Homemade Tofu Burgers

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 22, 2012
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Made these as a contribution to a pot-luck dinner and they were much appreciated. This recipe makes 8 generous size tofu patties. For the pot-luck I made the patties much smaller.

Tofu comes in several forms from a soft, satiny texture to a solid extra-firm. This recipe doesn’t specify which to use. I used a firm tofu and found it worked well. However, a reference to keeping the “batter” in the fridge suggests a softer tofu may be intended—one that could be cooked up like pancakes.

Homemade Tofu Burgers

Homemade Tofu Burgers
30 oz. tofu

1/3 cup carrots, grated
¼ cup leeks, onions or scallions, minced
2 Tbsp. roasted sesame or sunflower seeds, peanuts or nuts, ground
Oil for frying

Thoroughly drain the tofu. Cut into slices and squeeze dry by placing in a clean dish-towel and twisting until the last drop of moisture is wrung out.
Roast the seeds or nuts and grind them.

Combine the tofu with carrrots, leeks and ground seeds or nuts.
Knead as if kneading bread for about 3 minutes.
When dough holds together well, oil palms and shape into patties.

Heat oil in a wok or skillet to 375oF or until a small ball of dough cooks golden brown in about a minute.
Fry burgers until crisp and nicely brown, 3-4 minutes per side.
Serve hot on a bun with usual burger accompaniments.

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