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Indian Spiced Black Bean & Tofu Burgers

Jayden Hair
These delicious black bean & tofu burgers are spiced with garam masala, which adds a wonderful depth of flavor. Super easy to make, with a crispy texture on the outside and a melt in the mouth middle, these are perfect for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 468 kcal


  • 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.


Save time by using a food processor to chop up your veggies.
As this is all veggie, you can taste the patty mix before cooking and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
Omit the cheese to make vegan.
You can cut back on the panko if you have any left over grains in the house.


Calories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 22gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 1097mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 9gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1072IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 253mgIron: 6mg
Keyword black bean burger, tofu burger, veggie burger
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