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"Hanbagu" (Japanese hamburg steak) Recipe

Do you know "Hanbagu"? It is one of the most popular and favorite dish for Japanese people. Here, we are introducing the recipe to make Hanbagu at home. It is easy and simple, and fun to make!

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Published on 30 Oct, 12:00

Some may wonder what is the difference between "Hanbagu" and "hamburger" as both sounds similar.

In fact, a hamburger is a sandwich with cooked patties and some vegetables placed inside of slides of bread, on the other hand, "Hanbagu" (Japanese hamburg steak) is only patty.

While hamburger's patty is mostly made with 100% beef, Hanbagu patty is generally mixed with onions, spices, breadcrumbs and so on.

Hanbagu is so popular as Japanese home-made dish and beloved by all age. Here is typical recipe, let's try to make it!

Ingredients (for 2 people) :

For patty:

  • Minced meat: 250g (Mixture of ground beef and ground pork, and the common ratio is 3:1. Or 100% beef is also available.)
  • Onion: 1/2
  • Breadcrumbs: 5 tbsp (about 1/3 cup)
  • Milk: 40ml
  • Eggs: 1
  • Salt: 1/3 tsp
  • Pepper: a pinch

For sauce:

  • Water: 50ml
  • Ketchup: 3 tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce: 1 tbsp

1. Preparation

Combine milk and breadcrumbs, and let them to absorb the milk.

2. Sautee

Chop the onions into a small pieces and sautee in a frying pan. Cook onions until they become soften and golden brown so that Hanbagu will become sweeter.

Cool them down completely.

3. Knead

Prepare a bowl, and combine the minced meat, milk-soaked breadcrumbs, caramelized onions with all other patty ingredients. Then knead firmly until the mixture becomes sticky.

4. Make a shape

Once the ingredients are well combined, take an appropriate amount to form an oval shape.

Keep tossing between two hands to prevent the air from getting inside.

After making oval shape, don’t forget to lightly press the center of each patties with your finger to dent it. This avoids the explosion of the meat when you cook.

5. Fry

Add oil in a frying pan and turn to medium-high heat. When getting hot, gently put the patties in. Heat them each side until brown.

When it becomes browned, turn to low heat. Cover the pan and steam for 5 minutes.

6. Check if it’s cooked

Use a sharp object like chopsticks to make sure the patties are cooked. Pierce the middle of the patty. If the juices flowing out are transparent, then the patties are ready!

Open the lid to release excess moisture, then remove them onto a plate.

7. Pour the sauce

Add all ingredients of the sauce in the same pan, and warm it up while mixing. When it’s warm, pour the sauce on top of the patty.

You can also serve a bed of vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. to decorate the dish to be more colorful.

We have introduced the basic Hanbagu recipe. You can also make cheese Hanbagu by putting cheese cubes inside the patty when forming it. Please try it!

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