Vegan Italian-Style Burger Recipe Using TVP (Easy!)

Watch video above to see how I made the burgers and see below for the written recipe!

I sometimes (albeit, rarely) get these moments when I feel a strong urge to make something. This was one of those moments. I had no plans on making a burger OR filming a video, for that matter. But I woke up one morning last week and just felt a strong desire to make a burger. I just really wanted one. And I could visualize it! I visualized a vegan Italian-style burger made with TVP (textured vegetable protein – kind of like the “ground beef” of vegan stuff). So of course, I just had to do it. I went to the store, got some stuff and despite my busy schedule, I whipped these bad boys up.

Of course, I filmed it for you guys so you could also join me in this burger making journey. This was my first take – as usual, I didn’t really test out the recipe before I made it. It worked out (other than a little burning…).

Watch the video above for the recipe and see below for the written ingredients and instructions.


Vegan Italian Style TVP Burger Patties Recipe

Ingredients (about 2-4 patties):

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  • 3/4 cup + 1tbsp pasta sauce/tomato sauce
  • 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1/2 tsp each of spices: dried basil, oregano, onion, garlic salt, smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (if you don’t have oat flour, grind up oats to make oat flour)
  • 3 tbsp sweet potato puree
  • 2 tbsp flour


  1. Add pasta sauce in a sauce pan on medium heat, along with TVP, spices, 1/4 cup water.
  2. Bring to a soft boil and turn stir well, turn heat off. cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in oat flour, flour, sweet potato puree and mix well.
  4. Cook on medium heat on each side for 5 minutes.


If you’d like to make a delicious tofu cheese to go with it, check out my recipe here:

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