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Japanese Hamburg steak with daikon sauce

Prep Time:

25 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes


2 Servings



About the Recipe

Answer: When it's a Hamburg steak. The hamburger is so all powerful these days that most people aren't that the hamburger was originally the Hamburg steak. It was only when the Hamburg steak patty was flattened out and placed between tow pieces of bread that the hamburger was born. The original Hamburg steak is still alive and well in Japan although, like everywhere else, it is very much in the shadow of its younger brother. So this recipe is for all of you out there who prefer their Hamburg patty without the bread. Paired with my Japanese daikon sauce, I hope you'll agree that it makes a refreshing and delicious change to a Big Mac!


1/2 onion

250g minced beef

2 tbsp panko/breadcrumbs

2 tbsp milk

1/2 egg, beaten

a little salt & pepper

1/2 tbsp veg oil

2 tbsp mirin

3 tbsp japanese cooking sake

3 tbsp soy sauce

200g daikon/white radish


finely slice & chop the onion

add the milk to the panko, mix and set aside for 5 mins

put the minced beef in a bowl, add the onion, beaten egg, salt & pepper and the panko mixture and mix everything together well

take 1/2 the minced beef mixture & shape into a burger

repeat with the other 1/2

to make the Japanese onion sauce:

peel & halve the daikon lengthways, then slice. place the slices  in a blender and blend to a pulp

add the mirin & blend again into a puree

heat 1/2 tbsp of veg oil in a frying pan. fry the burgers for 3 minues with a lid on, then turn over and cook for another 2 minutes

add the cooking sake, soy sauce & daikon puree to the pan, stir the daikon puree around the burgers and cook for 5 - 6 minutes with the lid off, so that the alcohol evaporates

serve with some salad or vegetables. put your hamburg steaks on serving plates and pour over the daikon sauce

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