Vegetarian TVP Veggie Burgers

TVP burger
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Ratings (15)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
315 Calories
28g Fat
14g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 457mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Calcium 48mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These vegetarian TVP or texturized vegetable protein veggie burgers are high in protein and are spiced up with a combination of ketchup to provide a bit of a meaty flavor, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne pepper to pack a bit of a kick. Feel free to omit the chili powder and cayenne if you prefer a milder veggie burger, or, experiment with adding a few other "meaty" sauces and spices: a bit of barbecue sauce, a touch of liquid smoke or some vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Note that these TVP burgers are vegetarian, but since they do call for an egg as a binder, they are not vegan.

TVP makes for a great vegetarian meat substitute as it is affordable (it's seriously cheap), high in protein, versatile and readily available. If you've never tried using TVP to make veggie burgers, try this recipe. I usually work with the TVP "flakes" which are about the size of your pinky fingernail and tend to be more readily available at most grocery stores, in my experience. The larger "chunks" won't work as well in this recipe. 

Wondering about whether or not vegetarians eat eggs? Here's more on the debate as to whether eggs are vegetarian or not.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth (hot)
  • 1 egg (beaten well)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • dash salt (to taste)
  • dash pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: oil for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. First, combine the TVP (textured vegetable protein) and the hot vegetable broth in a large bowl. Set aside to allow the TVP to rehydrate for at least 15 minutes, or until almost all of the vegetable broth liquid has been absorbed. Drain any excess moisture.

  2. Next, combine the rehydrated TVP with the remaining ingredients and stir to combine well. You may need to add a little more or less than 1 cup flour to get the mixture to the right sticky consistency.

  3. Form the mixture into patties and fry in oil over medium heat on each side until lightly browned, or, grill on a lightly greased barbecue or indoor grill.

If you've struggled to make vegetarian (and especially vegan) veggie burgers in the past, you've probably had some trouble with veggie burger binders.