Iron Chef Winner's Japanese-Style Hamburgers

"A recipe from Katsuyo Kobayashi and her book "Quick and Easy Japanese Cookbook". She defeated Iron Chef Chen Kenichi on the popular Food Network t.v. show "Iron Chef". Kobayashi-san claims she can make anyone into an Iron Chef! :)"
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  • In a mixing bowl, season ground beef to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a small amount of oil in saute pan and cook onion until tender.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg lightly; add milk, mixing well.
  • Stir in breadcrumbs and allow to rest.
  • Add onions and breadcrumbs to ground beef, working ingredients together with your hands.
  • Divide meat into fourths, and make a patty; toss back and forth to force air out.
  • Shape into burger shape.
  • Heat small amount of oil in skillet and cook burgers; cover pan, and simmer on medium-high heat until burgers cook done; then remove lid, reduce heat to medium, and cook till water disappears.
  • Remove from pan.
  • Add 2/3 cup water, ketchup, sake, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and butter to pan; bring to boil.
  • Simmer till thickened.
  • Spoon sauce over burgers on plate.

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  1. Heavens Kitchen
    Not bad, but not one I'd make again. Too salty for my tastes, even when using lower-sodium soy sauce.
  2. Redsie
    This was delicious!! Did cook the burgers on my George Foreman grill though!! And did use a bit more onion!! Thanks Sue! :)
  3. MalaysianChef
    GreaT RECIPE. I used ground pork insted of beef, and I think Beef would taste better because beef has more flavour. but overall very good!!
  4. HisPixie
    I made these for dinner tonight and my family gave them 5 stars. They are definitely on the "make-again" list. I followed the recipe exactly as written.
  5. MasakoHI
    Outstanding! The burgers were very moist, juicy and tasty. Anything from Kobayashi's cookbook is easy and delicious. I have made many dishes from her "Easy Japanese Cookbook"(one of my favorite Japanese cookbooks).


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