Tofu & Lentils Burger – Asian Style

I always favor local restaurants over chain restaurants and one of the best veggie burgers I have ever had was at Twister Creek Restaurant of Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska. We visited this place during our Alaskan cruise and land tour. It had fresh flavors of local ingredients. Here is the link http://denalibrewingcompany.com/

Even though I don’t favor chain restaurants, there is one restaurant which do serve gourmet style burgers ‘Red Robin’. It is my husband’s all time favorite burger place. The good part about Red Robins is that you can substitute meat patty with Garden Veggie patty or BOCA patty in almost all the burgers they offer. 

I always keep store bought burger patties in my freezer. Some of my absolute favorites are

1. Morning star’s Garden Burger, Black Bean Burger and BOCA Burger,

2. Trader Joe’s Veggie Masala Burger and Pizza Veggie Burgers.

One day in order to surprise my husband, I created this gourmet style burger. To my astonishment he loved it and asked me to make him one more burger. If you are like him and don’t like tofu then this recipe might change your perception towards tofu. Here is the step by step recipe,

Ingredients for patty:
1/2 block of extra firm tofu (drain all water and mash it well)
1/2 cup lentils (boiled)
1 cup baby spinach (chopped)
2 tablespoon cilantro leaves (chopped)
2 tablespoon Thai basil leaves (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 inch ginger (minced)
1/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs (for crunch)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch (for binding)
1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds
2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt spread (or plain Greek yogurt)
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of hot chili sauce (sambhal)
1/2 tablespoon of smoked liquid (optional) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Colgin-Liquid-Smoke-Natural-Hickory-Seasoning-4-fl-oz/10314500
1 tablespoon of sweet chili sauce (or plum sauce)
1 teaspoon of habanero hot sauce (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for Eggless Mayo spread:
5 tablespoons of Greek yogurt spread (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of hot chili sauce (sambhal)
1/2 tablespoon of smoked liquid (totally optional)
2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce (or plum sauce)
1/2 teaspoon of habanero hot sauce (optional)

Ingredients for burger:
Cucumber slices
Tomato slices
Baby Spinach leaves
Onions slices
Whole wheat hamburger rolls

Method:
1. Marinate the tofu and Asian sauce mixture for atleast 2-3 hours.
2. Form burger patties and grill them in shallow frying pan (i used my panini grill). Add canola oil + butter and grill the patties on both sides.
3. Make eggless mayo for burgers and for dipping on the side
4. Assemble all the ingredients like a typical burger
5. Serve hot.

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