Sometimes, inspiration comes from strange places.
The inspiration for this recipe came from a strange (and mildly embarrassing) place indeed – a Japanese cartoon (specifically, Skip Beat!, episode 15). Okay, okay…it may not sound cool for an adult in their early thirties to watch anime, but it did result in a wonderful recipe that has pleased many a friend and relative – and this dish has become a regular part of our dinner rotation.
A Japanese-style hamburger is a quick and easy meal that’s good for lunch, dinner or a very hearty breakfast. It’s composed of a thick hamburger (minced beef, pork or a combination of the two), topped with a fried egg and a tangy tomato sauce. It’s quite similar to a Dutch hamburger – except a Japanese hamburger is typically served with rice and not bread.
This is a quick recipe (it usually takes under a half hour to whip up), and it doesn’t require very many ingredients (so it’s easy on the budget).
I hope you enjoy it!
Japanese Hamburger Recipe
Makes 4 servings
- 1 1/2 cups of minced beef (or pork or a mixture of both)
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (panko, if possible)
- 1 egg
- 3 + 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil, plus some for frying
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 eggs (one per hamburger)
Mix the minced beef, breadcrumbs, egg, 3 tablespoons of sauce sauce, garlic powder, and sesame oil. Mash together with your fingers. Form into 4 balls and pat into round discs about 1 inch thick.
Heat about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Place patties in the pan and cover with a lid. Flip when browned. When the patties are fully cooked, transfer to a plate.
Deglaze the pan with the remaining soy sauce. Add the Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Stir and heat.
Meanwhile, fry the eggs until desired hardness (runny is best). We usually “steam” our eggs by covering the pan with a see-through lid.
Place a fried egg on a hamburger patty, cover with the sauce and serve with rice.