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Burger on a white plate dripping with bbq sauce.

The Best Japanese Style Burgers

Sink your teeth into these homemade Japanese Style Burgers, guaranteed to satisfy. Angus beef mince and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger packed full of fusion-flavours.  Oh, and don't forget the winning combination of Kewpie mayonnaise and Japanese BBQ sauce.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 435kcal
Cost $10


To assemble your burgers


  • Add the beef mince into a large mixing bowl along with the leek, breadcrumbs, sake, soy sauce, red miso paste and egg. Mix everything together with your hands until well combined.
    500 g beef mince, ½ cup leek, 6 tbsp breadcrumbs, 4 tbsp sake, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp red miso paste, 1 egg
  • Form mixture into 6 equal size patties about 2 cm / 1 inch thick.
  • Heat the vegetable oil and sesame oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Pop in your beef patties and cook for 4 – 5 minutes per side until cooked through.
    1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Optional: Lightly toast your burger buns in a toaster OR butter them and place butter side down in a large frying pan until lightly toasted. Transfer to serving plates ready to assemble.
    6 bread rolls or burger buns
  • Stack a beef patty onto the base of a burger bun and slather (or artfully decorate) with your favourite ratios of Kewpie mayonnaise and Japanese BBQ sauce.
    6 bread rolls or burger buns, kewpie mayonnaise, Japanese bbq sauce
  • Top with cabbage slices and the lid of your burger bun and serve immediately.
    3 cabbage leaves



  • Ingredient Notes
    • Cooking Sake – Can substitute with Chinese cooking wine, or a regular dry white wine.
    • Soy Sauce – We use Kikkoman, you can also use any regular soy sauce or tamari.
    • Red Miso Paste – Red miso, also known as aka miso, is the dark brown miso paste with the strongest flavour. Other miso paste types will work okay but have a lighter flavour.
  • Freezing and Storage - We recommend layering uncooked burger patties in between sheets of baking paper so they don’t stick together. Cook straight from frozen, on a slightly lower heat and for double the time so it cooks through the middle. Alternatively, you can defrost them out on the bench for a couple hours before cooking or using your microwaves defrost setting. Cooked burger patties can also be frozen, then reheated in the microwave. You can finish them off in a frying pan if you want to crisp them up slightly.
  • Burger Buns - Regular burger buns work fine. You can also use damper style rolls or brioche buns if you prefer.
  • Batch or Make Ahead - You can make the patties up to 24 hours ahead of time. Keep them in layers using baking paper in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
  • Skip the buns – (aka carbs) and serve these burgers with a healthy side salad or vegetables instead, this is a more traditional way to eat them in Japan.
  • Use your hands – Always mix the beef mince mixture with your hands as this will give your burgers the best texture. 
Adapted from Angela Nahas – Mini Japanese Favorites


Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 4mg