Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)  is similar  to  chopped  steak  and seasoned  with flavors typical  of Japanese  cuisine.
Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga) is my recipe of the day. These are a homestyle part of a Japanese  meal based on American  burgers.

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Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

The hanbaga are  cooked with seasonings  and add-ins such as ginger and  daikon,  then  topped  with a  flavorful sauce that includes  ketchup, mirin and soy.

As  you can see below, the burgers can easily  become part of a homestyle  bento for  lunch or dinner.

Included in the bento are hanbaga with sauce, California sushi rolls, rice topped with a fried egg, and Japanese potato salad. I have  a recipe for the  potato salad  which I will be posting Sunday so look  for it.

There are a few mushrooms on the side as well. Those easily cook up in the pan with the burgers so no  additional mess.

Honestyle bento box with Japanese hamburgers

Obviously you could serve these on  buns as well with your choice of toppings. I prefer it alone, sans bun, for a flavorful take on the chopped steak.

Besides the potato salad or  steamed rice, you  could also  opt  to serve this with a fried rice. I have one  posted on  my teppenyaki shrimp  that is excellent and easy.

If you like  more vegetables, try adding  in some edamame or  tossed salad. I have a couple  appropriate recipes for  each.

As for the  type meat used in the burgers, I opted for all-beef, and prefer using Kobe beef. However, you can  easily mix in half ground pork for a different flavor twist. The cooking method and prep is the same.

Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

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Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

Japanese Hamburgers (Hanbaga)

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 314 kcal


  • 1 nonstick skillet



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1/2 cup daikon radish (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  • 8 ounces whole mushrooms (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (garnish)


  • Combine ingredients for burgers and let rest for about ten minutes.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the sauce in a small saucepan and simmer until thickened.
  • Cook the burgers in a nonstick skillet until browned on both sides.
  • Add 1 cup water and the mushrooms and continue to cook until the water evaporates and the burgers are cooked through (about 165F).
  • Serve with sauce spooned over and sprinkled lightly with toasted sesame seeds.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 31gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1119mgPotassium: 824mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 5mg
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