Vegan Tempeh Teriyaki Burger Recipe

Follow my easy recipe for this healthy, vegan tempeh teriyaki burger packed with protein, fibre and vitamins.

What is Tempeh?

Tempeh or Tempe is a traditional Indonesian food made by cooking soybeans, wrapping them in banana leaves and leaving them to ferment into blocks . Sometimes confused with tofu, tempeh has grains, other beans and flavourings added to it, as well as a firmer texture. It is rich in protein, fibre and vitamins, making it a healthier, vegan alternative to any meat burger.

Frying tempeh with potato flour adds that extra ‘fatty’ taste that disappears when we swap out meat. I used to miss the taste of classic beef burgers because of this, but this tempeh burger offers such a deep, rich flavour that I no longer crave meaty, fatty burgers.

Tempeh Teriyaki Burger RECIPE


  • 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.

Vegetarian option: use whole egg mayonnaise or Japanese mayonnaise.


It’s important to use good ingredients!

My first experience with Tempeh was not a good one; I had unknowlingly bought a bad brand of packet tempeh, and for years I avoided eating and cooking with it. Until! My Indonesian friend took me to Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen and showed me that, when cooked correctly using a good brand, tempeh is super delicious!

Watch my video of Mother Chu’s sizzling tempeh, this was absolutely delicious!


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