Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Spicy Asian tofu burgers

While I did enjoy the German spätzle, I wasn’t too keen on eating it as a main dish, smothered by cheese as they serve in the restaurants here. So, inspired by Melting Wok’s tofu burgers and having just enough left-over ingredients, this seemed like the perfect accompaniment to the spätzle (or was the spätzle accompanying the burgers?).

These are extremely healthy (I’m still trying to be on a diet!) semi-spicy tofu burgers which are much easier to make if you have an electric mixer thing and not just a handheld fork powered by chocolate carrot sticks as in my case!

1/2 onion diced
250g plain firm tofu mashed
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
1 tsp ginger minced
1 tbsp garlic minced
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp red curry paste

I mashed the tofu with my handheld fork, mixed in all ingredients, shaped the patties and popped them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes. The wonderfully healthy patties were then grilled (with very little oil!) and served up with the not so healthy spätzle!

This dish probably best reflects my beliefs in yin-yang eating…combining the fat and not-so-fat on 1 plate ;-)

I didn’t serve any buns with the burgers; I figured there were enough carbohydrates in the spätzle!


  1. The burgers sound great...I'd really love to taste it...which means that I've got to make it...

  2. The bottom first pix looks like rolled oats cookies!
    Sounds good, esp. the not-so-fat part;p

  3. I've not had tofu burgers before. Will try one day :)

  4. Does the healthiness cancel out the fattiness? ;)

  5. it looks a bit like the indian vadai! hehe. all this food is inspiring me to become a vegetarian. hahaha.

  6. urmm i think i got to give this a miss...too vegetarian for me!! but it does look really interesting

  7. Hi Isha!

    Hi Sunita: Thanks for stopping by again! Yep - making it is the hard part, eating is the easy part!

    Tigerfish: Hehe - yeah, BIG FAT rolled oats cookies!

    Simcooks: I looooveee tofu. I could eat it everyday in anyway!

    WanderingC: Umm.....yeah...welll...it depends on the healthy to fat ratio! hehe.

    LyricalLemongrass: Thanks for stopping by. I'm semi-vegetarian only because I'm a fussy eater and I love tofu!

    EastMeetsWest: Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi Nicole: Hehe - well, I could make the burgers without tofu but then they would be just hamburgers not tofu burgers ;-)

  8. thats my kind of food! looks healthy and yummy too. very creative idea. have to try out.

  9. I read your profile. You are located in France. Perhaps when I go to France, I can meet up with you and enjoy a cup of coffee and some French pastries at a local cafe?

    p/s Linked you...under "food bloggers".

  10. those look delish1 yummy. i think i'm hungry. :D

  11. there was alot of kind food based on tofu, in indonesian tofu is our fav main menu :)

    looks yummy, i shall try next time

  12. These look nice! Also can make tofu salad with mashed tofu, tahini dressing, soy, garlic and crunchy veg like celery and carrot - only fat thing then would be the tahini :)

  13. *clap clap* I like this much better, got coriander spice and curry paste, yums !:) Thx for sharing and the mention, ger, I'll keep this recipe in mind, cheers !:)

  14. Hi Sharmi: Good thing I'm addicted to tofu - it could be worse - it could be chocolate!

    Hi LeePing: Thx for dropping by & the link. Um, actually we just moved to Germany - I just haven't gotten around to changing my profile!

    BuddingCook: I'm "always" hungry!

    Lia: Yep - I like my tofu! Can't get enough!

    Hi Msiagirl: Thx for dropping by. Great idea with the tofu salad! But mashed tofu instead of firm pieces of tofu?

    Meltingwok: Hehe - you like this better than...my wormy Spatzle? Hehe!

  15. yeah the firm tofu is mashed but leave chunks, not like mash potato :) then the carrot is grated and the celery diced. then drizzle tahini dressing (garlic, dill, soy, tahini, water stirred together). eat with toasted pita bread.

  16. I have to remember that you have a tofu burger recipe when I need to cook for my vegetarian friends... This is very healthy dish, rolled oats and tofu but what makes it great is the garlic and curry.

  17. Msiagirl: Thx for the recipe! That sounds really yummy!

    LeePing: I'm on a health kick at the moment....though I don't think it will last ;-)

  18. your recipe sounds really good to me, I should try once !!! cheers

  19. Salut Claude-Olivier! J'aime bien le tofu et j'en mange beaucoup beaucoup beaucoup!


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