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Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Burger Recipe - Made with Tofu

Updated on August 11, 2013
4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Burgers

Vegetarian burgers do not have to be dull. Spice them up a little with smoky chipotle flavor for a tasty change of pace. Sauteed onions and garlic add flavor; veggies and oats add nutrition and fiber. A touch of whole wheat flour on the outside of the patties adds a wonderful crispy golden brown coating. Enjoy!

Beautiful golden brown Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Burgers are delicious!  Give them a try!
Beautiful golden brown Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Burgers are delicious! Give them a try! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6 vegetarian burgers

Ingredients

  • 14 oz Tofu, Extra Firm
  • 1 stalk Celery, Finely Chopped
  • 1 Carrot, Grated
  • 1 small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Pressed or Finely Chopped
  • 2 Heaping Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats, Traditional (not quick oats)
  • 2 Tbsp Weber's Chipotle Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Tone's Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup Sunflower, Olive or Vegetable Oil

Why Do You Eat Veggie Burgers?

I eat veggie burgers because

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  1. Drain extra firm tofu by removing it from the package and wrapping the block of tofu in paper towels. Set the wrapped tofu on a plate. Place another plate on top of the tofu. Place a can of vegetables on top plate for weight. Allow 20-25 minutes for liquid from the tofu to drain out.
  2. Heat a small amount of water in a skillet (about 1/4 cup) on high heat. Add finely chopped onion and pressed garlic. Saute in water until onion is translucent and water has evaporated.
  3. Place drained tofu in a bowl and crumble with your hands. The tofu should break easily into small pieces. Be sure that all of the tofu is well crumbled so that remaining ingredients will mix well.
  4. Add celery, carrots, tomato paste, rolled oats, chipotle seasoning, liquid smoke and onion/garlic mixture to tofu and mix.
  5. Heat oil in skillet on medium high heat.
  6. Place white whole wheat flour on a plate.
  7. Divide tofu mixture into 6 equal parts and shape into patties.
  8. Dredge each patty in flour so that all sides are coated.
  9. Fry each patty for 3 - 4 minutes on each side. They will be beautifully golden brown.
  10. Use two spatulas to flip patties to prevent breaking. One spatula will lift the patty; the other spatula will catch the patty as it is flipped and keep it from falling back on the skillet.
  11. Remove cooked patties from skillet and place on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  12. Enjoy your delicious Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Burger as you would any other burger - with a bun, mustard, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes!
Draining tofu removes excess water and provides a better base for your vegetarian burgers.
Draining tofu removes excess water and provides a better base for your vegetarian burgers. | Source

How to Drain Tofu

Drain extra firm tofu by wrapping the block in paper towels and placing on a plate. Top with another plate and a can of veggies to add weight. Let stand for 20-25 minutes before use.

Sauteing 1 small finely chopped onion and 3 cloves of pressed garlic adds amazing flavor to your veggie burgers.
Sauteing 1 small finely chopped onion and 3 cloves of pressed garlic adds amazing flavor to your veggie burgers. | Source

How to Sauté Onion and Garlic in Water

Finely chop 1 small onion and press or finely chop 3 cloves of garlic.

Sauteing onion and garlic in water eliminates additional fat from your recipe.  The result is the same:  beautifully translucent, lightly flavored onions and garlic.
Sauteing onion and garlic in water eliminates additional fat from your recipe. The result is the same: beautifully translucent, lightly flavored onions and garlic. | Source

The amount of water used to sauté onions and garlic should be just enough to cover the bottom of your pan to a depth of about 1/8 inch. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to sauté onions and garlic. The less water used, the better.

Be sure to sauté until all of the water (or most of it) has evaporated.  This avoids adding extra moisture to your vegetarian burgers.
Be sure to sauté until all of the water (or most of it) has evaporated. This avoids adding extra moisture to your vegetarian burgers. | Source

You are finished sauteing the onions and garlic when they are translucent and all of the water has evaporated from the pan. Remove quickly to prevent burning. Allow to cool while adding additional ingredients to tofu. Add onions and garlic last so they are cool for mixing.

Crumbled tofu is soft and should not have excess fluid in your bowl if drained for 20-25 minutes.
Crumbled tofu is soft and should not have excess fluid in your bowl if drained for 20-25 minutes. | Source

Crumble Tofu with Your Hands

Place the block of drained extra firm tofu in a mixing bowl. Crumble with your hands until no large pieces of tofu remain.

2 heaping tablespoons of tomato paste replace eggs as a binder in this recipe.  (Note that I use an actual tablespoon and not a measuring spoon for this addition.)
2 heaping tablespoons of tomato paste replace eggs as a binder in this recipe. (Note that I use an actual tablespoon and not a measuring spoon for this addition.) | Source

Tomato Paste Replaces Eggs as a Binder

Traditional burger recipes call for eggs as a binder for the mix. Tomato paste provides a tangy refreshing flavor while also adding some color to these vegetarian burgers. Use a regular table spoon instead of a measuring spoon for adding tomato paste.

Add 1 finely chopped celery stalk (about 1/2 cup) and 1 grated carrot (about 1/2 cup) to tofu.
Add 1 finely chopped celery stalk (about 1/2 cup) and 1 grated carrot (about 1/2 cup) to tofu. | Source

Add Celery and Carrot

Finely chopped celery provides a bit of a crunch to these veggie burgers. If you don't like crunchy celery, simply add the celery to onions and garlic when sauteing. The crunch will be removed, but the nutrition will remain.

One small carrot or 4-5 large baby carrots will yield about 1/2 cup of grated carrot. Carrots add Vitamin A, beta carotene, dietary fiber, and color to these nutritious burgers.

Adding traditional long cooking rolled oats to your veggie burger mix adds firmness to the mix and provides dietary fiber.
Adding traditional long cooking rolled oats to your veggie burger mix adds firmness to the mix and provides dietary fiber. | Source

Add Traditional Long Cooking Rolled Oats

Rolled oats were a regular addition to my mother's ground beef burger mix. The oats provided additional bulk to the mix and made the ground beef go further. Over the years I have continued to add rolled oats to my own burger mixes as it does stretch the protein source and also keeps moisture in the burgers when cooking. These veggie burgers will come out juicy and flavorful!

Weber Seasoning, Bold 'N Smokey Chipotle, 21 Ounce
Weber Seasoning, Bold 'N Smokey Chipotle, 21 Ounce

This is my chipotle seasoning of choice. It has great, bold spicy flavor. Give it a try!

 

Add Chipotle Seasoning, Liquid Smoke and Sauteed Onions and Garlic

This recipe is moderately spicy. If you prefer less spicy veggie burgers, add less chipotle seasoning. If you prefer them more spicy, add more.

Liquid smoke adds a great smoky flavor to your veggie burgers. 1 tablespoon is enough to give smoky flavor your veggie burgers.

Add cooled onions and garlic. Mix all ingredients well.

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Add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of your skillet to a depth of 1/8 - 1/4 inch.  Heat to medium before adding burger patties.Sunflower, olive or vegetable oil are all great choices for frying your vegetarian burgers.
Add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of your skillet to a depth of 1/8 - 1/4 inch.  Heat to medium before adding burger patties.
Add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of your skillet to a depth of 1/8 - 1/4 inch. Heat to medium before adding burger patties. | Source
Sunflower, olive or vegetable oil are all great choices for frying your vegetarian burgers.
Sunflower, olive or vegetable oil are all great choices for frying your vegetarian burgers. | Source

Heat Cooking Oil to Medium Heat

Choose a light oil like sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, or vegetable oil for frying your vegetarian burgers. Use oil sparingly to avoid adding to much fat and calories to your recipe. A light coating on the bottom of your skillet will work just fine.

White whole wheat flour for dredging vegetarian burger patties before frying.
White whole wheat flour for dredging vegetarian burger patties before frying. | Source

Dredge Shaped Veggie Burger Patties in Flour

After mixing all ingredients well, divide tofu mix into 6 equal parts. Shape into patties. Dredge each patty into white whole wheat flour before frying. The flour adds extra nutrition (protein, fiber, carbohydrates) to your veggie burgers and will also allow them to fry to a beautiful, crispy golden brown.

Tofu veggie burgers dredged in white whole wheat flour fry to a beautiful golden brown.
Tofu veggie burgers dredged in white whole wheat flour fry to a beautiful golden brown. | Source

Cook Vegetarian Burger Patties Until Golden Brown

After dredging tofu burger patties in white whole wheat flour, gently place burgers in skillet to fry. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Flip gently to other side using 2 spatulas. Use one spatula to lift and stand the patty on one side. Catch the burger patty with the other spatula and gently place it back on the skillet to complete cooking.

Drain cooked patties on a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve as a vegetarian burger with a whole grain bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard or mayo. Enjoy!

Preparing Tofu Veggie Burgers for Cooking

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    • GetitScene profile image

      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      Great photos and the burger sounds wonderful. I love chipotle!

    • Sue Bailey profile image

      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I'm not vegetarian but I do like to try veggie recipes regularly for the health aspect. Voted up and useful

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Amazing pictures and great detailed directions. I can't wait to try this. I love liquid smoke in our veggie burgers it gives them so much flavor. We did some with tofu and also combined with tvp as well which is also very good. I love the oats too. I do that also and it really does retain moisture and flavor.

      voted up, pinned and all that :)

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