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Tempeh-Mushroom Burgers

The secret ingredient in these patties from VT executive chef Ann Gentry is grated beet, which keeps them juicy and makes them look like “real” burgers.



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4 Tbs. light miso paste
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2 8-oz. pkgs. tempeh, grated
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3 Tbs. canola oil, divided
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½ cup gluten flour or vital wheat gluten
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2 Tbs. guar gum
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1 portobello mushroom, stemmed and grated (about ¾ cup)
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1 small beet, grated (about ¾ cup)
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1 small onion, grated (about ½ cup)
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1 small carrot, grated (about ½ cup)
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½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
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½ medium green bell pepper, finely chopped (about ⅓ cup)
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½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped (about ⅓ cup)
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2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Dilute miso in 1/4 cup water in bowl. Stir in tempeh and 11/2 Tbs. oil. Stir in flour and guar gum.
  3. Mound tempeh mixture on prepared baking sheet. Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Heat remaining 1 1/2  Tbs. oil in skillet over medium heat. Add mushroom, beet, onion, carrot, corn, bell peppers and garlic. Sauté 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Pulse vegetables and tempeh mixture in food processor 6 or 7 times or until just blended (do not overblend).
  6. Shape tempeh mixture into 8 patties. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 4 hours, or overnight, to blend flavors.
  7. Preheat grill to medium. Brush burgers and grill rack with oil. Grill 8 to 10 minutes per side.

Nutrition Information: 

20 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
1.5 g
14 g
0 mg
259 mg
6 g
3 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

I found two Tbsp guar made these gummy and my wife said gross. Maybe two teaspoons meant?

4 Tbs. light miso paste 2 8-oz. pkgs. tempeh, grated what is miso and tempeh

Technically Miso is fermented rice, barley and/or soybeans you can get that usually at either a whole food store or Asian specialized store. Tempeh is a fermented food made by the controlled fermentation of cooked soybeans with a Rhizopus mold

good veg burger recipe

Can you freeze the uncooked or cooked burgers?

where can i find guar gum?

My daughter really liked these. I found them okay. I would make them again. Guar gum can be found at a health found store or any place that you get supplies for gluten-free baking.

These didn't stay together very well so they were more like sloppy joe's but I still really enjoyed them. I topped with onion, swiss cheese, and red pepper slices & dill spread.

Making a delicious veggie burger by no means needs to be this much work!