Herbed Tofu Burgers


Herbed Tofu Burgers

These tofu-based burgers are firm, hearty, delicious, and can be grilled. You definitely won't trick anybody into thinking that these are beef hamburgers, but they're so good nobody will care.‎
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Course Vegan
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Inactive Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 burgers


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup (270g) chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • One 14 oz (397g) block extra firm tofu, pressed for about 30 minutes
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce (gluten-free if necessary)
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ¾ cup (75g) rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • Burger fixings (all are optional): lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced avocado, sliced red onion, pickles, Pickled Red Cabbage & Onion Relish, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, Basic Cashew Cheese Sauce or other vegan cheese


  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  • Transfer to a food processor. Add the tofu, liquid aminos, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, cumin, thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, and ¼ cup of the oats. Process until smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the remaining oats, the bread crumbs, and sesame seeds. Mix until combined. Add salt and pepper.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Divide the mixture into six equal parts. Using your hands or a greased biscuit cutter(sized to fit the buns), form the mixture into patties and place on the baking sheet.
  • Heat a large grill pan or frying pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Generously spray the pan with olive oil. Place 2 or 3 patties in the pan(however many will fit without being crowded) and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, a few minutes longer if your patties are more than ¾ inch(2cm) thick, until firm, crisp, and browned on the outside. Place the burgers on buns. Repeat with the remaining patties, re-spraying the pan between batches.
  • Let everyone assemble their burger with their choice of fixings. Leftover burgers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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