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Japanese Wafu Burger Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Japanese Wafu Burger

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"These traditional Japanese hamburgers are eaten without a bun. Shiitake mushrooms and tofu make them moist without falling apart, and a mirin glaze adds extra flavor. Absolutely delicious! I like to eat these with cooked daikon (Japanese radish) and rice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    45 mins


  1. Place the block of tofu onto a plate and place another plate on top. Set a 3 to 5 pound weight on top (a container filled with water works well). Press the tofu for 10 to 15 minutes, then drain off and discard the accumulated liquid. Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Combine the tofu, ground beef, shiitake mushrooms, miso paste, egg, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Divide into 6 balls, and flatten into patties.
  3. Stir together the mirin, soy sauce, garlic paste, and ginger in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the burgers on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to low; cover the pan and cook until the juices run clear, about 5 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  5. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan. Keep moving the pan so the sauce doesn't burn, and flip the burgers occasionally to coat both sides with the sauce. The sauce will thicken and create a shiny glaze on the burgers. When all the sauce has been used up, the burgers are ready.
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Mar 30, 2011

Nutritious and scrumptious! A hearty yet healthy approach to red meat with a hint of oriental flavoring that will satisfy the whole family.

Apr 04, 2011

Followed the recipe exactly...really good... I served it on top of an asian inspired green salad... great recipe for summer.


14 Ratings

Nov 10, 2011

added chopped onions and panko bread crumbs, would be even better if you added some fresh garlic and more soy sauce or even ketchup to the sauce

Oct 16, 2012

Delicious! Both my 5 & 2 year olds ate small patties on hamburger buns. I recommend mashing the tofu rather than cutting it into 1/2" blocks if you want even distribution throughout the burger. I used chopped garlic and more of it. I also used only 1/2 # of ground beef and 3/4 of a block of firm tofu. This made 4 med sized and 2 small patties. I sliced the rest of the tofu and let the slices saute in the savory and sweet sauce at the bottom of the skillet for 5 minutes over med heat before flipping. Need to like tofu for that last part though. Thanks, Mariko.

Dec 01, 2011

Nice change from the ordinary. I like the combo of beef and tofu...I left out the mushrooms though because it seemed like it would be a bit too heavy for my tastes. I made it with fried noodles and mixed veg with Edamames:) Very good all in all.

Mar 04, 2012

I made this last weekend, alongside some asparagus and butter-sauteed radishes as sides. I had a couple patties that didn't want to stay together, but the recipe came out fantastic. I would definitely make this again. Next time I want to include some things like bean sprouts, and other veggies to spice things up.


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  • Calories
  • 307 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 18.1 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 25.5 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 999 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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