Sunday, June 10, 2012

Vegetarian BBQ Tempeh Cheeseburgers

Whether you're a vegetarian, trying to eat a little less meat, or just struggle to feed vegetarian friends at summer BBQs - this is a recipe to bookmark.  With BBQ sauce, sweet caramelized onions, sharp melted cheddar, microgreens and of course avocados this meal is hearty enough even for the manliest meat lovers. 
And I have to be honest... brushing a piece of Trader Joe's tempeh with BBQ sauce is much easier than getting my hands all yucky forming turkey or beef patties. Tempeh is sold next to the tofu and other soy products. We have been spending long days at the beach and returning home sandy and tired, so quick and easy has been key lately. 
Caramelized onions make everything sweeter. 
Miss B agrees. 

Vegetarian BBQ Tempeh Cheeseburgers
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Serves 4-6

1 pound tempeh, cut into square patties
1/3 cup BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
1 yellow onion, peeled, halved, and sliced 
4 crusty rolls, halved
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 cup microgreens

Place tempeh patties into a shallow dish and cover with BBQ sauce, turning to coat. Set aside.

Coat a saute pan over medium heat with olive oil. Add sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally until caramelized, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Coat grill with cooking spray and heat to medium high. Alternatively, heat oven to 400 degrees. Remove tempeh from dish and place on grill or bake right in the dish. Grill until dark grill marks appear, turning once, about 10 minutes total. If baking, bake for 20 minutes, turning once.
Place rolls on grill with bottom half placed cut side down, and top half cut side up. Immediately place cheese on top half of rolls. Close grill and toast rolls until cheese has melted. Remove from heat.

Assemble burgers by placing sliced avocado on bottom half of roll. Place tempeh on top of avocado. Top tempeh with microgreens, caramelized onions, and top half of roll.

Serve with more BBQ sauce, if desired.

More Veggie Burger Inspiration:
101 Cookbooks: Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe
Cooking Light: 10 Best Veggie Burger Recipes 
Green Kitchen Stories: Portobello and Peach Burger
In Jennie's Kitchen: Lentil Burgers
The Kitchen: Best-Ever Beet and Bean Burgers



  1. I have never tried Tempeh before. I am going to have to look into it. Beautiful pictures!

  2. Your pictures are getting more and more beautiful Marina

  3. I like the sound of this! My next bbq experience will be these!

  4. forget the veggie burger. I'll borrow those four adorable little girls! so sweet!

  5. I've never tried Tempuh but your pictures have me sold. The true test will be my husband :)

  6. Sounds fantastic. Sometimes I'll opt for a veggie type sandwich and after eating so many meat/heavy sandwiches the veggie one seems super fresh and light...I'll need to check out TJ's tempeh :)

  7. Ok I think you've convinced me to try tempeh. I actually bought it once and it sat in my oven for months. I think the toppings just bring it all together :)
    Mary x

  8. These cheeseburgers look so tasty! Have to try them this Summer.
    This reminds me of when I was little and my grandmother used to make a stew with cubes of soy, noodles, peas and carrots and it was delicious!

  9. MMM, this is such a great alternative for a burger. Very creative.

  10. LOVE what you did with these burgers!! This post screams summer fun, health and great taste! Caramelized onions are a favorite here too :)

  11. Tempeh burgers are amazing! These look great.

  12. Those look delicious! I've never tried tempeh, but I may have to after seeing these!

  13. made these tonight but w/o the cheese. OMG soooo delish even my 3 y/o loved it!!!!!! thank you!!


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