Marlene’s V.I.P. Burger

Prep Time: 20M
Cooking Time: 30M
Serves: 2

(Very Important Protein) Burger

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  1. The Meaty Part:
  2. 1 jar seitan
  3. 1 pack tempeh
  4. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  5. 2 tbsp shoyu or tamari sauce
  6. 1 cup water
  7. Sauté the vegetables:
  8. 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  9. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  10. 2 celery stalks finely diced
  11. 2 carrots, finely diced
  12. 2 shallots, finely diced
  13. 10 fresh shitake mushrooms
  14. ½ tsp herbs de Provence
  15. ¼ tsp each, ginger powder, turmeric, paprika
  16. 1 tbsp mirin
  17. 1 tbsp shoyu or tamari sauce
  18. 4 tbsp rice flower
  19. 4 tbsp strong wheat flour
  20. 2 tbsp organic sunflower oil for frying

(Very Important Protein) Burger


  • Mince the seitan chunks by using a small hand grinder and transfer to a bowl.
  • Crumble the tempeh in your fingers and add to the seitan.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the ground seitan and crumbled tempeh.
  • Stir well to coat in oil and then add the shoyu sauce and water stir and then cover.
  • Simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Return the ingredients to the mixing bowl.
  • Warm the wok or pan and add the oil.
  • Stir in the garlic, celery, carrots, shallots, mushrooms, herbs and seasonings. Mix to coat all the contents in oil.
  • Add the mirin and shoyu and pop the lid on the pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Place this mixture into the seitan/tempeh bowl and mix well. Sprinkle the flour on top and using a spatula blend and fold until you achieve a solid consistency.
  • I then prefer to chill the mixture for one hour or more in the fridge to allow the mixture to stiffen.
  • To make the burgers simply take one heaped tablespoon of mixture and roll in your hands, squeezing and then flatten into a burger shape.
  • Warm the sunflower oil in a deep based pan and add the burgers, fry on each side for 5 minutes until crisp and golden.

Delicious served on toasted sourdough. Spread vegan mayonnaise on the bread; add a hefty layer of rocket or other salad greens (pre-dressed) in your favourite salad dressing.  Pop on a burger and top with some homemade pickles or relish, sliced tomatoes or whatever your heart desires.



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