Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tasty Tuesday - Vegan TVP Veggie Burger

It's been a while since I've shared any new recipes here. Actually, it's been a while since I've made anything new. Sometimes it's just easier to stick with the tried and true.

But, I finally ordered in some TVP (texturized vegetable protein) and was wanting to try to use it in a new way. I used to make TVP burgers ages ago binding them with egg. But they always seemed to crumble apart. I believe it was Kristina at Spabettie who did this - blended the TVP.

Of course, when I saw the mention of blending the TVP it was one of those knocks own forehead with palm moments. And of course that makes much more sense. How did I never think of that one?

Vegan TVP Veggie Burgers
Ingredients:
2 cups TVP
2 cups water
1-2 carrots, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 tbsp minced garlic
To taste: salt, black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, liquid smoke
3 oz tomato paste
2/3 cup rolled oats, ground into oat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats, whole
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
5 tbsp warm water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Bring water to boil and stir in TVP, garlic, and spices. Cook on low until water is completely absorbed and TVP is soft.

Combine the flax with warm water and allow to sit so that it thickens.

In a food processor, pulse the TVP and veggies to your desired consistency. I didn't take mine to complete paste as I wanted some texture.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add in the oat flour, oats, additional seasonings, tomato paste and flax "egg."

Combine thoroughly, then form into patties and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake approximately 20 minutes then flip. Bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until firm.


These definitely held up much better than my old TVP Burger recipe. This recipe made 8 or 9 patties, and they freeze well so that's an added bonus. Just pull them out and reheat in the microwave for about a minute.

I served mine with Daiya, roasted red bell peppers, and banana pepper rings for a little bit of a kick. I also slather the bread with either a grain or spicy mustard mixed with a sugar-free strawberry jam. Sounds odd, but it's a great flavor combo. And of course the burgers were accompanied by baked sweet potato fries.

Do you cook with TVP? What are your favorite burger toppings?