1 pound / 16 oz / 450 g extra-firm tofuPlace the mushrooms and nuts into a food processor and pulse until they start to look finely chopped. Add in the remaining ingredients except 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and the olive oil and process until a smooth paste forms. Scrape down the sides of the food processor once or twice if needed. If it seems a bit thin to you, add the remaining bread crumbs a small handful at a time until everything comes together. This should resemble a thick and pasty mixture, so the burgers retain their shape when formed.
2 large eggs
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews, whatever you like)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (preferably unsalted)
1/2 cup mushrooms (slice finely and whir first in your processor)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon garlic powder (or dehydrated garlic or onion)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (do not use table salt here, kosher or sea is best)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and use your hands to press and form into round but flat-ish patties. (It helps to lightly oil your hands.) I usually freeze half of them for future use.
Pour the olive oil into your largest skillet over medium-high heat, and arrange as many patties as you can without crowding. Cover, and cook turning once, until deeply browned on both sides. Roughly ten minutes. You want to make sure the middle of the patties cook through. If your pan is too hot you'll burn the outsides before the middle cooks up, so be mindful of that. The cooked texture should be firm when you press in the middle of the patty, similar to the fleshy pad near the thumb of your hand. Don't worry if they crack a bit, that's fairly normal.
Dress these as you would any burger. I always love cheese and really sour pickles with them. Remember that if you use a more flavorful nut, like walnut or pecan, they will taste strongly of that. You can mix types, I find cashew and walnut or almond work well together. Also - the cayenne can be replaced by anything if you don't like a little mild heat. You will truly barely notice the heat if you do use it. I have tried dried basil, half the amount of thyme, and a mixture of whatever I had on hand and it always works.
Enjoy! And let me know how you flavor your burgers!!