Monday, July 18, 2011

Tofu Pecan Sliders: For When Three Burgers Are Better Than One (Always)


So, it's hot. Not much more to say about that. I don't really mind the heat, but it sure doesn't make me want to cook much. I had "bake something" on my weekend to-do list, but I crossed it off with impunity as soon as the humidity kicked in. Turn the oven on? No thank you.

Also there was a wildly destructive storm here last night. This meant we had two out of three dogs freaking out with thunder fear and so neither the Man of Science or I got a very good sleep.

All this meant that when I got home from work tonight I was hot and tired. Which led to not wanting to cook anything too complicated. Luckily, I'd picked up a package of slider buns on a whim last week. Enter some fun and easy homemade burgers.


I'm a big fan of recipes that involve just throwing everything in a food processor. This is one of those recipes. If you don't have a food processor I'm pretty sure you could still make these work, but be prepared to do a whole lot of chopping. Also, your burgers might not have the smooth texture of these ones that I made.

I should note that the Man of Science loved these. He likened them to his white whale of veggie burgers: the Manx Pub tofu burger that was removed from their menu several years ago. When he made that comparison I knew these had been a special hit. I've heard him rhapsodize about that Manx burger more times that I can count. I'm guessing this recipe is going to be one that gets repeated often.

post pan frying

Tofu Pecan Sliders

1/2 cup pecans
1 small onion
1/2 pound of firm tofu
1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
flour for dusting on patties
olive oil for pan frying

In a food processor, process pecans until they are ground fairly fine.

Quarter the onion and cube the tofu, then process them as well, until the mixture is crumbly and uniform.

Add all other ingredients (except the olive oil and flour) and process until well mixed.

Grab a hunk of mixture (approximately 2 tbsp worth) and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball and dust with flour until it is no longer sticky.

Repeat until you've used up all the mixture. I got 12 little patties out of it. You can do bigger patties if you'd rather.

Heat a non-stick or cast iron pan over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan.

Working in batches of six, pan fry the patties for four minutes on the first side and about three minutes on the second side. They should turn a nice medium brown colour.

I poked the middle of each patty with a chopstick while they were frying. In my experience this helps things cook better.

When the burgers are cooked, place them on a couple sheets of paper towel to draw out excess oil.

Serve with vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, and- if you're my husband- Dijon mustard, horseradish, and chili garlic sauce.

pecan tofu sliders

Yum. Now I'm going to bed.



foodfeud said...

This does sound really easy and they look so cute! Where did you find slider buns?

Cadry said...

Awesome! Vegans should not be denied adorable mini-burgers. I've never seen tiny buns like that at the store, but I did notice a bun recipe in Vegan Diner. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy said...

nice! and i hear ya, so hot!

Anonymous said...

These look amazing and so simple! I'm always down for trying new veggie burger recipes. Nice work and can't wait to try this on my blog :)


Asteroidea Press said...

Sounds delish! Any thoughts on possible substitutions for the wheat gluten?

Ricki said...

They sound totally adorable! I'm also a huge fan of food processor recipes--so much easier (and basically, I'm lazy). ;) I'm with Asteroidea up there--need a sub for the wheat gluten. If I come up with something, I'll let you know--thinking I've got to try these! :)

Faith said...

Awesome! These are so cute! i keep thinking I should make some kind of sliders because I'm jealous when I see other people eating them. I'm all about my plate looking cute. I never see slider buns, though! I obviously need to look harder

Lauren said...

YUM! These look megatasty! =)

Heartsong Aviary said...

These look awesome-as do all of your recipes. I've even made some -in the heat. I'm in Ottawa too and had power out for 24 hrs.
I just wanted to add that the Manx has a delicious chickpea burger if you get a chance -go for it. Thanks for posting all the great recipes...please keep it up.

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

I was thinking as I made these that they wouldn't be any good for the wheat/gluten-free folks, what with the gluten, flour, and buns. But for non-vegans, I do always notice veggie burger recipes with an egg added to them, which I think would bind as well as the gluten, though not give quite the same texture. For not-gluten vegans, maybe a tbsp of ground flax seeds? Just a guess, let me know if anything works!

And the slider buns came from Loblaws, which is our big grocery store here in Ottawa. I haven't seen them elsewhere, but I have thought about making my own. These were a bit more pasty than I usually like my bread, but fun for a treat.

Adam and Theresa said...

These look great! We are always on the hunt for the perfect veggie burger..and may the hunt never end ;)

We just got that book The Best Veggie Burgers On the Planet by Joni Marie Newman. Do you have it? Haven't cooked anything from it yet, but it looks pretty good.

the [sugar] apothecary said...

Wow, I'm super impressed! These came out great! What is it about non-chunky (as in, no chunks of lima bean or mushy corn poking out the sides) veggie burgers that is so appealing? I love that you used a pecan/tofu base, too! Ugh it's only 10:45 and I'm ready for dinner :)

Kelsey said...

these are well.... PERFECTION!

Melissa said...

I just found your blog courtesy of vegansaurus, and I'm in love. So, so, SO delicious! Can't wait to make some of these recipes. Also, I like the way you write! So funny! Thanks for sharing :)

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Aw, thanks! Welcome, welcome!

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said...

Aw man, I love foods in miniature. I've been seriously craving tofu burgers...these ones look perfect for a nice summer evening!

Bernice said...

These were delicious! I total screwed up the texture though.. (note to self... buy a food processor, a blender just ISN'T the same thing;p)
Still loved them, though. A++ would make again! Thanks for sharing.