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TVP Veggie Burgers

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So there’s this guy that I work with called Earl. He lives in an RV called Barth, runs 18 kilometers a day, and is a raging vegetarian. He recently introduced me to an unassuming meat substitute called TVP, or textured vegetable protein. This dehydrated soy is high in protein, low in fat, and can be cooked with with delicious results. Earl has conned me and my sister into buying a $20 share of his large bag of TVP. In preparation for the arrival of several kilograms of TVP, I’ve done some research. TVP can be used in soups, curries, casseroles, baking and more. It is especially wonderful for making veggie burgers! Although Earl just adds falafel mix (you can buy it at the store) to some soaked TVP to make his tasty burgers, here for your enjoyment is a slightly more complex recipe. You can also add TVP to refried beans and chili powder to make a taco or wrap filling.

So if you haven’t tried it before, get out there and try some TVP. Earl would be proud of you!

TVP Veggie Burgers


1 1/3 cups textured vegetable protein 
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons ketchup
Worcestershire sauce
soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup flour


Stir TVP into boiling water in a medium mixing bowl.
Add ketchup, Worcestershire, soy (appx. 2 tsp), salt, herbs and spices.
Let stand 10 minutes.
Heat carrots, celery, onion, garlic and basic in a little oil in a skillet, until JUST softened.
Mix veggies into TVP mixture, slowly adding flour until the mixture holds its own shape (like a mix between dough and ground beef).
Shape into 6 patties (1/2 inch think or so).
Cook in frying pan in a bit of oil until both sides are hardened up and darkened.
I’ve tried adding chili powder to the oil in the pan before cooking the patties, and it adds nice flavor.
Also, when shaping the final mixture, it really helps to wet your hands with a bit of water to prevent it sticking.

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