Aug 3, 2010

tex-mex veg burger

I have this thin cookbook of burgers: Meatless Burgers , and every one of the burgers we've tried from this book has not turned out quite right. The book has great burger ideas, but the execution leaves something to be desired. So I used their Tex-Mex Burger recipe as inspiration rather than cooked it as written.

It uses tofu and gluten as the base of the burger. I added roasted corn - fresh off the cob (CSA) - roasted peppers, grilled onions, garlic and chili powder. I baked the burgers first to make sure the gluten was cooked and then I briefly sauteed them in my cast iron skillet to add some color, flavor and texture. This was a great way to make veggie burgers that hold together well enough, do not need to be fried in lots of oil, but not have that dried-out texture that comes solely from baking.

   To accompany the burgers I made a Chili-Lime veganaise by adding some chili powder and lime juice to, you guessed it, veganaise. Toppings for the burger included cilantro, avocado, red onion slices and tomato.

Quick, easy, light lunch.

The kids are on vacation from cooking this week; they are planning their menus for the next ten weeks. The kids liked this one a lot - and not just because they didn't have to cook!

Cost Breakdown:
tofu: $2
gluten: $.50
onion, pepper, garlic, corn: $2
avocado, cilantro, lime, veganaise: $3.50
bread: $3
tomato: $2
Total to make 6 burgers:


  1. Tofu and gluten! Never heard of joining the two but your burger looks amazing. I was like, "is that seitan? no cant be." And cilantro, red onions and avocado sounds divine!

  2. It is still a tad soft, but I didn't want the gluten to be overpowering. It is a little soft but held together. I was even looking at the kids' burgers and asked them about it. They just kind of shrugged and said "Yeah, it's fine." Then proceeded to eat another one. So the flavor is certainly there!

  3. That stinks about that cookbook - I just bought a copy of it! I tend not to follow recipes terribly well though, so hopefully it won't be too bad. :)

  4. Thanks Runners Fuel and Kathryn! I will check out the contest - thank you :)

    AJP, let me know what you are trying and I will see if it one we've made. If so, maybe I can give you a little info about my experience.


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