Soy Sausage and Pepper Burgers

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

Welcome to Claire's

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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Enjoy these flavorful burgers for a delicious and healthful alternative to the higher fat pork sausages and you’ll get the heart-healthful benefits of eating soy protein.


  • 1 1-inch slice Italian bread or other, fresh or day-old
  • ½ small onion, finely diced, about ¼ cup
  • 2 small bell peppers (1 red and 1 green), seeded, and finely diced (about 1 cup total)
  • 1 12- or 14-ounce container ground soy sausage or soy beef (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional oil for coating the grill if using
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg or cholesterol-free egg substitute
  • 4 hamburger rolls


  1. Set the bread in a bowl. Cover with hot water. Set aside for a minute or two, or until the bread absorbs some of the water and softens. Drain the water and, using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. You should have about a quarter of a cup of soft and wet bread. Turn into a bowl large enough to mix the remaining ingredients.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except the egg. Using your hands, break up the soy sausage, and mix to combine the ingredients. Taste for seasonings. Add the egg, and, using your hands, mix well to combine.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Spray a nonstick skillet with olive oil cooking spray and heat over low-medium heat. Arrange the burgers in the heated skillet, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes until medium brown. Turn, cover, and cook the other side for 7-10 minutes until medium brown.