Japanese Tofu Hamburger Recipe

Shihoko Ura | Chopstick Chronicles Updated

Japanese Tofu Hamburger gives you the extra protein you want in your food. You won't believe how good these are!

Japanese Tofu Hamburger Photo

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.

Japanese Tofu Hamburger Picture

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.

Japanese Tofu Hamburger Image

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.

Japanese Tofu Hamburger Pic

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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Japanese Tofu Hamburger Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 10 ounces Silken Tofu
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 10 ounces Ground Pork, or a mix of ground pork and veal
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
For the Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Sake
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin
  • 2 tablespoons Butter


  1. Place the tofu in a bowl and whisk it to break it apart and make it into a paste.
  2. Add the panko to the bowl and mix with the tofu.
  3. Finely chop the onion and add it to the tofu and panko mixture.
  4. Add the mince, an egg and all spices to the mixture and mix it well.
  5. Roll the mixture into 8 even-sized patties and fry them in a frying pan on medium to high heat.
  6. While the patties are frying, mix together all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  7. Once the patties are fully cooked remove them from the pan and set them aside on a plate then cook the sauce in the pan.
  8. Bring the sauce to boil then turn the heat off.
  9. Serve the hamburgs with whatever vegetables or sides you like, then drizzle the sauce on top.


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Author: Shihoko Ura
Recipe Yields: 8 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 burger
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 87
Calories 199

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 184mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.