Vegetarian Tempeh Burgers

Hi friends!

I’ve been craving burgers lately but didn’t feel like having greasy beef burgers this week.  I like those better in the summer months when we fire up our BBQ and they get a nice char on the outside! I wanted to create a vegetarian burger that had more protein and TEXTURE than the tradition vegetarian burgers & then I remembered my new love….Tempeh (pronounced temp-ay)!

Tempeh is fermented whole soybeans usually combined with grains into a mold.  It’s chewy in texture, a bit bitter and nutty and has more protein than tofu!  I first discovered tempeh during my Bali trip in August 2016.  Bali is very vegan/vegetarian friendly and they had this mysterious “tempeh” on their menus everywhere so I decided to give it a whirl! I LOVED it! I love how it has texture in comparison to tofu and is the perfect food to munch on.  Later in that trip, we did a cooking class where the teacher fried the tempeh and then put it in a sweet/soy based sauce – amazing!!

This recipe combines tempeh along with more traditional ingredients such as beans and oats to absorb moisture to create a perfect mixture of texture and taste.  The best part is the nutritional information and I don’t feel guilty eating more than 1! Please note that these burgers are more fragile than regular beef burgers so please be gentle!  A little trick I use is to refrigerate the mixture the night before.  By then, the oats have absorbed some moisture by morning, making it easier to make into patties and pan fry.

Below are a few photos to guide you through the steps.  If you decide to give these a whirl, please share a picture of your creation using my recipe on Instagram by tagging @balancingandie so I can see them :).




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Tempeh and mushroom, you can use any variety
Use the food processor in batches to breakdown ingredients to coarse pieces like this.
Add all ingredients to bowl minus egg and cilantro. Mix and taste at this time.
Add egg, cilantro and flour and mix again.
Pan fry in a little oil.

Nutrition Disclaimer

This information is provided as an estimate only. The below information may change with any substitution you make or variances in brands used.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 patty
Servings Per Container 14 patties

Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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One Reply to “Vegetarian Tempeh Burgers”

  1. very nice food. thank you for the recipe

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