BBQ Tempeh Burgers

Monday, August 3, 2009

I worked on getting the texture of these burgers just right. And, if you cook them, and use them later (either frozen or refrigerated), they're just about perfect. I make my burgers in batches and freeze them, so this is ideal for me. It makes an amazing and healthy quick meal. The barbecue sauce is key. Use you favorite and you won't be disappointed.

BBQ Tempeh Burger

BBQ Tempeh Burgers
1/4 cup lentils
2 tbs brown rice
1 cup water
6 oz tempeh
2 cloves garlic
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & finely chopped
1 onion, grated
1 tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp browning sauce
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup vital wheat gluten

Bring water to a boil. Add the lentils and rice. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the lentils and rice are soft and the liquid is absorbed. Drain, if necessary. Cool to room temperature. Boil the tempeh for ten minutes, then remove and cool. When cool, grate the tempeh. When the tempeh, rice and lentils are cooled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all of the ingredients together and kneed for a couple minutes. Form into 8 patties. Coat a cookie sheet with vegetable oil. Bake the patties for 25 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes.

I make these to be reheated, so if you eat them right away, they will be a bit soft. You can reheat them, either frozen or refrigerated in the oven, microwave or grill.

8 Servings: 195 cal (7g fat, 16g carbs, 20g protein)

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  1. hedturtle Says:
  2. yum!! Can't wait to try these! :-)

  3. Dani Says:
  4. Wow! Your tempeh burger looks so good! I really want to make this recipe but the taste of vital wheat gluten or any seitan recipes I've tried taste horrible. Does the BBQ sauce cover it up?

  5. The wheat gluten is here as a binder. It doesn't taste like seitan at all. The tempeh flavor is minimal as well.

  6. Dani Says:
  7. Ah that's good news, now I can try these tonight!

    Thanks Matt!

  8. ginger Says:
  9. this looks like the best vegan burger recipe i've ever joke. i will try this soonm, thanks!

  10. Dani Says:
  11. I've made so many burger recipes this summer but this is the only one I will make again!! I loved how easily they shaped up too!

    Thanks again!!

  12. Anonymous Says:
  13. ooh, looks so tasty! i'm in need of a good veg burger recipe. can't wait to try this one.

  14. Jennifer Says:
  15. These are s o g o o d. The dough-ish feel of them before I baked them surprised me. And I had never tried Liquid Smoke before, so the "meat" smell as they baked was also surprising. And two tablespoons of rice surprised me--obviously you worked hard on this recipe, and I, for one, really appreciate it! I'm so glad I ran across your site.

  16. Now serve this on a whole wheat bun which has been slathered with coconut oil and toasted cut side down in a skillet. I think it would make this an even more perfect hamburger.

  17. Anonymous Says:
  18. I made these tonight (didn't have BBQ sauce so I used chipotle salsa instead) they're wonderful, I will be making them again.


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