I've been missing burgers! I can't tolerate all the fat in living/raw burgers (flax and seeds) even though they are delicious! So, since gluten has not been my friend, I've learned (with the the help of a few inspirational sites) to make my own gluten-free, vegan burger. It's flavorful, meaty-textured, quick and easy!
Most importantly I don't have to guess what's in it!
1 carton of extra-firm tofu (not silken), mashed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup oats (ground in a coffee grinder)
1-2 Tbsp garbanzo bean flour (optional: gives great flavor!)
1 Tbsp Worcester sauce
1 Tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 Tbsp oil (olive or peanut)
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add the mashed tofu and liquid ingredients. It is better to mash the tofu with your hands until the mixture is well combined. Shape into 6 medium sized patties (not to thick or thin). Set patties aside on wax or parchment paper.
Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat and fry patties until golden brown on each side (approx 3-5 minutes of each side).
Serve on desired bread with the works! I chose sliced tomato, sliced fennel, lettuce, and mustard (out of ketchp), salt and pepper.
*Be very gentle with these burgers; they tend to be fragile, but will hold together if not made to large.
**For those who are new to vegan cooking tofu/soy doesn't have much flavor, and tastes like whatever you mix with it. If you can determine the right about of ingredients, your tofu/soy dish will create a satisfying familiar taste that is healthier than it's replacement and just as gratifying.
***Feel free to tweak the recipe to fit your personal taste and let me know how it comes out!