Japanese Hambagu (Hamburg) Steak

"This is a popular Japanese dish, sort of a really tasty take on salisbury steak. Its quick, cheap, easy and sooo good. Panko bread crumbs are key here.."
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  • Chop onion finely. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan and saute onion well and set aside.
  • Put egg and milk in a bowl and mix well. Add breadcrumb in the bowl and mix lightly and set aside.
  • Put beef in another bowl and add cooked onion and breadcrumb mixture in it.
  • Season the beef mixture with salt and pepper. Mix the meat well with hands well. Make four meat balls and toss each ball from one hand to the other hand repeatedly.
  • Make four hamburger patties and indent the center of each one with a finger. Heat oil in a pan and saute hamburgers over medium heat.
  • Turn over and saute the other side. Add 1/4 cup of hot water in the pan and put lid and steam hamburgers for a few minutes.
  • Remove the lid and cook until the water is gone. Transfer hamburgers into individual plates.
  • Add ketchup and Worcestershire sauce in the pan after hamburgers are removed. Mix quickly over low heat to make sauce. Pour the sauce over hamburgers.

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  1. Justin S.
    I made the sauce and tried it and it really didn't have much flavor at all, so I tried something new that I think has much more flavor. Feel free to substitute fresh onion in place of onion powder and possibly add some garlic if you'd like. 3 Tbsp tomato sauce 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp soy sauce ~1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper ~1/2-1 tsp onion powder The lemon juice breaks down the complex sugars and makes the sauce slightly sweeter and less rich, you can omit it if you'd like.
  2. Bekah49036
    Looking at the ingredient list for this recipe, I thought they sounded quite good. But I must say, they were AWESOME. The sauce made the dish. I doubled it and still would have liked more. Who would have thought the combo of 2 simple ingredients could taste so good. Super simple, definite keeper.
  3. Brew City Chef
    Excellent and easy to make dish! I will double the sauce next time as everyone wanted more. I've been making a Salisbury Steak recipe every few weeks for my family that is a bit more time consuming before this. To my delight, my husband and mother said they prefer this recipe instead of the the typical Salisbury Steak. I will make this instead. Thank you for an easy, quick alternative to the typical Salisbury Steak!!
  4. Happy_Housewife
    This recipe is just like the ones we had in Japan! Thanks for the recipe!
  5. Fash4515
    I've seen this recipe on other sites, but never tried it. I was looking to use up a pound of 96% lean ground beef tonight and I'm so glad I found this recipe here so I could rate it - it's really great! I followed it exactly, except I used minced scallion instead of onion and added chicken broth to the pan instead of hot water. The burgers were moist and juicy and the sauce was delicious - next time, I'll double or triple it since my bf and his friend were practically licking the pan. I served these with stir fried cabbage (just a package of coleslaw mix wilted with a little sesame oil) and some leftover steamed white rice. A definite keeper!!


  1. Rumiko M.
    1. For the sauce, sautee thin sliced mushrooms, then add ketchup, worcestershire and sugar!. After letting it simmer for a bit, add red wine and let it reduce. You'll have yourself a fragrant, delicious hambagu sauce. :) 2. When you pour water in to simmer the patties, try adding hondashi (Bonito Fish stock) to the water. It'll soak a great umami flavor into your patties.
  2. Justin S.
    everything, greatly increased the flavor


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