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Close up of tofu patties in a tofu burger topped with lettuce, tomatoes on a bun.

Chipotle Lime Tofu Burgers

  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 large patties 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These Chipotle Lime Tofu Burgers are packed with protein and meal prep friendly. Full of flavor and designed with the perfect texture in mind.


  • 1 tbsp avocado oil plus more as needed
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 block Nasoya’s Super Firm High Protein Tofu, finely crumbled
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 vegan “beef” or vegetable bouillon cube, crumbled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tajin or chili lime seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Whole Grain Burger Buns

Grilled Corn

  • 4 ears of corn, husks removed
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp tajin


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Place a heavy bottom skillet with oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the onions and a pinch of salt and saute until softened. Stir in the crumbled tofu then spread the mixture out to cover the bottom of the pan. Allow the tofu to cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes then toss and cook for 3-4 more minutes until the tofu starts to get more golden in color.
  2. To the pan, add the soy sauce, bouillon cube, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Tajin, coriander, and allspice. Stir the mixture well, sauteing until the tofu is well coated. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Once safe to handle, transfer the tofu to a mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs, flour, nutritional yeast, lime zest and juice. Stir to combine then use your hands to knead the mixture until it starts to hold together.
  4. With lightly oiled hands, grab a 1/2 cup scoop of the mixture and tightly mold it into 4 equal sized 1/2 inch thick patties to fit the width of your favorite burger buns. Place the patties on a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Combine the adobo sauce, maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of tajin in a small bowl. Use it to carefully brush the top of the burgers. Flip then baste the burger again and return the tray to bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the burgers to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving in a bun with all the fixings.
  6. To cook the corn, place the corn cobs in a heavy bottom skillet or a grill pan over medium high heat. Cook the corn for 10 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes until charred to your liking. Combine the garlic, lime juice, Tajin and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. While the corn is still hot, brush the mixture over your corn then enjoy.


Make a large batch. Feel free to double the recipe and freeze leftovers for later. A great option to have on hand when you need a quick dinner.

If you can’t find super firm tofu, use extra firm tofu. Just make sure to press excess water out of your extra firm tofu for an hour or more before making this recipe. Alternatively, you can also place the tofu in cheesecloth and squeeze the water out manually with your hands.

Serve with your favorite condiments! Load up your burger with anything you like. Add veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles then serve with your favorite sauces like ketchup or vegan mayo.

Keywords: tofu burgers