Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homemade Tofu Burger

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I made a tofu burger for lunch yesterday ... a REAL tofu burger, one that was made from scratch and using the freshest ingredients. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to try and I am kicking myself for it because it's so, so delicious!

Many years ago, out of curiosity, I tried Burger King's much-advertised tofu burger, and after that unfortunate episode, concluded that all tofu burgers must taste like that - leathery and laden with artificial flavouring.

I wasn't completely wrong, you know. For as long as you use frozen and heavily processed store-bought soy patties, you will end up with exactly that.

However, if you invest some time - and I am talking just 30mins - you can enjoy a really tasty tofu burger ... possibly the best you'd have ever eaten in your life. ;) I gave my burger a slight Asian twist by using coriander and kaffir lime leaves. But you can flavour your tofu patties with any herbs you like - basil, parsley, oregano ... anything at all. Go on, try making them and you will be surprised at how versatile, easy and flavourful they are.

(roughly adapted from Cold Storage's Savour The Good Life magazine)
Serves 4

- 1 piece firm tofu (taukwa), approximately 350g
- 1 small red onion, sliced finely
- 1 sprig coriander (leaves only), sliced finely
- 2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced very, very finely
- 1 red chilli (deseeded), sliced very finely
- 1/3 cup sharp cheddar or parmesan, grated
- Pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of salt (taste test as you go because sharp cheeses can be very salty)
- Breadcrumbs (I toasted 4 slices of bread and blitzed them in a food processor)
- Vegetable oil
- 4 burger buns
- Butterhead lettuce or baby romaine leaves
- Tomato slices
- Condiments of your choice - mustard, relish, or like my daughter - good ol' ketchup!

I saw a packet of breadcrumbs selling for $4.50 and I balked. Do you know how many loaves of bread I can buy with $4.50? All you need are 4 slices of bread to make enough breadcrumbs for this recipe.

1. Mash tofu till crumbly. Add copped onions, coriander, kaffir lime leaves, chilli, cheese, breadcrumbs and paprika. Mix well and taste test.

2. Season with salt and pepper accordingly (at this point, I added more parmesan! Yum!).
Idea: How about drizzling a little sesame oil, shallot oil or even chilli oil to give it some kick?

3. Shape mixture into 4 patties, and flatten them gently using your palms.

Remember to flatten the patties! In this photo, I haven't yet flattened them yet.

4. In a frying pan, under a small-medium flame, heat the vegetable oil. The oil/pan must not be too hot because the bread crumbs in the patty will burn.

5. Panfry the patties till crisp and golden brown on both sides.

6. Slice your burger buns horizontally and lightly butter both halves. You can also use other spreads like mayonnaise or dijon mustard. For me, I mixed a dash of wasabi with Japanese mayo, and used that in lieu of butter.

7. Now it's time to assemble your burger! Place some lettuce leaves on top of the bun, followed by the tofu patty, and then with tomato slices. Then cover it with the top half of the bun, and you are ready to dig in!

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On a completely random note: IT'S SEPTEMBER ALREADY?!


  1. Oh yes, freshly made tofu burgers are fantastic. Yours look seriously good, and such zingy flavours - love it.

  2. ooh this looks really really healthy!

  3. There was one time I ordered a tofu burger at a cafe and know what, it's a big piece of tofu (Like your original piece intact) between two burger buns! From then on, I'm always skeptical wheneve I see tofu burger on the menu.. Haha. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. wow this looks super good - i haven't tried a tofu burger before but i'm convinced!

  5. I've never tried tofu burger as it didn't look appealing at all however yours looks totally delish and I'll definitely have to give it a go soon!

  6. Mmm that looks really great -- much better than the frozen ones. I should try this!

  7. Great looking burger! really healthy too.

  8. I really love the idea of this tofu burger!

  9. Tested and it taste great. I served it with grilled portobello mushroom.

  10. wow! looks great. any way not to cook it other than pan frying to make it even more healthy?

  11. Hi, I stopped by to see your interesting FOOD~

    I'm not a tofu person, but somehow, this looks tempting~! Should try this.

  12. Awesome recipe! I have been meaning to make one myself too. Mine would be with coriander, celery and garlic :)

  13. Ju these look just wonderful!I would love one right now!

  14. Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. Totally love tofu. I had some silken tofu in the fridge that's expiring in a few days time and decided to try this. Didn't hv all the ingredients u used so I improvised using onion n garlic herbs, a dash of sesame oil, fresh minced garlic, shredded cheese n bread crumbs. The tofu is much softer but the end result was v tasty. Served it as tofu patties with meat patties , together with linguine pasta. Hubby n boys loved it! Michelle

  15. Thank you for your wonderful healthy tofu burger!
    I added water chestnut to give a little crunch n sweetness!
    My wife loves it!!!

  16. hi Ju,

    I went online in search of a tofu burger recipe cos I was missing the taste of the first tofu burger I had in Singapore & wanted so much to recreate here in UAE... n again.. its e Little Teochew to the rescue!! :) Gonna try this recipe once I get my hand on e tofu..
    P/s: my first (5 - 6 yrs ago) tofu burger was @ Hilton Hotel.. it was fab... I was hooked to it after that.. n have it for lunch often.. @ hilton they pair it with home baked sweet potato chips.. very very nice.. :)
    Thank u for sharing all ur wonderful recipes! :)


    1. Hi Lu, I was JUST looking at this tofu burger recipe last night. :) Wow, I must find out if Hilton still serves it ... sounds awesome. Happy cooking!

  17. I tried your recipe and my family loved it. It is definitely a keeper for me. Thanks for sharing.