Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe is featured in the book "Diet For A Small Planet".

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 30 ounces tofu
  • 13 cup grated carrot
  • 14 cup minced leek, , scallions,or onions
  • 2 tablespoons ground roasted sesame seeds or 2 tablespoons ground roasted peanuts
  • oil (for frying)


  1. Cut tofu into thin slices and arrange between two layers of dishtowel.
  2. Let stand for 15 minutes, then put firm pieces in the middle of a dry dishtowel, gather the corners, twist to form a sack, and squeeze tofu firmly to drain off as much moisture as possible.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine tofu with carrot, leeks, and sesame seeds.
  4. Knead, as if kneading bread, for about 3 minutes.
  5. When dough is smooth and holds together well, moisten palms with oil and shape dough into patties, 3 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
  6. Pour oil into a wok (to a depth of 1 1/2 inches) or skillet (to a depth of 1/4 to 12 inch).
  7. Heat oil to 375 degrees F.
  8. Fry burgers until crisp and nicely browned, about 4minutes on one side, 3 minutes on the other.
  9. Drain and serve hot.
Most Helpful

I've made three tofu burgers many times for the last 20 years. What was left out was the soy sauce that you add to the burgers once they are done. I can't find my original Diet From A Small Planet book, but I've sent away for the 20th Anniversary copy and I'll update this recipe once I receive rhe book.

daniellericks January 28, 2016

I followed the directions exactly and found these bland and mushy. I ended up adding quinoa flour, wheat germ, hot sauce and other spices to give it a bit of bulk and flavor. Even then, it was so-so and having to fry the burgers (and you do) was off-putting. I appreciate the post but think better cooks than I could probably do a better revision.

LilyHunt May 01, 2010