Vegan Tofu Veggie Burgers

Vegan tofu veggie burgers on a wooden plate

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins

These easy and healthy tofu-based veggie burgers receive a nutritional boost from wheat germ, and plenty of flavor from the diced onion and green onion, along with garlic powder and soy sauce.

These tofu burgers are so quick and easy to make, they're definitely candidates for your weeknight meal rotation. And they prove that tofu is not just for stir-fy, either. Simply start by gently draining and pressing out the tofu. This step is crucial, as it helps to remove the extra moisture—no one wants to fight with soggy veggie burgers. Then, once it's drained, all you have to do is mash the tofu together with a few simple ingredients for flavor, form it into little patties and then pan-fry for a few minutes and you're done! Serve with a side salad or this vegan carrot ginger soup, to round out the meal. Or try your hand at some oven-baked French fries.

This recipe is completely vegan. Need them to be gluten-free as well? Just swap out the all-purpose flour for any kind of gluten-free flour. Chickpea flour (also called besan or besan flour) works especially well for a few reasons because it complements the flavor profile and tends to be "stickier" than other gluten-free flours. You can find it in just about any Indian grocery store or in the international aisle of larger well-stocked supermarkets. If you need to lose the wheat germ altogether because of allergies or you simply can't find it, feel free to use almond meal/almond flour (which you can make yourself)l or a little bit of extra flour instead.


  • 1/2 container firm or extra firm tofu (well-drained)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 3 green onions (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Dash pepper
  • Oil for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vegan tofu veggie burger ingredients
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  2. Drain the tofu well, pressing out the excess moisture gently. If you leave too much moisture in the tofu, you'll have trouble forming patties; they just won't stay together. 

    Drain and press tofu
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  3. Once your tofu is well pressed and drained, gently mash into small crumbles in a large bowl. 

    Mashed tofu in a bowl
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  4. Add the diced onions, diced green onions, wheat germ, flour, garlic powder, soy sauce, and a dash of pepper into the bowl along with the tofu. Mix to combine well. 

    Tofu combined with diced onions, diced green onions, wheat germ, flour, garlic powder
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  5. Gently press the mixture together to form patties about 1-inch thick. You'll probably want to use your (clean!) hands for this. 

    Tofu mixture formed into four patties on two white plates
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  6. Heat the oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet and fry the veggie burgers until lightly golden brown and crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

    Fry tofu patties
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  7. Serve and enjoy!