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.