Vegan Tofu Burger (GF)

Vegan Tofu Burger (GF)

If you're looking for a slightly different, but absolutely delectable meat-free burger, you must try this Vegan Tofu Burger!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword japanese burger, vegan tofu burger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 burgers
Calories 443kcal
Author Rhian Williams


For the tofu burgers:

  • 400 g (14 oz) firm tofu
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) breadcrumbs (gluten-free if necessary)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) oil (vegetable, rapeseed or olive)

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) oil (vegetable, rapeseed or olive)
  • 1 (1 ) onion , sliced
  • Splash (Splash ) red wine (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary - can be omitted)
  • 230 ml (1 cup) tinned tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons (3 tablespoons) date syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) apple cider vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • Salt + pepper to taste

To serve:

  • Salad lettuce, tomato etc
  • Burger buns (gluten-free if necessary)


For the tofu burgers:

  • Break up the tofu with your hands (or chop into smaller pieces) and place in a food processor
  • Whizz until smooth
  • Place the tofu in a bowl with the breadcrumbs and salt + pepper
  • Use your hands to form the mixture into small, flat patties, which you can lay out on a plate - makes around 6 burgers
  • Heat up the oil in a frying pan and place the tofu patties in the pan once hot
  • Cook on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, flipping over halfway through, until golden brown and crispy on both sides - be careful not to over cook

For the sauce:

  • It's easiest to make this sauce while you're also cooking the burgers
  • Heat up oil in a pan
  • Add the onion and cook for around 5 minutes, until softened
  • Add the red wine and cook for a minute until all the wine has evaporated
  • Add the tomatoes, date syrup, tamari, vinegar and salt + pepper 
  • Bring to the boil and simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary (more date syrup for sweetness, more vinegar for sourness, more salt + pepper etc)

To serve*:

  • Place the burgers in burger buns. Add salad and plenty of sauce


*It's also delicious with some spicy miso mayonnaise 


Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 3.6mg