BBQ tempeh is simple to prep, nutritious, flavorful and a great plant-based protein alternative to cook on grill or stove top and as part of any meal.

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh is a soy-product that originates from Indonesia and Southeast Asian cuisine. It is made by binding whole soaked and partially cooked soybeans, sometimes along with whole grains, together into a dense bar through culturing and fermentation with Rhizopus oligosporus, a fungus starter. The whole bean form and fermentation process gives tempeh a firm compact texture, earthy taste and higher amounts of protein, fiber and other nutrients and can be easier to digest due compared to tofu. Tempeh can be found in supermarkets or even at farmer’s markets. Gainesville, FL for example has local businesses like The Tempeh Shop and Arto Moro Tempeh that make tempeh in town using soybeans and other materials grown in the United States. They offer tempeh varieties other than soy-based, including yellow split pea and black eyed pea.

How to Prep and Use Tempeh

Steaming or boiling tempeh prior to cooking it can help to further neutralize the earthy taste and possibly improve nutrient absorption . This also softens it to allow more flavor from whatever you season or marinate it with to soak through the surface. Dry spice mixes or sauces are a great option. I particularly like to use BBQ sauce when wanting that flavor in a plant-based alternative like these BBQ tempeh burgers. After the optional steaming or boiling, they can be pan cooked, baked or grilled just until browned and heated through. Tempeh can also be sliced, chopped or crumbled up and added into stir fries, salads and many other dishes in place of meat.

Print

BBQ Tempeh Burgers

BBQ tempeh is simple to prep, nutritious, flavorful and a great plant-based protein alternative to cook on grill or stove top and as part of any meal.

  • Author: Cedric Torres
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 burgers 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 8oz block organic soy tempeh
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 hamburger buns

Instructions

Prep

  1. Cut the tempeh block in half. Fill a large pot with water, place a colander on top, place cut tempeh into the colander, cover with lid, place pot on stove top and turn on heat to high to steam for 10 minutes.
  2. Then remove the tempeh, dump out the water and proceed with next cooking steps.

 

Stove Top

  1. Add the BBQ sauce to a pot or pan, bring to a simmer, add the tempeh and cook the tempeh in the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes, turning it over half way through and moving it around in the sauce to keep it evenly coated.

Grill

  1. Coat the tempeh evenly in the BBQ sauce and place on grill or preferably let marinate for some time to soak up the flavor prior to placing on the grill to cook just until browned on both sides.

%d bloggers like this: