I used chilli garlic sauce to our taste, spinach leaves and sun dried tomatoes in oil respectively. Vegetarian (and Vegan) Burger Recipe I am guessing you can use Extra firm Tofu, pressed well with paper towel to drain the water , for this recipe. But I use the one which does not come with water. This is a super firm variety and it holds up very well when it comes to grilling, frying, stir fries, burgers etc and I use it regularly. I get it from Whole Foods. Please note that I am not paid by the company to talk about them. I mention it cos I use it regularly and it works well for my needs. Vegetarian (and Vegan) Burger Recipe
References

recipe mildly adapted from vegetarian cook book

Basic Information
Prep Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 3 people
Yield: Makes 6 burgers
Ingredients
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 200 gms (6-1/2oz) cremini mushrooms,finely chopped
  • 350 gms (11oz) hard tofu (see my notes above)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp cilantro
  • 2 cups (200gms/6-1/2oz) wholegrain flaxseed bread crumbs (or use gluten free)
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chilli garlic sauce , or to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups (150gms/5oz) wholegrain flaxseed bread crumbs, extra
  • 6 wholegrain bread rolls (or gluten free rolls)
  • 1/2 cup Mayo (try Vegan Mayo to make this eggless)
  • Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil to taste
  • 60 gms (2oz) baby spinach leaves
  • hot chilli sauce to serve
Method
1
In a pan, heat about a tsp of olive oil and sauce the onions until soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3-4 minutes and cool slightly.
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2
In a food processor, blend 250 gms (8 oz) of the tofu with garlic and cilantro. Or you can use basil like in the original recipe
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3
Blend until smooth.
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4
transfer this to a bowl and stir in the onion- mushroom mixture, breadcrumbs, tomato paste, vinegar and hot sauce (or sweet chilli sauce).
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5
Grate the remaining tofu and add it to this mixture.
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6
Stir until well mixed and then refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
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7
Divide this mixture into 6 patties, pressing together well.
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8
Coat them well all around with the extra breadcrumbs
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9
In a pan ( i used the same where I sauted the onion and mushroom mixture), add some olive oil to coat the pan and shallow fry or pan fry the patties. Preferably you would want 1 cm (1/2 inch) oil in a deep frying pan.
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10
Cook them 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden. Make sure to turn them carefully to prevent them from breaking up. Drain on paper towels. (you can also season them with salt now)
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11
Now starts the assembly. I know you dont need pictures for this - but in the spirit of this website I thought I will humor myself and you :) Toast the bread. Spread some mayo on one side of each roll.
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12
Layer the semi dried tomatoes - as many as you like :)
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13
Then comes the tofu patty
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14
top it off with spinach/rocket leaves. You can drizzle some more of the chilli sauce
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15
Press it down with another roll with the spread facing below.
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The Burger all dressed up and ready for Super Bowl/Potluck/Picnic/or lazy movie day :) Dont forget a chilled beverage to go with these :) Vegetarian (and Vegan) Burger Recipe
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41 Responses to “Tofu Burger”
  1. Monica

    OMG! These are by far, the best veggie burgers I’ve had in my 23 years of eating a vegetarian diet! I added spices/herbs/spinach to the blender and used pita as the bun…thanks so much for posting this recipe :-P

  2. Theresa

    Hi they look so good never made them yet . But would like to know if I made enough of them can I freez them ?

  3. Amber

    Where do u get the bread crumbs

    I make my own with stale bread. You can use any brand as per your liking. –DK

  4. Israel

    I am about to make this recipe now..I am leaving out the mushrooms…I have tomato paste..but I see some are posting about using eggs and I don’t hve any…do u think I should get one to make sure they do not fall apart…this looks delicious and I want my kids to enjoy it! Funny I did not know they had super firm tofu I haven’t been to the health food markets in a while..kinda expensive…I am trying to see if making my own burgers will definitely save me money from buying those expensive processed ones. I hope this works out for us! Any suggestions, tips, or recipes on saving money througout the month? Thanks!

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