If you’re looking for a slightly different, but absolutely delectable meat-free burger, you must try this Vegan Tofu Burger!
This Vegan Tofu Burger was inspired by Japanese burgers. Hamburgers are popular in Japan, but aren’t usually served like they are in the West. They usually come with a sauce, which tastes like a combination of soy sauce, ketchup, brown sauce and sugar, and eaten with rice.
And this particular burger was inspired by Mos Burger, a popular fast-food chain in Japan.
I used to really love their signature burger, mostly because of the amazingly flavourful ragu-like meat sauce coating the patty. I really wanted to recreate a healthier, meat-free version at home, so I got to work.
I really wasn’t keen on using beans for the burger patty itself as I’ve seen so many recipes for bean burgers out there. My next thought was tofu, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to successfully make a tofu burger without eggs.
Luckily, however, I discovered that with the help of a food processor or blender, tofu transforms into a sticky paste and therefore becomes really easy to form into little patties! It’s necessary to use a hard, firm tofu for this.
Another realisation was that the secret to super soft tofu burgers is breadcrumbs! I found better results having broken up pieces of bread into little breadcrumbs rather than use shop-bought breadcrumbs. This method is also much cheaper, and a great way to get rid of stale bread too.
I’m so pleased with how the texture of these tofu burgers turned out – they’re not dry or crumbly like a lot of meat-free burgers seem to be, but super soft and beautifully moist on the inside and really crispy on the outside!
But the real star of these tofu burgers is the sauce!
It’s packed full of delicious ingredients such as caramelised onions, red wine, tomatoes, soy sauce (or tamari), apple cider vinegar and date syrup (because its gloriously dark, rich and sticky, and almost treacle-like, but you can use any other sweetener), and plenty of black pepper.
Then just add some salad to complete this Vegan Tofu Burger! I’d also recommend adding a little spicy miso mayo if you happen to have any on hand.
It would also be delicious served with:
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If you're looking for a slightly different, but absolutely delectable meat-free burger, you must try this Vegan Tofu Burger!
- 400 g (14oz) firm tofu
- 100 g (3.5oz) bread (gluten-free if necessary)
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons oil (vegetable, rapeseed or olive)
- 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable, rapeseed or olive)
- 1 onion, diced
- Splash of red wine (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
- 230 ml (1 cup) tinned tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons date syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- Salad lettuce, tomato etc
- Burger buns (gluten-free if necessary)
Place bread in food processor and whizz until it forms coarse breadcrumbs
Empty the bread into a large mixing bowl
Place tofu in same food processor and whizz until smooth
Add tofu to the same bowl as the breadcrumbs, along with a good pinch of salt and pepper, and mix well
Use your hands to form the mixture into small, flat patties, which you can lay out on a plate
Meanwhile, heat up a generous glug of oil in a frying pan and once hot, place the tofu patties in the pan
Cook for around 10-15 minutes, flipping over halfway through, until golden brown and crispy on both sides
It's easiest to make this sauce while you're also cooking the burgers
Heat up oil in a saucepan
Add diced onion and cook for around 5 minutes, until softened
Add red wine and cook for a couple of minutes until all wine has evaporated
Add tined tomatoes, date syrup, tamari, vinegar and salt + pepper
Bring to the boil and simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes
Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary (more date syrup for sweetness, more vinegar for sourness, more salt + pepper etc)
Sandwich tofu burgers between burger buns. Add salad and plenty of the sauce
*It's also delicious with some spicy miso mayonnaise
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