Open-Faced TVP Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Oil


I’ve been intrigued for some time now with TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) and so I bought some from the bulk section of my natural grocer’s. I pretty much winged it and found that the process of making a veggie burger is quite simple—not much of a mystery. I ended up with some delicious burgers that tasted fresh, flavorful and, home cooked. They have a meatloaf quality to them, so the Husband went with just ketchup on his. I went all out with spinach, a vegan cheese slice, tomato, avocado, and drizzled with vegan ranch dressing. I made 6 large patties, but feel free to halve the recipe, or even freeze the extra ones. And don't forget . . . TVP contains the same amount of protein as meat and has no fat!

Open-Faced TVP Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Oil

Open-Faced TVP Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Oil

Open-Faced TVP Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Oil

Ingredients

BURGERS:

2 C TVP

2 C vegetable broth

3/4 C quick oats

1/2 C flour

1/2 C nutritional yeast

1 Tbs wheat germ

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp Ancho chili powder

1 tsp salt

2 Tbs ketchup

6 tsp egg replacer powder + 8 Tbs water

1/2 C onion, chopped fine

1/2 C green bell pepper, chopped fine

Other: “burger” fixings: tomato, avocado, lettuce/spinach, vegan ranch, cheese, etc.

SWEET POTATO FRIES:

1-2 medium sweet potato or yams. sliced into fries

Olive oil

Truffle oil

Celtic Sea Salt

Directions

For the burgers, boil the vegetable broth in a medium saucepan. Stir in the TVP, cover, and remove from the heat for 5 minutes

Whisk together the egg replacer powder and water; set aside. Combine all the dry ingredients, onion, and bell pepper  in a large mixing bowl. Add the TVP, ketchup, and egg-replacer to the dry ingredients and combine well.

Shape into patties and place on a baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. Chill covered with plastic wrap for 30-90 minutes. I’d say the longer the better, to give some time to firm up. They won’t cook down much at all, so consider thickness as you make the patties.

This would be a good time to make the fries . . .see below.
Once the patties are ready, spray a flat skillet or pan with some cooking spray. You can also grill these over medium heat, but I didn’t want to mess with the grill.  About 5-7 minutes per side over medium heat.

Serve open-faced or on a bun with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
For the fries, combine them in a large bowl, drizzle with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1-2 teaspoons of truffle oil, and sprinkle generously with the sea salt. Layer onto a baking sheet lined with foil.

Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Check often, as they may need more or less time.