Recently, I have been inspired to create a Japanese Hamburger Recipe. There are two reasons from which this stems. One, my family and I are planning to finally visit Japan next summer; and two, our recent obsession with a Japanese reality show named Terrace House.
Terrace House has that Umami.
In true Japanese form, the tempo of the show has an indistinguishable recipe that makes us wonder why we love it so much, and why we can’t stop watching. As it equates to Japanese cuisine, Terrace House has that umami.
Ingredients for Japanese Curry Hamburger
If you aren’t familiar, the show puts together 6 people to live under one roof. The places in which they are housed are always beautiful, and they are also given automobiles for their everyday use in their everyday lives. Unlike Big Brother and other American counterparts, this reality show is believable and lacks that distorted drama that puts us off. But boring, it’s not.
Some of our favorite moments in the show are when the group eats together. Whether they prepare something at home or go out. The food always looks so good and makes our mouths water. One dish that always seems to make an appearance is the hamburger curry dish.
Curry-Ya in the Lower East Side, NYC
It didn’t take long before my obsession with the show translated into yet another obsession, which was to create a hamburger curry recipe of my own. I had to do some research, so I headed to a Japanese eatery which exclusively makes curry dishes named, Curry-ya, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. This 12 seats counter-only establishment has a small but excellent menu, in which a version of hamburger curry is offered.
When I was a kid, I used to love ordering Salisbury Steak whenever my dad took me to a diner. Unlike an ordinary hamburger, the minced meat was mixed in with seasoning and finely chopped onions, then smothered with brown meat gravy over mashed potatoes. It was something special.
The Japanese hamburger recipe used in Curry-ya is reminiscent of those Salisbury steaks of yore. In the patty mixture was also finely chopped onions and some secret complex yet subtle seasoning. In this case, the gravy is a brown curry with vegetables in which the customer can choose the degree of spiciness. It's served over a bed of rice with some pickled vegetables. It too is something special.
With the kitchen viewable, I noticed that it is a pan-seared hamburger, which is easily adaptable to any home kitchen. No fancy broiling or grilling method needed. I decided that mine will also be a pan hamburger recipe.
Paying homage to my childhood favorite dish, the Salisbury steak, and keeping with our affinity for all things Japanese, I give you my version of a Japanese Hamburger Steak recipe.Print
Japanese Hamburger Recipe
A new and delicious take on a hamburger.
- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 90 mins
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Hamburger
- Method: panfried
- Cuisine: Japanese
2 lbs. minced beef (80-20)
1 Vidalia Onion
1 Large Carrot
1/2 Head of Cabbage
1 Medium Eggplant
Sweet Pickled Ginger
Salt (Lawry's Seasoned)
Black Ground Pepper
Mix in half an onion minced finely, salt, and pepper to the meat. Make eight equally portioned patties (4 oz.).
Roughly cut the carrot and remaining onion. In a large saucepan saute the chopped onions and carrots in olive oil. Add a dash of pepper and white salt. When onion becomes translucent, add 1 liter of water to saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Once the water comes to a boil, add the Japanese curry bouillons (4-6) and bring to medium heat. Keep stirring until bouillon cubes have dissipated. Let cook for 1 hour over low heat. Check every 15 minutes to make sure that the broth becomes viscous. Bring heat to a higher setting if still loose.
Once hamburger patties have been cooked to your desired temperature (we recommend medium-rare) put aside. In the same pan, cook the shitake mushrooms.
In another saucepan, steam the cabbage in 1 cup water with a quarter cup butter. Season with salt. Cover and cook for 30 minutes over low-medium heat.
Plate steamed white rice, and top with hamburger and all the other ingredients. Smother with the curry. Have some pickled ginger on the side. Enjoy
This recipe is a great option when looking to serve a more unique burger to your friends and family. Easy to cook and keeps and reheats well. Pairs well with Japanese Beer, Sake, and sparkling whites.
- Serving Size: 8
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