Hearty mushrooms and tofu in a vegan patty and baked to perfection. These protein-packed vegan mushroom burgers with tofu are the PERFECT dinner option. Smother in a delicious “secret sauce” for an epic plant-based burger!
This post was originally published in June 2018. New photos and video has been added.
For those vegans and vegetarians, I think we all have had a love-hate relationship with veggie burgers. Some restaurants throw them on the menu as a “token vegetarian” dish, but more of the time they are pre-made frozen crap – giving veggie burgers a bad rep!
This burger is to die for on a toasted bun, piled with fresh veggies, and smothered in a “secret sauce”. Really the sauce is just Red’s Hot Sauce mixed with vegan mayonnaise.
But hey, “secret sauce” sounds more life-changing, right?
Ingredients for vegan mushroom burgers
- Olive oil
- Vegan Worcestershire sauce (most brands use anchovies so make sure to read the labels!)
- Whole wheat breadcrumbs
- Nutritional yeast
- Ground flaxseed (also known as flax meal)
What is nutritional yeast?
How to make mushroom tofu burgers
Start out by adding garlic, onion, shallot, and baby bella mushrooms to a food processor. If you do not own a food processor, you can dice everything very finely.
Sautee mushroom mixture in a cast iron or non-stick skillet with a small amount of olive oil. Cook until most of the liquid from the mushrooms is absorbed.
Note: It’s important there’s not a lot of liquid content as this will result in a flimsy, mushy burger patty!
Transfer mushroom mixture to a mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients – Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, flaxseed, salt, pepper, and pressed extra-firm tofu. Let cool slightly before crumbling the block of tofu with hands. Mix well.
The mixture should be like mushy yet pliable.
Place them on a baking sheet and bake! You can also cook them in a pan with a little bit of oil over medium heat.
How to make a veggie burger stick together
As I mentioned before getting the liquid out of the mushroom mixture is key to making these patties stick. Here are a few more tips:
- Add more breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, or flax seeds aka dry ingredients if your burger mixture is too mushy
- For my vegetarian friends, eggs and cheese can help bind veggie burgers
- PRESS the tofu! Get as much liquid out of your tofu as possible. To press, wrap the tofu block in paper towels or a kitchen towel and sandwich it between two plates. Place a heavy object or pile of cookbooks on the top plate and let sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients
Variations of veggie burger:
- Add seasonings: Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning would taste best in my opinion!
- Mix in some red chili flakes for a delicious spice kick
- Substitute the bread crumbs with a GF blend or ground oats for a gluten-free burger
- Sautee burgers on the stovetop with olive oil for a slightly crispier patty
- Use parmesan cheese instead of nutritional yeast as a cheesy binding agent
- Serve in lettuce cups for a low carb meal
Veggie burgers are a great way to bring Meatless Monday’s to the table. They are typically a crowd-pleaser and are one of those foods that people are typically not too scared to try.
What to serve with veggie burgers:
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Vegan Mushroom Tofu Veggie Burgers
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- 1 8-ounce package baby bella mushrooms
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1 small shallot peeled and cut in quarters
- 1/2 yellow onion quartered
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil can substitute with another neutral oil such as avocado or grapeseed oil
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- tomato sliced
- red onion sliced
- avocado sliced
- 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 2-3 Tablespoons Red's Hot Sauce more or less to taste depending on how spicy you like it!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Press tofu: wrap tofu block in paper towels or a kitchen towel and sandwich between two plates. Set a heavy object on the top plate and set aside.
- Place mushroom, garlic cloves, shallot, and onion in the food processor. Pulse until mushrooms are in very small chunks.
- Place skillet on low-medium heat. Once warm, add olive oil and mushroom mixture. Cook until liquid is absorbed.
- Add mushroom mixture to mixing bowl. Add worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, ground flaxseed, salt, and pepper. Add pressed tofu and let cool before crumbling with hands. Mix until well combined.
- Use 1/2 cup and form into patties. It should make about 6. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip, and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before handling. This helps the patty from falling apart. Serve with toasted hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and secret sauce.
To Make Secret Sauce:
- Mix mayonnaise and hot sauce together until combined. Add more mayo if too spicy or add more hot sauce for a bigger kick!
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