In Japan, hamburger steak (known as ハンバーグ hambāgu in Japanese) is a popular dish among both children and adults.

As people are becoming more health-conscious these days, hamburger steak recipes that add tofu or minced chicken to reduce calories in a tasty way are also popular.

Illustrator and cook ぼく Boku (@boku_5656) introduced such a healthy tofu hamburger steak recipe that's definitely one you'll want to try.

Not only is it wonderfully fluffy and tasty, but it's easy to make since the tofu doesn't even need to be drained.

Fluffy yummy tofu hamburg steak (serves 3)

Hamburger steak ingredients

  • Minced chicken: 300 g
  • Pinch of salt
  • Silken tofu: 150 g
  • Shiso leaves: 10 (replacement: minced green onion)
  • Bread crumbs: 20 g
  • Potato starch: 1 tbsp (replacement: corn starch)
  • Shimeji mushroom: 1/2 finely chopped (replacement: oyster mushroom)


  • Soy sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Mirin (sweet cooking sake): 2 tbsp (replacement: sake + 1 tsp sugar)
  • Sake: 2 tbsp
  • Water: 2 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Potato starch: 2 tsp

(1) Put the hamburger steak ingredients into a plastic bag and, with your hands outside the bag, mash and mix them well.

Reproduced with permission from ぼく Boku (@boku_5656)

(2) Put the mashed hamburger steak ingredients in a frying pan lightly coated with sesame oil, pat it down into a round shape, cover with the lid, and cook over low heat for 7 minutes. Then turn over and cook for another 4 minutes. You can also form them into 3 or 4 pieces to make smaller hamburger steaks.

Reproduced with permission from ぼく Boku (@boku_5656)

(3) Add the mixed sauce ingredients to the pan and simmer until syrupy.

Reproduced with permission from ぼく Boku (@boku_5656)

For toppings, the serving suggestion is raw egg. If you live outside of Japan and can buy pasteurized in-shell eggs that are safe to eat raw, you can do the same. Chopped green onions or chives also go well.

Reproduced with permission from ぼく Boku (@boku_5656)

Boku's recipe calls for silken tofu, but firm tofu will also work. However, if you use firm tofu, the aroma of the tofu will be more intense and the texture will be a little firmer.

It also tastes great with grated ponzu (Japanese sauce made from grated yuzu), if you can find it, and goes perfectly with butter and soy sauce!

Boku's recipe received a lot of positive feedback on Twitter, such as: "I prefer fluffy hamburgers, so I'll be making this as soon as I can," "Definitely a tasty one," and "Great for kids who don't like vegetables."

If the idea of cooking with tofu puts you off, this may change your opinion of it, so why not give it a try?

By - grape Japan editorial staff.