Tempeh Teriyaki Burger


Tempeh Teriyaki Burger

Fry tempeh with potato flour to add that extra ‘fatty’ taste, which substitutes for the meat fat. I still sometimes miss the taste of meat but I like this tempeh burger even more than a beef burger now.



  • 1 tablespoon neutral tasting oil (for onion)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tempeh pieces
  • Potato flour (starch), for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil (for frying tempeh)
  • 4 wholemeal burger buns
  • 4 tablespoons egg-free mayonnaise
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 8 lettuce leaves, washed
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Extra salt, to season tomato
  • Potato flour (starch), for dusting

Teriyaki sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave or natural sweet syrup


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over low heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook very slowly for 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from catching. Cook until softened and golden. Set aside.
  2. To make teriyaki sauce, combine the teriyaki sauce ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Cut each tempeh into 2 pieces, making 4 pieces in total.
  4. Toss tempeh lightly in potato starch and shake away excess.
  5. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, fry the tempeh until golden on both sides.
  6. Add the teriyaki sauce and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Toss well to coat the tempeh completely with teriyaki sauce.
  7. To assemble, cut the burger buns in half. Spread the mayonnaise onto both sides.
  8. Place the base of each bread on serving plates. Top with lettuce, tempeh and tomato; sprinkle with salt and onion. Top with another bun. Serve immediately.

Gluten-free option: Use gluten-free buns and tamari instead of soy sauce.

Vegetarians, use whole egg mayonnaise or Japanese mayonaise.

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