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Tofu Hamburger Steak Recipe

Hamburger Steak is a very popular western style dish in Japan, and it is often made at home or served at many restaurants.  While regular hamburger steak is made from ground pork and beef, Tofu Hamburger Steak is made from a mixture of Tofu and ground meat.  Although Tofu Hamburger Steak has fewer calories and a little softer texture, it tastes meaty enough for meat lovers.

Tofu Hamburger Steak is much less greasy, and it goes with many different kinds of sauces.  We made it with a Teriyaki-like sauce, but regular ketchup and Worcester sauce is also very good with it.  Ponzu Sauce and grated Daikon radish is a popular sauce, too.

We used ground beef here, but it can be replaced with pork or chicken.  Tofu Hamburger Steak is a healthier choice for your everyday dinner but still tastes great.   It is perfect for people who are watching calories, but also tastes so good everyone can enjoy it.

Tofu Hamburger Steak


  • 200g Tofu
  • 300g ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 2 Tbsp Sake
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • thinly sliced green onions


  1. Put Tofu, ground beef, Panko, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix very well. Divide into 4 pieces and shape into oval patties.
  2. Heat a frying pan at medium high heat with oil. Place patties in the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn them, lower heat, and cook another 4-5 minutes covered.
  3. While cooking the meat, make the sauce. In a small bowl, mix Soy Sauce, Mirin, Sake, water, and cornstarch.
  4. Add prepared sauce in the pan and cook until the sauce thickens. Serve with green onions.

Tofu Hamburger Steak Recipe

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    January 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    This is delicious! It’s light yet filling and very satisfying, and moist. The sauce is savory but not too rich, and very flavorful. I make it every other week or so, and my roommate and I enjoy it after long days of studying. Thank you for posting it!

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      January 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

      glad you liked our Tofu Hamburger Steak recipe! We have many more easy to make recipes like Teriyaki Chicken and Miso Soup.

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      February 23, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      how many did this recipe serve?

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        March 2, 2016 at 9:30 pm

        about 4 servings.

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What Tofu firmness would be the best for this dish?

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      February 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Any kind is good, but medium works very well.

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    February 21, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I’m in Japan studying right now and I’ve been having a difficult time finding easy to cook dishes that don’t involve noodles or rice. This was perfect, plus it has that western vibe to it that I’ve been craving since I’m so far from home. Tastes great, I added garlic, onion, and ピーマン to the mix for some crunch. Great recipe, I’ll definitely try it in the USA too 🙂

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    April 1, 2016 at 7:48 am

    What can I substitute Sake with?

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      April 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      just omit it.

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        April 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        What do you mean by omit it?

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    April 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Can I use mirin instead of sake. Also please email me about where I can find miso paste. I live in a small town and can’t find it. I can’t make it. Please tell me a store where I can look for miso.

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      April 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      You could use Mirin instead of Sake but also leave it out.
      I don’t know where you live, but there are lot of local supermarkets in the US carry Miso. You may be able to find Miso at some Asian grocery stores online.

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        April 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        Thank you Noriko.

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    April 11, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Great recipe! 🙂 Can I make a batch in advance and store it in a freezer? I’m planning to make one batch and cook it later in the week. Would the taste be different?

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    April 12, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Great recipe! Will try this out soon. Can I make a batch then cook it later in the week? Would it be fine to put the patty in the freezer?

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