Difference between Japanese Hamburger Steak and the U.S.

Japanese hamburger steak is one of the most popular meals among children. Japanese hamburger steak is different from the U.S. version of the dish, because the Japanese hamburger patty is made by mixing ground meat and a variety of vegetables. This is a meal filled with mother’s love, as mothers whose children don’t like vegetables try to have their kids eat vegetables by mixing minced or grated vegetables into meat. Japanese hamburger steak is a perennial favorite for lunch, dinner, and bento.

Meat Combination:

A common Japanese hamburger steak is made with a combination of ground beef and ground pork. The basic ratio is 1: 1, but nowadays steak with more beef or even 100% beef is gaining popularity. You can adjust the ratio to create your favorite patty.

Cooking Directions

A hamburger patty shrinks when it’s sauteed. You can prevent the patty from puffing up too much by making an indentation at the center. Place the indented side down to cook first when you saute the patty.

How to cook Japanese Hamburger Steak

Yoshoku-Style (Western-Style) Hamburger Steak Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Patty:

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1-1/2 oz. panko (bread crumbs)
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 17-1/2 oz. combination of ground beef and ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • All purpose flour, as needed
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Sauce:

  • 1-1/5 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. grated onion
  • 2/5 cup tomato ketchup
  • Liqueur to taste (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. Mince the onion. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Saute the onion well over low heat. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the bread crumbs and milk in a bowl.
  3. Add the combined ground meat, egg, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and cooled onion into the bowl. Using your hands, mix well into a gruel.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal parts to form four patties. Coat the patties with flour. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and saute both sides of the patties until brown.
  5. Turn off the heat. Remove excess oil with paper towels. Place the ingredients for in the frying pan and simmer over medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Flip the patties once during simmering.

Hamburger Steak with Tofu Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Patty:

  • 1/2 medium-sized onion
  • 1 pkg. soft tofu (approx. 10-1 /2 oz.)
  • 1-1/2 oz. panko (bread crumbs)
  • 10-1/2 oz. combination of ground beef and ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Flour as needed
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1/5 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1/5 cup mirin (Japanese sweet cooking rice wine)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2/5 cup water

Cooking Directions

  1. Mince the onion.
  2. In a bowl, crumble the tofu into small pieces with a whisk.
  3. Add the minced onion and breadcrumbs to the bowl. Mix well with whisk.
  4. Add the combined ground meat, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Using your hands, mix well into a gruel, working with the hand.
  5. Divide the mixture into equal parts to form four patties. Coat with flour. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Saute both sides of the patties until brown.
  6. Turn off the heat. Remove excess oil with paper towels. Place the ingredients for in the frying pan and simmer over medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Flip the patties once during simmering.

Salmon Burger Steak Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

Patty:

  • 1/4onion
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 2 slices salmon
  • 3/4 oz. panko (bread crumbs)
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • A pinch of katakuri-ko (potato starch)

Yogurt Sauce:

  • 3-1/2 oz. plain yogurt (unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • A pinch of garlic powder
  • 2 leave oba (perilla leaves)

Cooking Directions

  1. Mince the onion. Melt the butter in a frying pan and saute well over low heat. Set aside to cool.
  2. Remove bones and skins from salmon. Mince the salmon with a knife.
  3. In a bowl, using your hands, thoroughly mix the bread crumbs, milk, salmon, onion, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and potato starch. Divide the mixture into halves to form two patties.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Lower the heat after placing the patties (3). Saute both sides of the patties until brown and cooked well.
  5. Mix the ingredients for in a small bowl. Serve the steaks with the sauce.

Lavish Beef Hamburger Steak Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

Patty:

  • 10-1/2 oz. stewing beef
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 oz. panko (bread crumbs)
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • Flour, as needed
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/5 cup water

Onion Sauce:

  • 1/3 onion, grated
  • 1 tsp. grated garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. apple vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Place the meat in the freezer 1 hour before starting cooking. It should become semi-frozen.
  2. Mince the onion. Melt the butter in a frying pan and saute the onion over low heat. Set aside to cool.
  3. Chop the beef into small pieces with a knife or coarsely grind with a food processor.
  4. Mix the bread crumbs and milk in a bowl.
  5. Add the meat, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and cooled onion into the bowl. Using your hands, mix well into a gruel.
  6. Divide the mixture into halves to form two patties. Coat the patties with flour. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and saute both sides of the patties until brown.
  7. Turn off the heat. Remove excess oil with paper towels. Add water in the frying pan and cover the frying pan with a lid (or aluminum foil). Cook overmedium low heat.
  8. Take out the patties. Place the ingredients for the onion sauce in the same frying pan. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium low heat and then simmer for about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce onto the steaks to serve.

Japanese-Style Veggie Burger Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • Approx. 1/2 oz. fried bean curd (abura-age)
  • 1/2 pkg. maitake mushrooms
  • One handful oats (approx. same volume as maitake mushrooms)
  • 2 Tbsp. grated onion
  • 2 Tbsp. grated lotus root
  • 2 tsp. miso (soybean paste)
  • 1 tsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Tomato Ketchup and Miso Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. miso (soybean paste)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. mirin (Japanese sweet cooking rice wine)
  • 1/5 cup water

Buns and Toppings:

  • 2 Cherry Blossom sesame rolls
  • 2 slices tomato
  • Microgreens as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. Mince the fried bean curd and maitake mushrooms.
  2. In a bowl, using your hands, mix all the ingredients except the vegetable oil.
  3. Divide the mixture into halves to form two patties. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan and saute both sides of the patties over low heat until cooked. (Use a spatula to gently nudge the patties into shape, if needed.)
  4. Place the ingredients for the sauce in the frying pan. Simmer until sufficiently warm while coating the patties with the sauce.
  5. Slice sesame rolls into halves and lightly toast the cut side.
  6. Place the sandwich patties, tomato, and microgreens between the sesame rolls.

Soft Hamburger Steak Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Patty:

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 oz. Japanese dried wheat gluten
  • 17-1 /2 oz. combination of ground beef and ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • All purpose flour, as needed
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Mixed Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp. shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 4 Tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp. tonkatsu sauce
  • 1/5 cup water

Cooking Directions

  1. Mince the onion. Melt the butter in a frying pan and saute over low heat. Set aside to cool.
  2. Crush Japanese dried wheat gluten into small pieces, by smashing it in a plastic bag, for example. Place in a bowl and mix with milk.
  3. Add the combined ground meat, egg, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and cooled onion in the bowl (2). Using your hands, mix well into a gruel.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal parts to form four patties. Coat the patties with flour. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and saute both sides of the patties until brown.
  5. Turn off the heat. Remove excess oil with paper towels. Place the ingredients for in the frying pan and simmer over medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Flip the patties once during simmering.

Recommended side Dish: Glazed Carrot Recipe

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 large carrot
  • 2/5 cup water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Cut the carrot into bite-sized pieces, and place in a small pot.
  2. Add water, sugar, butter, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cover with a lid and simmer over medium heat until all the liquid evaporates.

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