Tempeh ¼ Pounder
Does this satisfy a craving or what? It is absolutely one of the best vegan burgers I have ever had. Simmering the tempeh in broth prior to pan frying “opens up” the tempeh and also softens it, allowing for a ton of flavor to be added into the burger. I dredged mine in a cornmeal coating prior to pan frying giving it more texture and depth as a whole inside the sandwich. Absolutely delicious.
Wheat-free, can be made Gluten-free by using GF bread or rolls
Makes 2 sandwiches (½ the recipe for one serving)
1 block of tempeh (4oz each portion)
1 vegetable “chicken” bouillon or 2c vegetable broth
1 tomato, sliced thin
¼ of a small red onion, sliced, thin
vegan cheese *optional
4 leaves, green leaf lettuce
2 rolls, buns, slices of bread of choice (wheat-free or gluten-free)
Prepare the tempeh:
Cut the tempeh in half. In about 2 cups of water or veggie broth, in a small pot, bring the tempeh and 1 veggie boullion (or broth) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let steep for another 10 minutes covered, allowing the tempeh to soak up the flavor of the broth.
*EXTRA STEP optional…Coating the tempeh
The coating makes for more of like a chicken sandwich style burger, like a breaded cutlet- SUPER YUM…..
1T nutritional yeast
1/4t ground black pepper
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
1/4t chipotle powder
Olive or Grape seed oil for pan-frying
Salt and pepper to taste
In a toaster, place either the sliced bread or rolls in and toast.
Preheat a large sauté pan or skillet, over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Place the tempeh halves in and reduce the heat to low. (*if corn crusting, remove the from the broth and dredge them directly into the cornmeal coating then proceed to the next step.) Pan fry covered 2-3 minutes on each side. If using vegan cheese, after the tempeh has been flipped once, places the slices of vegan cheese on top, 1oz each return the top and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
When the bread is toasted, spread veganaise, mustard, slices of tomato and red onion and top it with a couple of leaves of lettuce. On the other pieces of bread or roll (the other side of the sandwich), put the ketchup.
Place the cooked “patty” on top of the lettuce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover it with the twin bread or roll with ketchup. Serve with a fermented dill pickle and a side of booch.