It has been 5 years since I began cooking vegan food and this is the first time I have ever used TVP. I had a bag of it sitting on the shelf but for some reason, I never tried it. So the other day I opened the bag and created one of the best burgers EVER!
TVP is a defatted soy flour product that you rehydrate with boiling water. It comes in granules or chunks and can be prepared to taste like beef or chicken. If you have ever had vegan “chicken” or “beef” at a Chinese restaurant, you have probably had TVP. It’s also an ingredient in many store-bought vegan products.
I know TVP or texturized vegetable protein can be a controversial ingredient since it is highly processed. However, many people love it because it really lends a “meatiness” to dishes, it’s inexpensive, easy to use and it’s gluten-free. If the way the TVP is processed is an issue, there is also TSP, texturized soy protein, which is supposedly processed in a healthier way.
Anyway, I had the bag of TVP and wanted to try it out. The burgers I made were the closest thing I’ve tasted to actual beef burgers. They were reminiscent of the burgers I used to get at diners or better fast-food places. I even had a serious meat-eater try them and he loved them!
If you, like me, loved the taste of meat and want a burger that tastes like the ones you used to eat, this is the burger for you. I love burgers made with beets, beans or eggplant, but sometimes I want to satisfy a craving for a favorite familiar food. This is the compassionate way to do that.
These are called Trudy’s “Beefy” Burgers because Trudy, The “V” Word spokescow, wholeheartedly approves of them.
No cows were harmed in the making of these burgers and that’s all that matters to me…and to Trudy. Enjoy!
Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers until browned, about 6 minutes per side. You may want to flip them carefully several times to ensure that the inside cooks while the outside doesn’t burn. You do, however, want the outside to char a bit and form a nice crust. If your skillet is small, cook 2 burgers at a time so there is room in the pan. Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.
The “V” Word: Say it. Eat it. Live it.