Mushroom Tofu Veggie Burger

mushrooms Recipe courtesy of John Ash

Serves 6

This is a healthy and very tasty vegetable “burger.” The toasting of the oats and nuts add both flavor and texture dimensions to the final dish. 

  • ½ cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • ¼ cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped, including green tops
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1½ cups crimini, shiitake, or other mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ cooked brown basmati rice
  • 1/3 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2/3 cup firm tofu, mashed
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs, panko preferred
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella (optional)
  • Fresh salsa

Place the oats and almonds on separate baking sheets and lightly toast in a preheated 375 °F oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until very lightly colored. Set aside to cool.

Heat oil in a sauté pan and over moderate heat sauté the onions, garlic, and mushrooms until softened and lightly colored. Add the oats and continue to cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool mixture.

Combine the onion mixture with the rice, cheese, tofu, eggs, parsley, bread crumbs, and almonds and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Shape into 6 patties and sauté or broil until golden and crisp on the outside.

Top with a slice of fresh mozzarella, if desired, and a teaspoon or two of fresh salsa and serve immediately.

Nutritional information per serving (without optional garnish):

Calories: 210 ⁄ Protein: 12 g ⁄ Carbohydrate: 17 g ⁄ Fiber: 2 g ⁄ Sodium: 470 mg
Saturated fat: 3 g ⁄ Polyunsaturated fat: 3 g ⁄ Monounsaturated fat: 5 g ⁄
Trans fat: 0 g ⁄ Cholesterol: 40 mg

Copyright © 1995, John Ash. Reproduced from the October 2007 Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference, The Culinary Institute of America.

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