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Indian Spiced Black Bean & Tofu Burgers

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Servings: 6 (makes 6 burgers)      Prep Time: 5 minutes      Cook Time: 10 minutes

This recipe is also great for using leftover rice, brown rice wild rice, couscous, farro or quinoa. You can substitute up to 1/2 cup of bread crumbs with any of these items. So, if you have 1/2 cup leftover rice, you can use that + 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs. In the video and photos, I used 1/2 cup quinoa + 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs. You can make Black Bean and Tofu Sliders instead - just make 12 small patties and use slider buns.


1/4 red onion
1 bell pepper, cored
6 ounces fresh mushroom of your choice
One 16-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons garam masala seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
6 ounces soft silken tofu (I prefer Mori-nu brand)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons cooking oil
12 burger buns
mayonnaise (or soy mayonnaise)
2 cups fresh arugula
6 ounces goat cheese (or soy cheese)


Roughly chop the onion and bell pepper (it makes it easier for the food processor). In a food processor, add the first 6 ingredients. Pulse until the mixture becomes finely minced.

Drain the tofu and pat dry. With a large spoon, mix the tofu and the panko bread crumbs into the patty mixture. You can taste the mixture and add additional garam masala seasoning or salt, if needed. Refrigerate the patty mixture for at least 20 minutes (or up to overnight). The mixture should be moist, but just firm enough to hold a patty shape - if it is too wet, mix in 1/4 additional bread crumbs. Shape the mixture into 6-8 patties.

When ready to cook, heat a frying pan over medium heat and swirl in the cooking oil. When hot, carefully add as many patties that can fit without touching. Fry each side until it is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Assemble the patties onto each bun with mayonnaise, arugula and cheese.