The Best Tempeh Veggie Burger

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A delicious veggie burger that’s made with tempeh and holds together so well you can cook it on the grill! Added bonus, it’s packed with plant-based protein and it’s vegan + gluten-free! This post is sponsored by Lightlife.

Three tempeh veggie burgers stacked.

“This is my favorite tempeh dish you’ve ever made.” Bold statement courtesy of Mr. Isaac. But that’s how good this tempeh burger is!

I’m so glad I created these burgers just in time for grilling season. We honestly grill all year long, and by we, I mean Isaac. I don’t personally grill until it’s warm enough to stand outside for 15 minutes or longer. Right now is the prime time! The warm weather + longer days = a winning grill combination.

Tempeh burgers on the grill

I’m pretty picky when it comes to veggie burgers. A lot of them have crappy ingredients, are soft and mushy, and don’t have a lot of protein. This tempeh burger isn’t any of those things. First up, this is a veggie burger that is packed with plant-based protein which means it will actually fill you up! I try to eat protein with every meal and this burger makes it easy.

Another win: the flavor. The veggies, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar and spices… they all come together to make the tastiest vegetarian (and vegan!) veggie burger you’ve ever had.

Lastly, the texture! It isn’t mushy in the slightest and it holds up so well on the grill.

Tempeh burger mixture in the food processor

I’ll definitely be making these for barbecues and cookouts this summer with friends. Pair them with a tasty sweet potato saladbroccoli raisin salad, jicama fries or sweet potato fries and you’ve got yourself a full meal.

Tempeh burger spread laid out with toppings and tempeh package.

In terms of what brand and type of tempeh to buy, I always recommend Lightlife. It’s the best of the best! For these veggie burgers I really like the Garden Veggie variety, but any of the Lightlife tempeh will work! Learn more about tempeh and see some of my other favorite tempeh recipes.

Tempeh burger with avocado being picked up.

Pro tip: To make sure these burgers hold together well when grilling, let the mixture sit in the fridge for a couple hours before forming into patties. There’s nothing worse than a crumbling burger, am I right?

Tempeh veggie burger hero shot

Tempeh Veggie Burgers

4 from 16 votes
A delicious veggie burger that’s made with tempeh and holds together so well you can cook it on the grill! Added bonus, it’s packed with plant-based protein.
Stack of three tempeh burgers on buns.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz package Garden Veggie Lightlife tempeh
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons oat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • buns and toppings of your choice

Instructions
 

  • Cut block of tempeh into 4-6 pieces and place in a pot with water and a steamer basket. Steam for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat with ½ Tablespoon olive oil. Once oil is warm add the onion and carrots into the skillet and cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Let cool.
  • Put the cooked onion and carrot mixture into a food processor with the steamed tempeh, nutritional yeast, oat flour, flaxseed, balsamic vinegar, tamari, coconut sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and paprika.
  • Pulse until everything is chopped and combined — just don’t over-process the mixture because you want the burgers to have a little texture.
  • Transfer the tempeh mixture into a large bowl and let chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Once chilled, form mixture into 2-3 patties. Heat grill to medium heat. Spray grate with nonstick spray and add the patties. Cook each side until browned, about 6-7 minutes total.
  • Put the burgers on a bun and serve with condiments of your choice. I used spicy mustard, onions, lettuce and ketchup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger without toppings Calories: 243kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 19g Fat: 9g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 6g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American

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    41 comments
    1. Lary
      June 21, 2021 AT 2:22 pm

      5 stars
      YUM! We used Tru Tempeh’s split pea bricks- there were perfect with your recipe, Brittany! Delicious, flavorful light dinner. Impressed by how well they held together. Will be a weekly staple.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2021 AT 2:36 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Lary! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Katianne
      May 30, 2021 AT 3:56 pm

      5 stars
      So good! My husband and 3 year old loved them! Definitely repeating! But I expected nothing less. Have loved everything I have tried from this website. Trying both the beet and Lima bean hummus next!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2021 AT 2:06 am

        Yay!! So glad this recipe was a hit with your family Kaianne. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Elicia
      March 3, 2021 AT 9:30 pm

      5 stars
      I have had the tempeh In my fridge for some time now. I can across a burger recipe and could not remember where i saw it at. Googling brought me to yours.
      Very simple to make. My flax seed went rancid (my fault) so I subbed ground chia. I figure you use this for a binder and chia is interchangeable. I recently had to go gf and have yet found gf oats. So I subbed 1:1 for the oat flour.
      I was short on time so I popped them in the freezer for about 20 mins. I then formed them and pan grilled them.
      My kids gobbled them up and my oldest requested one for his lunch.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 3, 2021 AT 10:12 pm

        So glad you and your kids enjoyed this recipe, Elicia!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Kimberley
      February 5, 2021 AT 4:18 am

      5 stars
      After making this recipe over 20 times I thought I best write a review. This burger is absolutely delicious. It’s a great way to have tempeh and is just so flavourful with lots of great ingredients. Really thank you for providing this recipe. We love to have with a garden salad and spiced roast potatoes. Mmm I’m hungry again! Thanks from the UK

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 5, 2021 AT 2:14 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you love this recipe, Kimberley. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Christina
      September 7, 2020 AT 7:09 pm

      5 stars
      Made these for our Labor Day cookout today and they were amazing!!! Love having a veggie burger option that is homemade, clean, and delicious.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2020 AT 12:52 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Christina! So glad these burgers were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

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