Japanese Tofu Hamburger gives you the extra protein you want in your food. You won't believe how good these are!
In Japan, we call hamburger patties, “hamburgu”, so I call this recipe is tofu hamburg and not hamburgers like in English. A big problem that can happen when making hamburgers (or rissoles) are that they can be very dry, hard, and crumbly.
So to make sure the hamburgers I make are always soft and juicy (and delicious), I put a little Japanese twist on them by adding tofu. This is a popular technique in Japan because the tofu adds softness and moisture to the meat, making it juicier and less dry.
It also doesn't compromise the flavor of the meat but actually makes it taste even better (in my opinion). And adding the tofu is a great way to increase the amount of protein in your meal, which is great for me since I'm trying to lose weight and build muscle. Tofu is also an excellent source of iron and calcium, and is gluten and cholesterol free.
The panko (bread crumbs) act as a great absorbent for the excess water inside the tofu, however if you are making these hamburgers without the panko for any dietary reasons then it is important that you remove the excess water from the tofu before you add it to the meat and start mixing the hamburgers.
To do this all you need to do is wrap the tofu in a paper towel, place it on a plate and place another plate (or anything heavy) on top of the tofu and leave for 10-15 minutes.
This is one of my favourite dishes to make for dinner because it’s easy, healthy, and delicious. And it tastes even better with the tomato sauce recipe in this post and some white rice. Sometimes I eat these hamburgers without rice and just some veggies to be a bit healthier, but it tastes so good with rice that sometimes I can’t resist.
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
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