Since soy meat is considered a "mock meat," it lacks animal ingredients, which means its benefits include reduced fat and ample protein content. It's versatile as well, so it can be found in many varieties such as chicken, sausage and bacon. But one of the most popular and familiar varieties is the soy veggie burger. Simply made and good for you, homemade soy burgers are a tasty alternative to hamburgers for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

Soak soybeans in water in a covered container overnight.

Boil soybeans in a pot with vegetable stock or water for about 2 1/2 hours or until thoroughly cooked.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lightly grease a skillet and sauté garlic cloves, onions, carrots, celery and green pepper until soft, which will take about five minutes.

Using a spoon or similar utensil, mash the soybeans in a mixing bowl with brown rice.

Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly.

Form the mixture into patties using your hands.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil.

Bake patties in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then serve.

Tip

You can cook more soybeans than you need for your recipe, just freeze the extra portions for later use. Soy sauce makes an excellent substitute for tamari. The soy patties can also be made as instructed, then fried until crisp in a well-oiled skillet for about five minutes on each side.

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