These meatless hamburger steaks are really amazing. The texture is EXACTLY like what I remember hamburger being like, and Mr Thrifty concurs. The taste is most delicious, though the flavour could be tweaked to make it more meat-like if you so desire.
The hamburger steaks are a combination of TVP, gluten, minced veggies and seasonings. They’re formed into steaks and steamed, then pan-fried. They hold together very well, and would probably work great on the barbecue.
A thinner version of these would make fab burgers as well.
A note on ingredients: Marmite lends a rich, salty taste. If you don’t have it, try adding some veggie “beef” bouillon powder instead. The gravy browning is optional, but adds a nice dark colour.
Vegan hamburger steaks
|100ml||water||1/2 cup less 1 tablespoon|
|50g||textured vegetable protein (TVP)||5/8 cup|
|1/2 teaspoon||Marmite||1/2 teaspoon|
|10 drops||gravy browning (optional)||10 drops|
|75g||finely chopped onion||2/3 cup|
|60g||finely chopped mushrooms||3/4 cup|
|50g||finely chopped red pepper||1/4 cup|
|3 tablespoons||olive oil||3 tablespoons|
|3 tablespoons||soy sauce||3 tablespoons|
|2 tablespoons||tomato puree (tomato paste)||2 tablespoons|
|2 tablespoons||steak sauce or barbecue sauce||2 tablespoons|
|1/2 teaspoon||vegan Worcestershire sauce||1/2 teaspoon|
|30g||uncooked porridge oats
|1-1/2 tablespoons||nutritional yeast||1-1/2 tablespoons|
|130g||vital wheat gluten flour||1 cup|
1. Bring 100ml (1/2 cup less 1 tablespoon) water, Marmite and gravy browning to a boil in a small pot. Stir in TVP, off heat, cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a heavy skillet and saute the onion, mushrooms and red pepper for 10 minutes, until softened.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine TVP with cooked vegetables. Add soy sauce, tomato puree (tomato paste), steak sauce or barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce and 50ml (3-1/2 tablespoons) water. Mix well, then stir in ground oats and nutritional yeast.
4. Sieve the gluten flour over the wet mixture and combine well.
5. Divide mixture into four portions and shape into oval steaks. Wrap each steak in baking paper, then in aluminium foil.
6. Bring water to boil in a pot that has a steamer insert. Steam steaks for 40 minutes over gently simmering water, switching positions halfway through (bottom steaks on top and top ones on bottom). Check water level regularly to ensure the pot does not boil dry and add boiling water as necessary.
7. When steaks have finished steaming, let cool. Unwrap and saute until lightly brown.
Makes four hamburger steaks.