Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Twist on Burgers

Good evening fellow bloggers! I welcome you to another enticing entry of E.M.E.F. We are heading over seas to Japan today for this twist on burgers. I like to think these burgers are a tad bit (an by a tad bit, I mean a ton) healthier than traditional fatty burgers served here in the United States. Want to know why? Because they use tofu. Tofu is bean curd, in block form of course. They use coagulated soy milk to make it. For all of you lactose intolerant folks out there, tofu is a healthy and easier food to stomach. Well, with that little bit of information out of the way, I say we get started!

Japanese Wafu Burgers

You will need:

  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. Place the block of tofu onto a plate and place another plate on top.
  2. Set a 3 to 5 pound weight on top (a container filled with water works well).
  3. Press the tofu for 10 to 15 minutes, then drain off and discard the accumulated liquid.
  4. Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.
  5. 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.
  6. Stir together the mirin, soy sauce, garlic paste, and ginger in a small bowl. Set aside.
  7. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. Brown the burgers on each side, about 2 minutes per side.
  9. Reduce the heat to low; cover the pan and cook until the juices run clear, about 5 minutes.
  10. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  11. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan.
  12. 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.
  13. When all the sauce has been used up, the burgers are ready.
Let's end this blog by saying: Don't knock it until you've tried it. I will leave you all with that. Have a wonderful evening and I will see you all tomorrow!