Vege Burgers are the real deal, folks

17 Nov

To many  non-vegetarians, the very idea of a vegetarian burger is kind of a joke. At my dinner table recently, I faced a couple of strict non-vegetarians who had just returned from a fully-loaded banana leaf meal (white rice + only one vege + mutton + chicken + papadam or crackers served on a banana leaf). When I brought out my vegetarian burger, I couln’t help but notice they’re barely successful attempts at stiffling their snide laughter.

And then, it errupted.

“You vegetarians.”

I waited.

“Why be a vegetarian if you still crave burgers. And what’s the fascination with mock meat? Stop kidding yourselves-lah

Whoa, buddy.

All the vegetarians out there, let me represent, y’all. Just because we don’t want to eat meat, doesn’t mean we don’t like to eat. And who says  a flavourful burger has to be made  from meat.  The combination of a delicious patty in between two slices of bread with cheese, tomato and relish is just explosive. Doesn’t matter if it’s a beef patty, chicken patty, turkey patty, fish patty, vegetable patty, soy patty or a krabby patty (the kind SpongeBob makes at the Krusty Krab) — a tasty patty is a tasty patty and a good burger is a good burger.

So if you’re not averse to a good tasting, meatless burger, patty enjoy!


2 firm tofu

1/4 cup canned spinach

1/4 cup shitake or button mushrooms, chopped very small

1 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin

red chilli flakes

1/2 green chilli, chopped small

1 medium onion chopped small


dash of light soy sauce

salt and pepper

1 egg (optional)

Mash tofu, add all ingredients and mix. Add  enough breadcrumbs to bind the patties. You can, if you want to, add an egg. From the mixture into 2 patties. Shallow fry till golden –medium heat. Toast bread, spread butter and mayo (if you wish) and load with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce (if you want). Chow down.

Summer Burgers

One Response to “Vege Burgers are the real deal, folks”

  1. Melissa April 3, 2010 at 08:29 #

    OOOh, what a cool twist on a veggie pattie! Thanks for sharing!

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