Meatless Monday: Tantalizing Tofu Burgers

July 2, 2012

Burgers are a popular 4th of July dish.  These tofu burgers will please vegetarians and meat eaters alike.  Tofu is mixed with miso and sauteed vegetables and then formed into patties.  These burgers are broiled in the oven instead of being cooked on the grill.  You can top your burgers with the traditional condiments or go the Asian route and pair your tofu burgers with hoisin sauce. 

Tofu Burgers

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon kudzu powder or cornstarch
1 tablespoon Cold vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 small Red onion finely chopped
2 larges Garlic cloves pressed or minced
1 small Bell pepper finely chopped
1 small Carrot grated
Black pepper, freshly ground several grindings
2 teaspoons Minced fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons Finely chopped fresh parsley
1 pound Tofu, pressed well
1 tablespoon Mellow barley or mellow rice

1/2 cup Lightly toasted, finely chopped walnuts
Sea salt to taste
4 wholes -grain buns
 
Directions:
 
Combine the kudzu powder and cold liquid; set aside until the kudzu powder is thoroughly dissolved.
 
Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet over moderate heat. Briefly saute the onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, black pepper, and herbs - until the vegetables are just tender; remove from heat.
 
In a medium-sized bowl, mash together the tofu and miso until they are thoroughly mashed and mixed. Add the saute, crumbs, walnuts, and dissolved kudzu powder and mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste.
 
Shape the mixture into 6 patties. Arrange them on an oiled baking sheet. Brush lightly with oil and broil until tops are well browned - about 10 minutes. Carefully turn the patties over. Broil until they are firm and browned - about 10 minutes longer.
 
Serve immediately in the buns.

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