Peanut tofu burgers

Peanut tofu burgers

peanut tofu burgers

Happy Friday, guys! After the high of getting married, it’s back to reality for us. Duncan is having an operation, the cat is having behavioural issues, the gorgeous summer weather appears to have come to an end and even my wedding nail polish is chipping… 🙁

Jokes aside, Duncan’s been having massive issues with his sinuses for several months now. He has tried every possible cure, starting from garlic snorting… Well, not quite, rinsing his nasal passages with garlic infused tepid water and ending in antibiotics and steroids. Nothing has helped and the unpleasant symptoms were making it hard for him to go about his everyday and driving him crazy. Finally, his doctor ordered him to have a CT scan done and it transpired that he needs an operation for a deviated septum to resolve the issues. Poor thing, I really feel for him, although he is being very good about it and is relieved, quite frankly, that he finally has the answer to his mystery illness.

Tina has insisted on bringing us ‘pressies’ for the last few days. Is it because we got married, Tina? Really, there is no need!! First time, a tiny terrified little mouse raced across the kitchen floor while Tina was asleep on a chair nearby and I jumped and screamed. Luckily, Duncan used to have mice as pets as a kid and so he is really adept at catching them. He re-purposed an old shoe box, quickly separated Tina from her prey, caught the poor critter and then ran off to release it in a nearby woods. We were hoping it was a one off but it turns out that there has been a new mouse in the house for the last 5 days or so.

So far Duncan has managed to save 4 out of 5 mice, but we have no idea how to make it stop. We’ve tried explaining to Tina that we are not enamoured with her doing this, but she doesn’t care. It’s crazy how your cat changes from this sweet, gentle creature that needs you so much on an emotional level (I don’t know about all cats, but Tina is very attached to us and like a child, gets really needy and affectionate when she has had a rough day – mainly involving being picked on by the tomcat next door) to a calculated and merciless killer in an instant. I realise that it is in her nature and many people think we should not intervene, but it’s hard to watch her be so needlessly cruel.

Okay, enough of the doom and gloom. As it’s Friday, I figured I can possibly tempt you with a simple burger? I made these easy tofu peanut burgers inspired by my favourite Asian flavours. They are easy to make and while we do not yet own a BBQ, so I wasn’t able to test them on one, they did really well on a griddle pan, so I would risk a statement that they are perfect for the grilling season. They feature creamy avocado, crunchy lettuce leaves, chewy peanut marinade-coated tofu patties, fresh cucumber shavings, sharp pickles and fragrant coriander. They will go with a tumbler of light beer and a few rays of sunshine on your face, so don’t delay, make them this weekend!

peanut tofu burger

peanut tofu burgers making

peanut tofu burgers assembly

peanut tofu burger

makes
4
PREP
30 min
COOKING
30 min
makes
4
PREPARATION
30 min
COOKING
30 min
INGREDIENTS
PICKLED ONIONS

  • 120 ml / ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red onion, sliced very finely

MARINADE (DOUBLES UP AS A SAUCE)

REMAINING INGREDIENTS

  • 400 g / 14 oz – 800 g / 28 oz firm cotton tofu*, pressed (I use this tofu press)
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 4 burger buns (GF if needed)
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 8 small lettuce leaves
  • half a cucumber, shaved with a speed peeler
  • fresh coriander
  • black sesame seeds, to garnish (optional)
METHOD
  1. Place the apple cider vinegar and 120 ml / ½ cup of water (use less water if you want the pickles to be sharper) in a small pan and bring to the boil. Place the finely sliced onions in a jar and pour hot pickling liquid over them. Store the leftovers in the fridge.
  2. Cut the pressed tofu up into 4 or 8 (if you wanna have two pieces per burger) equal size pieces. The size will be different depending on the tofu you use, but you’ll end up with 0.5 cm / 0.2″ thick slices.
  3. Heat up a griddle pan on a low heat. Brush it with a bit of oil (that’s especially important if the pan isn’t a non-stick one). Alternatively, you can also use the oven at 200° C / 390° F.
  4. Place the tofu on the heated-up pan and leave it alone for about 5-10 minutes (depending on the heat and conductivity of your pan) on each side. If using the oven, bake it in the preheated oven for 10 minutes on each side.
  5. While the tofu is drying out, place all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until you get a uniform, thick sauce.
  6. Sprinkle dried out tofu with a small amount of soy sauce / tamari (it should absorb it straight away) and then coat it in the marinade and return to the lightly greased pan for about 1-2 minutes on each side. If using an oven, switch the oven to the grill / broil function and grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until lightly caramelised.
  7. Halve your buns and gently toast them if you wish.
  8. Build your burgers by placing a few avocado slices on the bottom half of each burger, follow up with lettuce leaves, peanut tofu, cucumber shavings, pickled onions, fresh coriander, sesame seeds and an extra dollop of peanut sauce.

NOTES
*I used 200 g / 7 oz of tofu (two slices) per burger, but you can also get away with half of that.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
617
31%
sugars
15 g
16%
fats
33 g
47%
saturates
5 g
27%
proteins
30 g
60%
carbs
57 g
22%
*per serving
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Joann:
Thanks for another fantastic recipe Ania! Everybody loved them, even my daughter who is not so keen on tofu! Making them again today xx
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yay, thank you, Joann! I'm so happy to hear that, especially that little people don't have the most forgiving tastes, do they ;) ? x Ania
Moni:
Great recipe! I needed a bit of chilly kick, so I added vegan chipotle mayo that went well with the peanut sauce - I tend to like saucy burgers. Thank you for all the healthy recipes!
    Ania
    Ania:
    My pleasure! I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed them! x Ania
Louwana Oliva:
How long will the pickled onions last in the fridge? I used to make a falafel salad with pickled radishes, do you think this would work on radishes too? It seems so easy and I like it doesn't add a bunch of sugar to the mix.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi! They will last for 1 week at least. Sure, radishes will work well too. Ania
Elizabeth:
Forgot my stars :)
Elizabeth Rushe:
This is amazing - I've made it three times in the last week lol. ALWAYS SO GOOD. Thank you!!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yay! That's so great to hear! and thanks for the stars :) They make all the difference! Ania
Frida:
Love all ur recipes
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much, Frida! I'm delighted to hear that! Ania
Sally:
Great to hear Duncan has been diagnosed and hope the op was totally successful. Does this mean that the molds of Paros are off the hook? Our local council will write to a pet owner if neighbours complain about some issue... probably mostly dogs but perhaps your's might do the same for Tina's tormentor? Especially as the owner ignores your emails. Perhaps he needs to be neutered 🙀🙀🙀! Probably fathering unwanted kittens all over Bristol as well. Hope married life improves soon 😉
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Sally! The op hasn't happened yet, we are waiting to hear when, but fingers crossed it will be soon! Not necessarily, his CT scan hasn't shown any signs of mould poisoning now, but the symptoms he has been suffering from lately are totally different to the symptoms he had in Greece and the ones he had in Greece went away completely after about 3 weeks in the UK. Plus, they 100% match the symptoms for black mould poisoning so we still think that it was mould poisoning on Paros. Hmm, I don't know where you live, but I am pretty sure that Bristol council does not care if our cat is being bullied sadly...although it would be great if they did. The owner claims he had been neutered, but she also claims that it is Tina attacking her cat, which everyone in the neighbourhood knows is not the case. I think it's called 'denial' ;) Thank you, I'm sure it will. It's not that bad, we are relieved about Duncan's diagnosis to be honest. Ania
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