Tofu Burger Recipe with Sweet Potatoes {Vegan} (2024)

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Tofu burger recipe made with sweet potatoes is theperfect healthy summer vegan lunch. Soft, and tender on the inside while lightlycrispy on the outside, andfull of flavor.Gluten-Free too. Only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes needed!

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Tofu burger yay or nay? I say yay and you will too as soon as you try this amazing sweet potato tofu burger recipe.

I once read somewhere that your taste buds change ever seven years of so. Have you heard of such a thing, or am I simply making this up? I don’t know how often this really comes about but I think there must be some truth to this.

A few years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead eating a sweet potato. There was just something about them; they were too sweet for me, just too much; they overwhelmed by senses.

And now?

Well now I can’t get enough of them. It was like flipping a switch. An invisible time flick and all of a sudden I was open to sweet potatoes. I don’t even understand what I had against them before. I’m simply obsessed with them now and want to add them to every recipe I make.

Now I need to catch up for all that lost time.

I get fixated on certain types of recipes. Sometimes it’s quinoa (like the time I became obsessed with my toasted quinoa with mushrooms and Asian flavors), or salads, but now it’s burgers – as in my vegan black bean burger recipe, superfood vegan chia seed burgeror my vegan crab cakes, which aren’t really burgers but I basically think of them as such.

I am just currently on a huge burger kick.

I had already tried sweet potatoes in a veggie burger in my vegan sweet potato squash burgersand since I loved those it was time for another sweet potato burger recipe. This time the additional ingredient would be tofu – a tofu burger.

Why this tofu burger is the best:

  • 100% vegan plant based recipe
  • Only 2 main key ingredients
  • Super firm burgers
  • You would never know there was tofu in these! And you’ll be amazing at how much flavor tofu can have!

Recipe Tips:

  • You must usesuper firm tofu for this recipe and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This is key to making these tofu veggie burgers super firm.
  • To get as much liquid as possible out of the tofu stack some heavy books or a cast iron pan on top of paper towel wrapped tofu blocks to help do the trick


  • Instead of sweet potatoes you could use butternut squash or pumpkin
  • If you are not vegan add an egg to the mix to make these more firm
  • To make these grain free instead of breadcrumbs you could use a grain free flour of choice like cassava, tiger nut, etc
  • Instead of garlic and rosemary you can add your favorite spices and herbs instead – think paprika, Italian seasoning, etc

Are these freezer friendly?

  • Absolutely! You can freeze the uncooked burgers and then bake them directly, or freeze the cooked burger patties themselves too.

Are these low carb?

  • Yes, as long as you serve these bunless style in lettuce wraps instead of on burger buns or bread. Use romaine, or iceberg in place of a regular burger bun to make this a lower calorie and lower carb recipe.

Sweet Potato Tofu Burger Key Ingredients:

  • Super firm tofu
  • Sweet potato
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary (optional – for a fall themed flavor profile)

How to make my tofu burger with sweet potatoes:

First and most importantly you will need to press all the liquid out of your tofu. This is the key component of a tofu burger recipe that is firm and holds together well. You will want to wrap the tofu in paper towels and stack something heavy on top – think a cast iron pan, a few cans, heavy plates, etc.

You want as much liquid out of that tofu as possible. Even when you buy extra or super firm tofu there is still plenty of liquid that needed to be pressed out of it.

While the tofu is being pressed peel, cut up and boil the sweet potato. The smaller the sweet potato is cut up, the faster it’ll boil! Rinse and sweet potato in cold water to cool it down. Drain.

Next, crumble the tofu in your hands or use a fork to break it up into a mashed mess. It will be quite firm so you’ll really have to mix it up in your hands to get it to resemble a crumb mixture. If this isn’t working well, use a box grater to grate the tofu instead. Add the sweet potatoes and mash them up with the tofu.

Mix in the remaining ingredients. Form into burger patties of desired size.

If the burger patties are not forming well, pop the mixture into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm up.

Once patties are formed, pan fry them in olive oil until browned on both sides.

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This vegan sweet potato tofu burger makes for a simple yet delicious vegan veggie burger. They’re soft and tender, just perfect wrapped up in some crispy romaine leaves and topped off with fresh avocados, vegan basil pesto, red onions and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Best of all they stay quite firm and hold up well after cooking ! No mushy veggie burgers here!

A perfect 30 minute meal. For more 30 minute meal ideas be sure to check out my recipe collection of 30 minute meals!

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Let me know what you think of my sweet potato tofu burger recipe in the comments below!

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Tofu Burger with Sweet Potato {GF, Vegan}

Prep Time

15 mins

Total Time

30 mins

7 ingredient 30 minute vegan sweet potato tofu burger recipe makes for a perfect meatless meal. Soft, tender inside and lightly crispy outside.

Course:Burgers, Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine:Healthy, Vegan

Servings: 2

Calories: 244 kcal

Author: Vicky Berman


  • 5ouncesfirm tofuwith the excess water squeezed out with a paper towel
  • 1medium sweet potatopeeled, cubed, cooked and mashed
  • 2clovesgarlicminced
  • 1teaspoonfresh rosemarychopped
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • pinchof red pepper flakes
  • 1tablespoonsesame seeds
  • 1/3cupgluten free breadcrumbsor more if needed
  • 1tablespoonolive oil
  • Top with your favorite burger toppingsI used avocado, red onions, sesame seeds, and vegan basil pesto


  1. Crumble tofu with your hands into a bowl. Add in the cooked sweet potato and with a fork mash them together. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the olive oil. Mix until combined.

  2. Form patties with your hands.

  3. Heat pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Cook patties for a few minutes on each side until browned. (Can bake these in the oven instead)

  4. Serve in burger buns or in lettuce wraps.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Adapted from Love and Lemons

Nutrition Facts

Tofu Burger with Sweet Potato {GF, Vegan}

Amount Per Serving

Calories 244Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 62mg3%

Potassium 375mg11%

Carbohydrates 28g9%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 9220IU184%

Vitamin C 2.5mg3%

Calcium 87mg9%

Iron 1.7mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tofu Burger Recipe with Sweet Potatoes {Vegan} (2024)


What makes vegan burgers stick together? ›

The binder holds the patties together and keeps them from falling apart as they cook, and can also add extra flavor to your burger. Common veggie burger binders include eggs, flax egg, wheat germ, breadcrumbs, oats, miso paste, or even water.

What binds a veggie burger together? ›

Common binding agents include flax eggs (a mixture of ground flaxseed and water), chia seeds, mashed potatoes, tapioca flour, or even your favorite nut butter. These ingredients help hold everything together and prevent your burger from crumbling.

What makes tofu stick together? ›

To Keep It Together, Think Dry and Firm

One of the most important steps in preparing tofu is drying out or firming up its exterior in some way to help it hold together. For pan-frying, draining it and then drying and pressing the exterior with paper towels works well.

What is a substitute for eggs in vegan burgers? ›

What option you choose should be based on what you are cooking.
  1. Applesauce- 1/4 cup applesauce= 1 egg. ...
  2. Fruit Puree- 1/4 cup fruit puree= 1 egg. ...
  3. Ground Flaxseeds or Chia Seeds- 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds or chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water= 1 egg. ...
  4. Silken Tofu- 1/4 cup pureed silken tofu= 1 egg.
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How do you bind burgers without eggs? ›

One of the most common substitutes is breadcrumbs, but sometimes the breadcrumbs can fall off when the burgers are cooking if there are too many or they are too dry. Other popular substitutions for eggs include cornstarch, flour, ketchup, porridge oats, cracker crumbs, and ground flaxseed.

How do you thicken vegan burgers? ›

Panko breadcrumbs: breadcrumbs help the burgers bind together and create a nice firm texture. You can use gluten free panko if needed! Regular or Italian-style is great. Flax: ground flaxseed is our egg substitute to help the patties stick together so they don't fall apart when you cook them.

What is the best binder for burgers? ›

The most common burger binding agent is egg. This makes your ground beef stick together and is the most readily available ingredient. You can also use potato starch as a burger binding agent depending on your allergies or general availability.

How do you add flavor to vegan burgers? ›

Tamari, balsamic vinegar, and mirin bring out the savory flavor of the mushrooms. Smoked paprika and sriracha make these burgers smoky and spicy. Finely chopped garlic and shallots add depth of flavor. Crushed walnuts give them a meaty bite.

What is the best vegan binder for veggie burgers? ›

Use Silken Tofu, a Flax Egg, or Aquafaba as a Vegan Binder.

It is nice and thick, firms up similarly to how an egg cooks, and it's almost impossible for anything to fall apart when using it. It does need to be blended with water first; not a big deal, just a little less convenient.

What is a good vegan binder? ›

Chia seeds

Similar to flax seeds, chia seeds can be mixed with water and left to thicken, creating what is commonly called a chia egg. The gel-like texture of a chia egg makes this a brilliant binder.

What is a vegan binder? ›

Flaxseed (aka linseed)

Ground flaxseed emulates eggs' binding qualities in breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, burgers, and vegan meatballs.

What not to mix with tofu? ›

What to not serve with tofu? According to studies, a high volume consumption of tofu and spinach together can increase your risk of kidney stones. Tofu and spinach contain calcium and oxalic acid respectively and the combined can form kidney stones.

What can I add to tofu to make it taste better? ›

Then season with turmeric, black pepper, garlic powder, black salt (for an “eggy” flavor, or use sea salt or Tamari instead), and add in your favorite cooked veggies. Add a little salad dressing, dijon, lemon juice, or whatever you'd typically make a marinade or sauce with.

What is the best sauce for tofu? ›

Blend mayonnaise with Sriracha sauce, lime juice, and a dash of garlic powder for a creamy and fiery sauce. A combination of toasted sesame oil, fresh ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar creates a zesty and aromatic sauce that adds depth of flavor to pan-fried tofu.

What can I put in my burgers so they don't fall apart? ›

Add 1 egg yolk per pound of hamburger. It won't add appreciably to the fat content and will bind the meat beautifully. The other thing you can do is add canned, drained, crushed black beans or chickpeas to the hamburger. The starch from the beans will bind the meat together and add an interesting taste.

How do you keep burgers from breaking apart? ›

Go easy on the shaping. When you're making your burgers, try not to manhandle them too much or else you'll end up breaking the meat into smaller pieces than you have to. We recommend simply shaping the beef into a vague burger shape with the least amount handling as possible.

What do you use to keep hamburger patties from falling apart? ›

Particularly when you're using lean meat, which doesn't have enough fat to keep a patty intact on its own, it's a good idea to incorporate a little quick-cooking oats and an egg into your recipe.

How do you keep burgers from crumbling? ›

Resist the urge to constantly flip the burgers while they cook. Flipping them too often can cause them to fall apart. Let the burgers cook for a few minutes on one side before flipping them once. This will help them develop a nice sear and hold together better.

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