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Hamburger Steak Recipe

Japanese Hamburger Steak, called  hamburg, is not exactly Japanese food, but like Tonkatsu, it is very popular home cooking.   It is more western style food and loved especially by children (and any meat lovers).

I’ve been eating Japanese Hamburger Steak as long as I remember..over 40 years ( it can not be that long!  I’m only 25..), so it is around for a long time.  It must be a dish inspired by American or European ground meat dish, however, Japanese Hamburger Steak is not exactly American hamburger which is between buns.  The texture is more like meatloaf in the US.   In ground meat (typically half pork and half beef) you mix in Panko bread crumbs and eggs, so it is light and soft enough to eat with chopsticks.

Not only it is home cooking dish, but you can find it at a lot of restaurants such as family restaurants (famiresu) in Japan.  They even have Hamburger Steak specialty restaurants there!

This recipe is the very typical  hamburger that everyone thinks of, beef and pork with ketchup sauce.  But you can make it from any combination or by itself  of beef, pork, chicken, turkey or tofu.  Its sauce can be different, too.  I like a steak with Japanese sauce, grated daikon raddish, soy sauce and vinegar.  That can be in another video in some other time.

This hamburger patties freeze well, so make the whole recipe and save some for another tasty dinner.

Hamburger Steak

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 steaks

Hamburger Steak


  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumb
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp worcester sauce
  • 1-2 tsp oil
  • ---Sauce---
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup worcester sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp sake (or wine)


  1. Put Panko in a large bowl, add milk and stir.
  2. Add meat, onion, egg, salt, pepper and worcester sauce to the Panko mixture. Mix with your hands very well.
  3. Divide the meat into 8 pieces and roll into oval balls. Push down to flat steaks and make an indentation in the middle. (if you would like to freeze some, wrap each steaks with plastic.)
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan at medium temperature, place the patties in the hot oil, and fry for 4-5 minutes on one side. Flip over and fry for 3-4 minutes covered until cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile mix ketchup and worcester sauce in a bowl.
  6. Uncover the pan, add sake, then ketchup sauce, and cook for 30 seconds.

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  • Stephanie
    October 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried it tonight for dinner, and my husband and I really enjoyed it. I love your website and look forward to trying more recipes!

    • Yuko
      October 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank you for trying our recipe! I’m glad to hear that you and your husband enjoyed it!

  • gpm perfect meatloaf
    November 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Good work, keep it up!

  • May Chapman
    April 12, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Hi, I used to love this when I was living in japan. My question is, what do you normally serve this with? thank you!:-)

    • Noriko
      April 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      you can serve it with shredded cabbage, miso soup, and steamed rice.

  • Jose
    April 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I made this last week, everyone loved it, it is very easy and tasty. I want to ask though, if i want to save some, do i put them in the fridge after or before frying?

    • Noriko
      May 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      before you cook wrap well and freeze.

  • Simon
    April 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Can u use Italian bread crumbs?

    • Noriko
      April 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      should be fine.

  • Alvin
    May 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Can I use only ground beef or ground pork for the recipe instead of both?

    • Noriko
      June 3, 2014 at 12:43 am


  • anny
    June 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    can i not use the worcester sauce and sake? i dont have any on hand

    • Noriko
      September 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      it’s ok not use them, but your sauce is going to be mere ketchup.

  • Muriah
    August 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    This is something my husband and I enjoyed while living in Japan, but the biggest surprise was that my beef-hating son ate two patties (with plain ketchup instead of the sauce). Thanks for the recipe, I will be using it again!

    • Noriko
      September 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      thanks for trying our Hamburger Steak recipe! Come back for more recipes.

  • Zenn
    October 6, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Dear Yuko and Noriko

    I just want to Thank You for sharing all these amazing recipes. Your videos are easy to follow and gives me the confidence that I can cook it too! My hamburger steak came out looking ok and I was surprised when I cut it with a fork, the inside is moist, so delicious…I really love your website and have shared the link with some friends. I’m looking forward to try your other recipes, you both are now my sensei in Japanese cooking! Arigato ne…

    Regards, Zenn

    • Noriko
      October 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      glad you liked our Hamburger Steak recipe! Spread the words about Japanese Cooking 101 to the world~!

    October 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I love this recipe! It is so easy and delicious. I am making it now as I type!

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      glad you liked our Hamburger Steak! Come back for more recipes!

  • Joseph
    October 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This doesn’t taste like the hamburger steaks I had at “Family Restaurants” in Japan. It tastes just like plain ol’ meatloaf.

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      I’m sorry that our Hamburger Steak didn’t meet your expectations. We have a lot of tasty recipes and hope you can find your favorite!

  • someone who needs help
    February 27, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    does it matter what kind of wine we use?

    • Noriko
      March 2, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      No. We use Sake, but you could use cooking wine, too.

  • Christina
    April 10, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Just made it for myself and two kids! Added sautéed onions and mushrooms and it is Delish! Thank you! Is the shredded cabbage as a side cooked? Or raw?

    • Noriko
      April 10, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      It’s raw cabbage, but it is very good when sliced finely.

  • Worchester
    September 2, 2016 at 7:23 am

    You say Worcester but do you mean Worchester?

  • Sheila
    September 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

    My phone messed up my question. I meant to ask if you meant worcestershire sauce.