Sunday, February 28, 2016

Marinated Tempeh Burgers

Once again, I apologize for how long it has been between posts.  My iMac decided that the version of Safari I was using was not going to play nicely with Blogger anymore. I've now upgraded and can once again post from home.

We have a tendency to make this recipe more frequently in the summer, but it is tasty any time of year. I have made it for company as well and it seems to be a hit.

If you want to make a gluten free version, make sure to use gluten free tempeh, tamari, and bread.  

While the pictures you see are using a torta bun, they are also good when using a toasted English Muffin instead and that keeps the calorie count down.


1 - 8oz pkg Tempeh ( I use Trader Joe's brand Organic - the rectangle shape is easier than square)
2 tsps Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple Juice or Apple Cider
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce or Tamari
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
*** a few slices of Daiya or Chao vegan cheese and other burger fixings such as lettuce, avocado, or pickles


1.  In a small bowl whisk together the apple cider vinegar, apple juice, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and olive oil.  Set aside.

2.  There are two ways to make the tempeh burgers.  You can cut the rectangle of tempeh into two thick square halves and marinate them that way, or you can then take those halves and slice them horizontally and make a total of 4 thinner "patties".  Both are good, but the marinade will be absorbed into the patties better when thinner.  A sharp knife is needed to make 4 thin ones.

3.  Either place the tempeh and marinade together in a Ziploc style bag or place into a shallow pan where the marinade will coat the tempeh and you can turn them every so often to make sure they are marinated evenly.  Putting them in a Ziploc is easiest.

4.  Place in the refrigerator and let set for at least 1 hour minimum.  Turn over at 30 minutes.  They are best if you put them in to marinate that morning or even the night before. The longer they marinate the tastier they'll be. 

5.  To cook them, you can either grill them on your BBQ or bake them.  I usually bake them as I like to roast potatoes or asparagus as a side dish to go with them and can bake them for the same length of time.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray and bake in a 425˚F oven for 12 minutes each side.  Make sure you baste on some extra marinade when turning. 

6.  Just before they are done top with cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted.  Remove from oven and build your burger.  We like to stack two of the thin tempeh patties to make a double burger.

(Tempeh burger with Ciao cheese, pickles, lettuce, and spicy avocado hummus)
- Bon Appetit

" You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars." - Charles Kuralt