Why is there a picture of uncooked Tempeh burgers on my blog you’re asking? The answer is simple. These burgers are so tasty that we eat them the second they’re off the grill. By the time I remember that I wanted to take a picture the burger is half-eaten and unattractive. Today as I was putting them together I realized the only way I’d get a picture was to take it before they were cooked!
These are the burgers we’ve been eating this summer. While I love a good bean burger I was missing the dense meaty quality of well let’s face it a meat burger. I wanted a burger that was firm, that could handle piles of toppings and that didn’t require cooking before it hit the BBQ. This hits the spot nicely. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
2 packages of tempeh (approx 250 gm each)
1 tbsp minced garlic
4 tbsp dried onion flakes
1/2 c ketchup
1/2 c Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 c panic bread crumbs
2 tbsp liquid smoke
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tbsp of flaxseed
Pulse the tempeh in a food processor until you reach a crumbled texture.
In a large bowl place all of the ingredients along with the crumbled tempeh together and mix well, using hands to really blend the ingredients together.
Form the mixture into patties.
BBQ on the grill for approximately 12 minutes on medium heat, flipping once.
Top with your favourite burger fixings. Enjoy!
Keep an eye on your burgers as you cook them but don’t touch them too much. You don’t want to flip them until the bottom is quite firm as you might loose parts of them if you move too quickly. Think of them a bit like pancakes. If you flip too soon it’s all over.
Make sure these are nice and firm before you remove them from the grill. Part of the charm these burgers possess is their sturdy quality and you want to make sure they are nice and cooked before you enjoy them.
Sometimes for fun we put BBQ sauce on these as they’re cooking on the grill. It’s a nice variation.
Don’t over process the tempeh. I made that mistake once and will never do it again. It makes for a mushy burger and that is most unpleasant if you ask me.