Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

I tried to recreate the veggie burgers that McMaster University's Bridges Cafe serves, and I think I've pretty much got it with this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Stir TVP into boiling water in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add ketchup, Worcestershire, soy (appx. 2 tsp), salt, herbs and spices.
  3. Let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Heat carrots, celery, onion, garlic and basic in a little oil in a skillet, until JUST softened.
  5. Mix veggies into TVP mixture, slowly adding flour until the mixture holds its own shape (like a mix between dough and ground beef).
  6. Shape into 6 patties (1/2 inch think or so).
  7. Cook in frying pan in a bit of oil until both sides are hardened up and darkened.
  8. I've tried adding chili powder to the oil in the pan before cooking the patties, and it adds nice flavour.
  9. Also, when shaping the final mixture, it really helps to wet your hands with a bit of water to prevent it sticking.
Most Helpful

I have tried many recipes for homemade meatless burgers.....I hate paying the high prices in the stores, and I like knowing exactly what is in my food. These were the absolute BEST so far!!! I added a few chopped mushrooms with the vegetables and left out the carrot because I didn't have any. I also added a few drops of liquid smoke just for a bit more flavor. These were a HUGE success!!!! Even my kids, who spurn anything vegetarian, really liked them!!! :) It doesn't get much better than that!! :)

Mothergoose May 31, 2011

I'm pretty picky when it comes to veggie burgers (mock meats in general) I really liked these! I've made other tvp burgers that weren't near this good. The texture is better and they stayed together! I like this spice combo, but I think it would be better with mushrooms and caramelized onions, or even gravy! Next time I use this for "hamburgers" I'll change up the spice mixture a bit ( possabilities are endless, but keep the onion/celery!). These would also be great "chicken" patties with the right seasonings (vegan chicken bullion perhaps?) That being said I did make a few changes (it's in my nature) I threw in a couple TBSPs of wheat gluten (which gave a little more "bite"), a hand full of shredded cheese, little extra ketchup, some spicy mustard and black pepper! Thanks Stuyoung!

Nikoma August 16, 2010

Yes, this really works! I served the burgers up for my family, and they all said how much they enjoyed them, and that I must make them again. They have a great texture and taste. I substituted some tomato puree and a teaspoon of honey instead of the ketchup. because i don't eat much stuff with sugar in it, and also put in a teaspoon of cumin and a bit of chilli powder. i also found that it needed just a touch more flour than stated in the recipe.

doughnutgirl November 29, 2008