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