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Ninja Burger Recipes

"Two all-soy patties, wasabi sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and Kung-Fu grip." But what's in the secret sauce? Ninja Burger's secret recipe is, well, secret. But that doesn't stop many of our fans from trying to guess the recipe! Here are some other recipes you can try at home.

First, there's an attempt at a genuine Ninja Burger, an American Ninja Burger, an Oriental Ninja Burger and a Tex-Mex Ninja Burger, all by anonymous contributors. This is followed by some Ninja Burger Topping Ideas by S. Hunter, and Another Ninja Burger Variant by R. Healey. And lastly, we provide a link to another site's attempt to create a Ninja Burger.

The Ninja Burger
by Anonymous

10 cups soybeans, cooked and drained
1 1/4 cups bread crumbs
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup garlic, minced
1/4 cup carrots, grated
1-1/4 cups soy protein isolates
(to taste) parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, soybean oil, wasabi

Mash cooked soybeans, then combine ingredients.
Form into patties.
Top as desired.

The American Ninja Burger
(not endorsed by Michael Dudikoff)

1 pound ground meat (pork/beef/turkey)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tablespoon watercress, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
(to taste) hoisin sauce, onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, wasabi

Mix meat of choice, bread crumbs, egg, watercress, garlic, ginger and soy sauce together.
Form into patties.
Top with hoisin sauce, onion slices, cilantro, bean sprouts and/or wasabi.

An Oriental Ninja Burger
by Anonymous

1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg white
1 tb soy sauce
1/4 ts garlic powder
1/4 ts ground ginger
1 ts grated lemon peel
1 tb minced onion flakes
1/4 ts pepper

Combine all ingredients, shape into 4 patties.
Place on rack in broiler pan or grill.
Cook 3 inches from heat about 5 minutes per side.

Tex-Mex Ninja Burger
by Anonymous

5 c cooked mashed soybeans
1 c whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. granulated garlic
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 finely chopped med. onion
1 finely chopped green pepper
(optional) 1 c TVP (texturized vegetable protein) for texture
(to taste) fresh cilantro, mild picante, pico de gallo

Mix all ingredients well.
Mixture should be stiff and make firm patties.
Fry on a griddle or skillet or grill.

Ninja Burger Topping Ideas
by S. Hunter

Generally, Soy Burgers aren't bad, after you get past the eating, chewing, tasting, and swallowing part. That in mind, I do seem to eat a lot of them, which must mean I like them, or something.

Topping ideas:
Sauteed Black or Shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced. Simmer to taste in either soy or olive oil and marsala wine mixture.
Marsala wine gives an interesting taste that isn't quite as salty as soy sauce.
Swiss or other white cheese for those who will eat dairy (I do).
Yellow cheeses just don't taste quite right, most of the time.
Traditionally, Kelp is often an integral part of most eastern vegetarian dishes, so a little kelp mixed in with lettuce might not be a bad idea. That stuff makes me yack, personally, but the idea is sound. Don't use the salted, canned stuff.
Tofu cubes are great when grilled, and soy sauce and garlic is liberally applied, so a tofu wrap (sort of a pita-esque product) may be something that Ninja Burger could try. After all... who's gonna tell the ninja they have to make only burgers.

Another Ninja Burger Variant
by R. Healey

Greetings, masters of the two-spatula style.

I am no ninja - I am merely a frequent customer of Ninja Burger. Your honorable franchise has quickly sated many a long night of work for me and my allies. And I feel that I would be unworthy to eat another Ninja Burger, with extra wasabi, unless I told you of what transpired last night.

As I was about to visit a friend of mine, I heard him puttering about in the kitchen. I figured that he was simply not in the mood for his nightly Ninja Burger. But I saw his dog lying prone, in the same position it always is after your delivery ninjas use Ninja Knock-Out Drops. Something was wrong, so I quietly investigated.

Like I said, I'm not a ninja, but I can keep quiet when I need to. My friend, or should I say former friend, was in the kitchen, with a partially eaten Ninja Burger on the table while he was cooking on the stove. He was talking on the phone, and I quickly learned his plans: he was sampling Ninja Burgers to steal the recipie, and give it to those honorless curs at Samurai Burger!

I felt the shame that comes from knowing a traitorous friend. And I knew that if honor was to be restored to both Ninja Burger and its loyal customers, I had to eliminate my former friend. Perhaps out of mercy, I did it quickly, with a kitchen knife. But rest assured, your honor has been maintained.

In order to fully maintain honor, however, I feel it necessary to give you the recipie that he devised. He was cunning; while not as good as a real Ninja Burger, it is a decent facsimilie.

1 lb. ground beef
2 cups teriyaki
2 tablespoons wasabi, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon pickled ginger, plus more for serving
lettuce and tomato for serving.
4 sesame seed buns.

1) All ninjas must be prepared. Put ground beef in a ceremonial bowl with teriyaki and 1 tablespoon of ginger and place in a cool place, such as a refrigerator, for 6-12 hours to gain acceptance from wise ancestors.
2) Kill all samurai within 1 block so that they may not observe your technique.
3) Prepare a good fire. One must either cook over a grill, a good hibachi, the bones of a traitorous daimyo, or a standard stovetop on medium heat.
4) After your ancestors approval has been gained, divide the ground beef into four equal sized patties. A true ninja will do this in one quick sword swipe - less skilled cooks will probably wish to do this by hand.
5) Cover each patty with 1/2 tablespoon (1.5 teaspoons) of wasabi. If anyone sees you during this step, commit seppuku to preserve your honor.
6) Grill the burgers until they are cooked to your taste. Either cook them rare to remind you of the blood that you shall soon spill, or cook them done to symbolize the complete domination of your clan over your rivals.
7) Place the patty on a sesame seed bun, in accordance to the principle of balance as mentioned by the Buddha. This may be an ordinary bun, but a true ninja prefers to toast the bun lightly in order to better savor the flavor of his burger.
8) Top the burger with lettuce and tomato as desired, and a pleasing amount of wasabi. To refuse the wasabi is a terrible insult to the honor of the ninja. Garnish with ginger on the side to cleanse the palate and prepare for the next burger.
Serves 4 ninjas.

You'll note that he was unable to devise the ingredients to your secret sauce, which is part of the reason for his failure to fully replicate the true zest of a Ninja Burger. Yet he came frighteningly close, and nearly gave the samurai with which he dealt a new dish that would threaten to rival your tasty and quickly delivered treat.

Also, to make sure that the samurai would suspect nothing, I set up a fake pickup so that they would believe to have succeeded. Of course, those stupid samurai don't even realize the trap I have set for them. But soon, as the samurai casualties pile up, they will know not to dare violate the concept of the Ninja Burger with their clumsy samurai ways.

I hope to one day learn the arts of the ninja, to take an honorable place amongst the true masters of stealth and cooking. Until my training is complete, I am your loyal customer.

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