When I did a Google search for tofu burgers I found two recipes that looked promising, one on 101 Cookbooks and a veganized version of that same recipe on Carrie OnVegan. It only needed a little more tweaking to make it more like the burger we had on vacation. It is indeed delish!
I used this tofu that I get at Whole Foods market. I also like the tofu from Trader Joe’s.
With some recipes using tofu you need to press out the extra water in the tofu before cooking with it. You can do this by placing the tofu on a plate lined with paper towels, placing more paper towels on top of the tofu and then placing something heavy on top of the tofu like a large pot or a cast iron frying pan. Then you need to change out the paper towels and replace them with dry ones. This method works really well but it does use up a lot of paper towels. After going through the hassle of that a few times I purchased a Tofu Xpress from Amazon.
The TofuXpress is super easy to use and with its spring loaded press it does a great job of pressing out the extra liquid. I love it! If you are going to use tofu on a regular basis it’s worth the money to get the press and make this step hassle free.
This is how I served the tofu burgers. I cut the patties in half so they would fit in half a whole wheat pita pocket spread with a little mustard, some fresh spinach and onions and mushrooms that I sauteed in a little bit of water. Scrumptious!
- 1 pound extra firm tofu, pressed and crumbled
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tablespoons water let sit for 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Divide mixture evenly into 8 patties. Heat up a non stick skillet and spray it with some oil, cook the tofu burgers 5-6 minutes, turn over and cook another 5-6 minutes.
Yield: 8 burgers
Serving Size: 1 burger
Per Serving; 172.5 Calories, 8.3 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 111.5 mg Sodium, 92.6 mg Potassium, 9.9 g Carbs, 2.5 g Fiber, 9.9 g Protein, WWPP 4