Smoked Tofu Oat Burgers

The burgers were good, but the freshly baked bread was even better!

Smoked Tofu Oat Burgers (makes 7 patties)

95 g (1/2 cup) whole oat berries (groats work too)
1 cup water
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
100 g (3.5 oz) smoked tofu, cubed
2 tablespoons water
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
45 g (3/4 cup) panko bread crumbs

Combine oats and water in a small saucepan and cook until the water is absorbed and the oats are soft, about 30 minutes. If you can’t find oat berries or groats, use wheat berries (they have to cook longer though) or regular oats. Yield: 1 1/4 cups cooked grains.

Put onion, carrot, and garlic in a food processor and pulse, until finely minced. Add tofu, water, salt to taste, pepper, and thyme. Process until everything turns into a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl and combine with bread crumbs. Mix until well combined. Form into 7 equally sized patties and set aside. To fry them with the least amount of oil, brush or spray a non-stick skillet with oil. Over medium heat, fry the patties for 1 minute, then reduce the heat to low. Fry slowly for 5-7 minutes on every side.

33 thoughts on “Smoked Tofu Oat Burgers

  1. What a lovely bunch of food! The smoked tofu and tofu burger look awesome, and your homemade rolls are incredible! The pinto bean rolls are very intriguing.

  2. OH MY GOSH! First that burger had me drooling, looks like real beef! Then I was in love with the tofu feta, amazing! But I think the love of my life must be that smoked tofu, it looks heavenly. FANTASTIC stuff here!

  3. Aww, I hope your nasty cold is all gone now. That’s no fun! How lucky that P. picked up such awesome goodies for you!

    YAY for Indian food! Those potatoes look amazing – go P!

    Thanks for the recipe! :)

  4. The tofu from the farmers market look delicious – what a great find! The bread rolls look fabulous too, and thanks for the burger recipe – sounds like a good one!

  5. I’ve been diggin on the smoked Tofu lately. I totally love the idea of turning it into a burger. Will definitely try this! Hope you’re feeling OK. Being sick is bleh.

  6. I hope you’re now officially free from the cold!

    Dude, how can you find pinto beans? I brought some back with me last time I was in the U.S. but they are gone, and now I am so sad.

    You’re rolls all look so beautiful – you’re the master baker!

    1. Dry pinto beans are sold in some grocery stores. (For that recipe above I cheated and used kidney instead.) Dude, I need to send you another parcel!

  7. The tofu burgers you whipped up look delish! And I’m glad you’re getting over the cold. As for a tofu booth–I sure wish I had one in my neighborhood. Even if the salt was a little lacking on the feta, it looks divine!

  8. The tofu-oats burger sounds delicious :) There was a time, at the beginning of my veganan journey, when I making burgers from almost anything: seitan, beans, lentils, rice… I also went through a stew “season” and a green smoothie one. Nevertheless, now I feel like cooking some kind of vegan burger again :)

    PS: I suppose that we (almost) always want what we don’t have. But I agree with you: Barcelona is a beautiful city :)

  9. I can’t see anything moody about your cooking mojo! ;) Hope you’re feeling better now; being sick when everything outside is waking up and starting to bloom sucks big time!

  10. i am no fun and quite the crabby patty when i’m sick – so i can totally sympathize, Mihl. i’m sorry you had one nasty cold, and i hope you’re feeling 100% now.

    that’s too funny that the tumeric colored the purple potatoes – it’s such powerful stuff. it’s too sweet of P. to make you one rock’n curry; it looks wooooonderful!

    hooray for a slew of delicious tester recipes! i’m always up for a tasty lentil soup, Joni & Celine’s goodies look perfect, and i cannot WAIT to make your smoked burgers. i think they sell some smoked tofu at one of our local markets – and i’ve got some oat groats here that are always waiting to be used up. thanks so much for the wonderful recipe, Mihl – i can’t wait to give your burgers a whirl!

  11. Well, let me first say, I am not one to jump on the tofu (in any shape or form)–but your post here is really convincing my inner skeptic! Great bread as always and, sorry you are under the weather. It clearly has not affected your cooking! Get well soon!

  12. I am catching up on my blog reading. That smoked tofu looks fantastic, I love smoked tofu!

    I hope you are feeling better now, being ill is the suck. :(

  13. i think everyone within a 30 mile radius of me (including me) have been sick. sorry – i feel for you. the bummer is that i can’t even taste good food, so i’ve been eating boring stuff.

    oooo… a TOFU burger? i seriously don’t think i’ve ever had one. but i have some smoked tofu in the freezer i don’t know what to do with… perhaps it just found itself a recipe!

  14. How those pictures (and your others) make me miss bread. The burgers look awesome; any ideas what I could use instead of the oats in the recipes? xx

  15. So sorry you were sniffly, but the sympathy tofu and curry you received look delicious. I used to love kaiser rolls, but haven’t had a “real” one since I left the East Coast. Yours look great with a nice hard crust. I should get back to testing! (Hope you’re feeling better.)

  16. I have totally been craving a good home-made veggie burger lately after having a dried up cardboard wannabe at a restaurant recently. I’m sooo going to try this recipe!!

  17. All the tofu dishes look great! That burger looks like–a burger! And your tofu-oat burger looks delicious, too. You are an amazing bread baker, Mihl, cold or no cold! Hope you’re feeling better. :)

  18. Mmm, everything here looks delicious! I’m planning on making Melisser’s soup some time soon, too. The recipes have been great so far! Unfortunately, I’m also out with a cold, so my dinner tonight is ramen :( I hope you feel better soon!

  19. I have been completely jonesing for a burger lately, this recipe looks great. And those kaiser rolls are too cute. I have such a weakness for anything with coconut!

  20. Hope you´re feeling a 100% better soon! The burgers look delish!! So cool, I have everything on hand to try out your recipe- thanks! And your rolls are beautiful as usual ;) P.S.: Ah, I never knew there is a tofu booth stationed in Alaun Park- I think the only vegan snack I bought in Dresden was the vegan hotdog @ BRN :)

    1. That booth seems to be new. I first heard about them when I ordered a vegan hotdog from the booth which also feeds us vegans during the BRN.

  21. The burgers look fabulous- I cannot wait to try and de-glutenize your recipe- seems like it would work beautifully. Thank you for sharing!!

  22. Everything looks amazingly delicious (especially the bread–mmmm)! The burgers sound delicious, but I’ve never seen smoked tofu in grocery stores, farmers’ markets, or otherwise…I’ll have to track some down so I can try your recipe. :)

  23. I hope you are feeling better now, it’s horrible being sick and losing your cooking mojo!

    The lentil soup looks so good, perfect for dinner on a cold night and I would really love a pinto roll and one of your smoked burger patties!

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