This lemongrass tofu burger is a perfect example of the deliciousness that happens when two cuisines are fused together! This burger looks pretty classic, but it actually has Eastern Asian influences with lemongrass infused into the patty, wasabi mayo on the buns, and plenty of bamboo shoots. Yum!

Lemongrass Tofu Burgers [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Lemongrass Tofu:

  • 7 ounces of firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced or grated ginger
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

For the Wasabi Mayo:

For Assembly:

  • 2 sesame burger buns
  • Lots of pea shoots or alfalfa sprouts
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Preparation

  1. Drain the tofu and press between a few pieces of paper towel.
  2. Whisk together the lemongrass, ginger, oil, maple syrup, vinegar, pepper, and soy sauce.
  3. Slice the tofu and place in the marinade. Let it soak up the marinade for 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, mix the mayonnaise ingredients. Add the wasabi as you go to adjust the flavor to your preference.
  5. Heat up a skillet on medium-high heat. Add a bit of olive oil to the pan and place the tofu slices onto it. Leave little bits of ginger and lemongrass behind. When all the tofu is out of the marinade, pour it through a little sieve or strainer. Discard the chunks and keep the pure marinade to gradually pour over the tofu on the pan.
  6. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  7. Toast two burger buns, smear a generous amount of wasabi mayonnaise on both sides, place a few slices on tofu and lots of pea shoots, and serve.
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