To get the best results from the recipe, try to use the firmest tofu you can find. You can always replace the egg with 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds as this acts as a good binder to the mixture. These burgers can be grilled as well. The most important thing besides the taste is that they hold together well; the finer you chop up the nuts and mushrooms the better.
Tasty Tofu Burgers
450 g extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry, then sliced
2 large eggs
1 cup bread crumbs*
1/2 cup raw cashew nut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 medium onion, grated
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon shoyu or soy sauce
1/2 tsp vegetable powder or 1 vegetable jelly
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil (frying)
1/2 cup fresh Coriander leaves, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup flour (for frying)
*Instead of buying bread crumbs or ‘creating’ stale bread, take a fresh bread roll or slices, cut into manageable squares , place in the freezer overnight and when ready to use, put in a food processor straight from the freezer, pulsate until you have the consistency you want.
1. Roughly chop the mushrooms, cashew nuts and place in a bowl.
2. Take the remaining ingredients (besides the egg and coriander) and place in the food processor. Pulse the food processor, until mixture begins to bind. Stop blending and scrape down the sides of the bowl, you want to retain some texture in the mixture.
3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the mushrooms and coriander leaves.
4. At this stage you may want to test the burger for taste before adding the egg. So in a frying pan, heat some oil and place a small amount in the pan to cook. Adjust taste as you wish.
5. Stir in the egg. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place in fridge to firm up for 20 minutes.
6. When ready to fry I suggest using a metal ‘cookie cutter’ to help you keep the shape of the burger, especially if you want thicker ones.
7. Pour about 1/4 cup of oil into the frying pan, and place the metal cutter in the centre. Heat the pan under a medium fire. Turn the oven on to a warm setting.
8. Take a heap tablespoon of mixture and roll it into some flour to form a ball. Then place the patty in the centre of the cutter spreading it out to take the shape of the cutter.
9. Fry on one side for 2 -3 minutes, remove the cutter before turning the burger over to fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Transfer to the warm over to complete the cooking process.
10. Serve with your favorite burger fixings.