Deekin 4ever

May 4, 2010
Foods N' Recipes / Japanese-Style Hamburgers

Instead of always looking online for recipes, I decided to borrow a cookbook, a Japanese cookbook. Hubby drove me down to the nearest library which had a selection of Japanese cookbooks. I was looking for a sembei recipe but did not find any so I just borrowed a couple of books which seemed to have simple and easy recipes.

Hubby and I had recently watched a documentary on the Passionate Eye entitled "SuperSize Me" on the horrors of fastfood and somehow it turned us off burgers. We had some time ago bought of ground beef to make burgers but I didn't quite like having buns since we already have had bread for breakfast so when I saw this recipe in the cookbook "The Quick and Easy Japanese Cookbook" by Katsuyo Kobayashi, a popular television cooking personality in Japan, I thought, why not have this instead.

No buns, please ...


  • 400 g ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 onion - chopped finely
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp sake (I substituted shao xing cooking wine for this)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter

1. Season the beef with salt and black pepper.

2. According to the recipe, saute the onion in a little oil until transparent and set aside which I didn't. I left it as it was, uncooked.

3. Mix the egg and milk.

4. Add in the breadcrumbs to the egg and milk mixture and set it aside for the flavours to mingle.

5. Add the mixture above and the onions to the beef and mix lightly with your hand.

6. Divide into 4 portions. The cookbook recommends "tossing each portion from one hand to the other, as if playing catch, to remove excess air and shape into 4 hamburgers, indenting the middle of each with your thumb".

7. Fry the patties in a little oil over medium heat until brown on both sides.

8. Add hot/boiling water to half cover the patties. Cover pan, simmer until cooked.

9. Remove cover and allow any liquid to evaporate and remove patties.

For sauce, in the same pan, add water, ketchup, sake, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and butter. Simmer til slightly thickened and ladle over hamburgers.

The cookbook recommends serving it with your favourite vegetables. I served mine with mashed potatoes and salad.

It's a change from eating beef hamburgers in a bun and I would definitely cook this again in the near future. :D


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Tagged as: beef burger, hamburger, japanese hamburger, japanese style hamburger

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