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Tofu Burger Recipe

(recipe, Truman Phelps)


Be sure to seek out the firmest tofu made from organic soybeans you can find. Also, I suspect you could grill these, they seem like they'd hold together. The next time around I'm going to try it. If anyone else gives that a go before I do, let me know, and I'll update the recipe.


  1. 1 lb. / 16 oz / 450 g extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry, then sliced
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. ½ cup / 2 oz / 55 g fine dried bread crumbs
  4. ½ cup / 2 oz / 55 g cashew nuts
  5. ½ cup / 2 oz /55g sunflower seeds
  6. ½ cup / 2 oz / 55g sliced mushrooms
  7. 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  8. 1 Tbsp. shoyu or soy sauce
  9. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  10. ½ tsp. ground cayenne
  11. ¼ tsp. fine grain sea salt
  12. 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  13. extras: whatever buns & condiments you like. I did a combination of goat cheese and homemade pickles. You could also do a lettuce wrap in place of buns. And I couldn't resist the mini brioche buns from La Boulange.


  1. Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and is free of most chunks, stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor once or twice if needed. If it seems a bit thin to you, add more bread crumbs a small handful at a time until everything comes together.
  2. Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and use your hands to (really) press and form into round but flat-ish patties.
  3. Pour the olive oil into your largest skillet over medium-high heat, and arrange as many patties as you can without crowding. Cover, and cook turning once, until deeply browned on both sides. Roughly ten minutes. You want to make sure the middle of the patties cook through. If the pan is too hot you'll burn the outsides before the middle cooks up, so be mindful of that.
  4. Serve with your favorite burger fixings. I mention a few ideas up above in the ingredient list.
  5. Makes eight tofu burgers.
  6. Adapted them from a reader contributed recipe that ran in the October 2004 issue of Sunset Magazine.