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Video:How to Make Okara Veggie Burgers

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Veggie burgers from the package are easy, but have you ever tried making them from scratch? These okara burgers are completely vegan, high in fiber, and delicious, too.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Okara Veggie Burgers

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. Veggie burgers have come a long way, thanks to the folks that have experimented around with no meat, no dairy recipes in recent years. They're easy to find in just about any freezer section of your local grocery, but have you ever thought of just making your own? Take a look at this amazing recipe, and your veggie burgers will forever be fresh and delicious. Check it out.

Veggie Burger Ingredients

For this recipe you'll need:
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • about 1/2 cup of minced green onion
  • 1/2 cup of minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup of minced carrot
  • about 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • a pinch of cayenne, a pinch of turmeric
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups of okara
  • about 1/2 cup of flaxmeal, amaranth, or rice flour
  • about 1 cup of stale non-dairy bread crumbs

Veggie Burgers With Okara

Got it. Now what's okara again? Known by insiders as "the honorable pulp," it is the mealy mass that's left after making soy milk - which you can do on your own as well, with some soybeans and a blender. It actually pretty fun, but the best part, is that you've now got the stuff that will make the most nutritious burgers around, with nearly twice the fiber as the ones you'll find in stores.

Prep the Veggie Burger Ingredients

Start by mixing together your minced vegetables in a large frying pan, and saute them over medium heat with your olive oil until tender. Next, add in your spices and the okara, and mix thoroughly. Slowly add in your flax or amaranth - you may not even need the entire half cup - and cook the mixture for another couple minutes until relatively firm. Remove your mixture from the heat and allow it too cool for a minute or two. Feel free to be a little creative here with your veggies and spices - there's an infinite number of possibilities, and it's up to your palate to decide which way to go.

Cook the Veggie Burgers

Next, preheat your oven to 350 and form your mixture into patties. Coat the outsides with your bread crumbs, and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, then bake for 10 minutes. Carefully flip each burger and cook for another ten, remove from the oven and cool. This recipe makes about eight good sized burgers. And if the weather's nice and you've got the urge to grill out, definitely go for it. Any burgers you don't end up eating can be frozen and re-grilled later. Just remember to use your okara within a day or two of extracting it from the soybeans, or freeze it, or toast it, or make it into bread. I'm telling you - there's a whole soy world out there.

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