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[Recipe] Japanese Hamburgers ハンバーグ Delight for Adults and Children

japanese hamburger receipe


One of the best dishes you can eat in Japan, the Japanese-prepared hamburger is among the best you can enjoy while you are in the Rising Sun.

The preparation of this dish is not complicated, indeed in itself it is very simple and the ingredients are easy to find or possibly replace them with some similar ones, even if by now the ethnic or characteristic products are easy to find.

Bearing in mind that with the doses we give you, you can make 3 medium-large burgers, adjust the doses if you want more or less.


250 g Mixed meat (3/4 minced beef and 1/4 minced pork)

Salt, pepper and nutmeg

150 g onions

1 small egg

45g of breadcrumbs

Olive oil


45 ml  Red wine

45ml Water

3 tablespoons ketchup

3 Tablespoons tonkatsu sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)


The preparation is very simple but in some steps you will have to make some choices dictated by your tastes, also because a recipe changes according to who prepares it. also following their own flavors and tastes.

Let's start with preparing the meat. To simplify everything, you can take the meat already minced, but if you want, as they do in some Japanese restaurants, you can take the pieces of meat and chop everything with a knife (finely chop only with a knife).

We put the meat in a boule and proceed with the other processes. We clean the onion well and start chopping it finely. Personally (and as they do in many Japanese restaurants) I prefer a minced voltata to insert everything together with the meat, others instead first sauté it in the pan to cook it, and add it to the meat mixture once it is ready.

Once ready, add it to the boule together with a pinch of salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg (if you don't like it, you can leave it out). Mix everything together with the egg and breadcrumbs. If the dough feels too soft in your hands, you can add a little more breadcrumbs.

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To ensure that the meat takes on the flavors we have added well, we can let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before cooking it.

Prepare a pan to heat with a drizzle of oil; in the meantime, lightly grease your hands (it will help to keep the dough from sticking), take a part of the mixture and start working it by squeezing it between one hand and the other to compact it and give it the desired shape and "throw" it between one hand and the other hearing the characteristic noise of when they prepare, creating a small groove in the center.

When the pan is hot, place the hamburger in it, browning it well, approximately 5 minutes per side (but it depends on how thick you made them). Don't worry if it crusts like it's burnt, it's a classic Japanese burger, and it tastes good. Your burgers are ready and you can serve and eat them with the sauce you prefer.

If you want a typical sauce to use, follow the procedure for preparing the accompanying sauce:

Once the burgers are almost ready, pour the red wine and let the alcohol evaporate. Once smoked, remove the meat and add the knob of butter, making it melt well. Put the diluted ketchup in the Tonkatsu or Worcestershire sauce, mix everything (always in the same pan) and let it reduce to a slow flame. When it's reduced enough, serve it on your burgers and enjoy it all :D


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Continue to follow our recipes, the flavors from the Rising Sun that you have tried on your travels and that you may want to try again at home.



Recipe, Japanese Hamburgers, Mauro Piacentini

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