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Japanese-Style Hamburgers

09/08/2016 (Last Updated: 05/07/2019)

Sink your teeth into these homemade Japanese-Style Hamburgers, guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger that’s packed full of fusion-flavours.  Oh, and don’t forget the winning combination of Kewpie mayonnaise and Japanese BBQ sauce.

Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

So it was a little crazy here over the weekend… We actually saw blue sky and felt warm sun on our faces – something we haven’t experienced in what feels like weeks around here.

Maybe spring is on the way? Or maybe it’s just a brief, balmy escape before grey clouds return and rain falls once more?

Either way, it’s enough to have us daydreaming about hot summer days that are hopefully on their way.

And I don’t know about you, but when we think summer, we think hamburgers. Like these juicy, homemade beef hamburgers that have been tricked up with a few mouth-watering Japanese flavours.

Oh yeah.

Good weather or bad, it’s time to sink your teeth into some Japanese-Style Hamburgers all of your own.

Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

 

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These easy homemade Japanese-Style Hamburgers have everything we love about Japanese flavours.

First, let’s talk about the burger patty. To kick things up a notch in the Angus beef mince base there’s a generous splash of sake, lip-smacking soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil, and a scoop of miso paste for umami goodness.

Plus, freshly sliced leeks bring a zesty zing (and a dash of healthy goodness) to the mix without overpowering the magic balance of flavours.

Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

Now, you will have to get your hands a little dirty to mix all those ingredients together, but trust me it’ll be totally worth it.

Your Japanese-Style Hamburgers will pay you back with bite after mouth-wateringly delicious, juicy, burger heaven.

Like so.

Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

Japanese-Style Hamburgers

Now, in addition to all those Japanese inspired flavours within the burger itself are a few extra goodies on top, too.

May we present two essential Japanese condiments that will transform your Japanese-Style Hamburgers from ‘so-so’ to ‘so good’! They are:

These guys go hand in hand to work magic on your epic burger-fest, and are equally tasty in other Japanese bites like Takoyaki (fried octopus snack) and Okonomiyaki (‘ask you like it’ savoury pancakes).

Definitely a good investment to keep handy in your kitchen!

(See? Bonnie agrees.)

Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

We served up our tasty Japanese-Style Hamburgers on toasted buns and topped with with slivers of Asian cabbage. But you can just as easily skip the buns (aka carbs) and serve them with a healthy side salad instead.

If you’re keen for more traditional Japanese recipes be sure to check out our super popular Simple Onigiri Rice Balls and crispy Japanese Gyoza Dumplings.

Ittadakimasu!

Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

Japanese-Style Hamburgers

Sink your teeth into homemade Japanese-style Hamburgers guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger full of fusion-flavours. Oh, and don't forget the winning combo of Kewpie mayonnaise and Japanese BBQ sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 6
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 500 g beef mince
  • ½ cup leek finely sliced
  • 6 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil for cooking
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt aka a fair whammy

To assemble your burgers

  • bread rolls or burger buns sliced and buttered
  • 3 – 4 cabbage leaves finely sliced
  • Japanese bbq sauce / tonkasu sauce
  • kewpie mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Pop the beef mince in a large mixing bowl with the finely sliced leek. Top with breadcrumbs, sake, soy sauce and miso paste.
  • In a separate small bowl or jug, place the eggs, sesame oil, pepper and salt and mix.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the meat and mix everything together with your hands until well combined.
  • Form up the mince mixture into equal size patties about 2 cm thick. You should get around 5 to 6 patties depending on how big you make each.
  • In a large pan gently toast the burger buns or bread rolls (if you're using them) butter side down until gently golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Pour in that glossy sesame oil and bring up to a medium high heat. Pop in your beef patties and cook for 4 – 5 minutes per side until cooked through.

To assemble your burgers:

  • Pop a beef patty onto the base of a burger bun and slather (or artfully decorate) with your favourite ratios of kewpie mayonnaise and tonkasu/japanese BBQ sauce.
  • Top with cabbage slices and the lid of your bread roll.
  • Serve hot and juicy.
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Japanese-style Hamburgers - Angus beef and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger guaranteed to satisfy at any time of the day. Oh, and Okonomiyaki sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise are the winning sauce combos here. | wandercooks.com

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Aish Padihari
    27/08/2016 at 3:12 am

    First of all gorgeous pics. I’m a fan. Loved your post.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/09/2016 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Aish!

  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    26/08/2016 at 6:35 pm

    My husband would LOVE these. He is burger obsessed and loves Japanese flavours too. I will be making these very soon.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/09/2016 at 11:58 am

      It’s like a match made in heaven haha. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Judy
    26/08/2016 at 10:46 am

    We love burgers (who doesn’t?) and need to up our game! I think your Japanese-style burgers will do the trick. 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/08/2016 at 11:33 am

      Especially when practicing tastes so good… 😉

  • Reply
    Kate @ Veggie Desserts
    25/08/2016 at 11:09 pm

    Adding miso paste is SUCH a great idea! I really want to try Japanese BBQ sauce now, too.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/08/2016 at 11:31 am

      It definitely adds a whole new flavour dimension to the burger patty. Ooh and hope you love the Japanese BBQ sauce too, it is amazing, especially when paired with Kewpie mayo!

  • Reply
    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    25/08/2016 at 10:43 pm

    These sound so delicious… Japanese food is so good. These would be perfect for our annual Labour Day BBQ get together. I think everyone would love them.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/08/2016 at 11:29 am

      Oh for sure, they’d taste amazing cooked outside on the grill! 😀

  • Reply
    Andrew Prior
    10/08/2016 at 12:59 am

    Two of my favourite things combined Japanese food and burgers. A must try!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      15/08/2016 at 11:26 am

      Life’s too short, why not have both in one?? 🙂

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