Better Burgers

  • Makes : 4 burgers

Delicious, chewy, and satisfying - what more can we ask of a burger? Serve these on buns with all your favorite trimmings. Despite a lengthy list of seasonings, these burgers are a breeze to prepare.


  • 1 cup TSP flakes or granules (Textured Soy Protein, also known as TVP, Textured Vegetable Protein)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 rounded tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup flour (any kind)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes (optional)


Step 1

Place the TSP, oats, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and dry mustard in a medium bowl, and stir until evenly combined. In a small bowl, combine the boiling water, ketchup, and soy sauce, and stir until blended. Pour into the TSP mixture, and stir until well combined. Let rest for 5-10 minutes so the TSP and oats can absorb the liquid.

Step 2

Add the peanut butter, and mix until it is well incorporated. Stir in the flour and optional nutritional yeast flakes, and mix thoroughly. Shape into 4 flat patties, about 4 inches in diameter. Place the patties on a sheet of waxed paper as soon as they are formed.

Step 3

Coat a large, heavy skillet with a thin layer of vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. When hot, add the patties. Lower the heat and brown the patties for 6-8 minutes on each side.

Nutritional Info

Per burger:

  • Calories

  • Fat

    3 g
  • Protein

    14 g
  • Carbohydrates

    3 g

Recipe Source: Vegan Vittles: Second Helpings
Reprinted with permission from the author, Jo Stepaniak.
Photograph © Wanda Embar.

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