I always love to find and make vegetarian substitutes for predominantly meat based meals and when I tried this recipe for tofu burgers I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted, considering tofu is usually considered bland and not that tasty. To be fair it’s probably the other ingredients around the tofu that make it taste good, but it’s still a good way to get the benefits of tofu, such as a high level of protein, without the “bad” taste. This recipe is very quick & easy to make and is perfect to store in the fridge for eating at upcoming lunches or dinners.
Ingredients: (makes 12, depending on the size of the patties)
- olive oil, for frying
- 1 onion
- 200g mushrooms
- 350g tofu
- 2 cloves garlic
- 200g breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
- 150g breadcrumbs (extra for coating before cooking)
1. Cut up the onion, mushrooms and garlic into small pieces. Cook the onion in a frying pan over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until soft then add in the mushrooms and garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
2. Cut the tofu into small pieces. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the onion/mushroom/garlic mixture, breadcrumbs, egg, balsamic vinegar and sweet sauce. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes.
3. Once out of the fridge, create patties from the mixture in whatever size you want them to be and coat them in the extra breadcrumbs. Pour a layer of oil about 1cm deep into a frying pan on a medium heat and cook the patties for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Make sure to turn them over carefully and not too many times as they have a tendency to fall apart.
4. Once cooked, transfer them to a plate to cool. Try to get as much excess oil off of them as possible and you can even rest them on paper towel if you want to. Then you can eat them in a bread bun or by themselves with or without a sauce, or however you like! 🙂