by

Meatless Teriyaki Tofu Hamburger Patties

Meatless Teriyaki Tofu Hamburger Patties

Soft and fluffy, yet with a texture that resembles coarsely ground meat. Very filling and satisfying, but healthy and nutritious. My daughter gobbles this up. It's coated with teriyaki sauce!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Hamburgers:
Firm tofu
1 block of 400 g
Konnyaku
100 g
Onion
1/4
Dried panko
1 cup (200 ml)
Whole egg
1
Katakuriko
1 teaspoon
Soup stock granules
1 teaspoon
Tomato ketchup
2 teaspoons
Salt
to taste
Pepper
to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
as needed
Teriyaki sauce:
Mirin
3 tablespoons
Japanese sake
3 tablespoons
Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
Sugar
1 tablespoon
Katakuriko
1 1/2 teaspoons
Water
about 2 tablespoons

Steps

1. Slice the tofu in half horizontally. Wrap the pieces in kitchen paper towels and drain away the excess water. A 400 g block will become 300 g after draining. If you cut it in half like this it drains faster.
2. Cut the konnyaku into about 5 mm dice. Freeze, then boil and squeeze out well. 100 g of konnyaku will become 50 g after this treatment.
3. Dice the onion into 5 mm pieces. There's no need to sauté the onion unless you are going to freeze the burgers. The raw onion will have a nice crispy texture.
4. Mix the hamburger ingredients in a bowl. As long as the konnyaku and onion pieces aren't too big you're ok.
5. When it's well mixed, taste a little. There's no raw meat in this so you can taste it safely. We'll be putting on a soy sauce based sauce later so keep the seasoning light.
6. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water. The texture should be about the same as a hamburger mix. If I measure 100 g per patty, they'll be a bit left over.
7. Form the portioned mixture into oval patties, and fry in a frying pan until golden brown. Start on medium-low heat, turn over then steam-fry on low heat with the lid on. Be a bit generous with the cooking oil.
8. Combine all the sauce ingredients except for the water - mirin, sake, soy sauce, sugar and katakuriko in a separate pan and bring to a boil while mixing with a whisk. The thickness of the sauce when it boils will be the thickness of the sauce when you serve it on the plate.
9. Add some water to the sauce to thin it out a bit, and add the burger patties to coat with the sauce.
10. Put on serving plates with garnishes of your choice and bon appetit! The konnyaku gives the patties a texture just like coarsely ground meat.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to feed my 2 and a half year old daughter healthy food, so I came up with this. When I make it at home I usually I just eyeball the amounts. It makes me so happy to see my child eating her meals with gusto. My wife likes it too!