Meat-Free and Healthy Tofu Hamburger Patties

Meat-Free and Healthy Tofu Hamburger Patties

With this dish, you'll be able to eat to your heart's content while dieting.

Ingredients: 6-12 patties

Firm tofu
2 blocks
Fresh hijiki seaweed
1 cup
Ginger (beni-shouga red pickled ginger or gari sushi ginger)
1 tablespoon
Lotus root
about 5 cm
1 tablespoon
Katakuriko (or panko)
a small amount
For the sauce (to taste)
A. Grated daikon radish + Ponzu
B. Soy sauce + mirin


1. These are the hamburger ingredients.
2. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and microwave for 5 minutes to drain excess water. When it has cooled down a bit, transfer to a bowl and mash with your hands.
3. Finely chop the hijiki seaweed and ginger. Grate the lotus root. Add with the mentsuyu to the bowl and mix well. If the batter is too runny, add katakuriko to thicken. Form into patties.
4. Heat a frying pan with vegetable oil, and pan fry the patties over medium heat. When they are golden brown, cover with a lid and cook over low heat. Transfer to a plate.
5. Pour the A or B sauce on the burgers. A sauce: Put plenty of grated daikon radish on top of the burgers, and follow up with ponzu sauce.
6. B sauce: Put 100 ml each of the soy sauce and mirin to the frying pan, bring to a boil, and pour over the burgers.

Story Behind this Recipe

I bring these patties along when I go to a meeting of senior citizens 2 times a month. It's very popular since it has a traditional wafuu Japanese flavor and is very soft.