What’s up, my happy eating friends? What I have for you today is (drum roll please…) Japanese Hamburg Steak! If you never heard of Hamburg (pronounced ham-bur-gg) steak, don’t feel bad because I am going to enlighten you how to make this soon-to-be your favorite dish! It is a Japanese dish that was adapted by Korean. My hamburg steak is made with savory turkey meat that is seasoned with sautéed onion and bacon and covered with sweet and sour sauce that is absolutely out of this world!
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Before we jump into how to make this amazing dish, let me tell you little bit about the history of hamburg steak. It was originated in Germany and gained its world wide popularity in 19th century. During this time, the dish was introduced to Japan and instantly it was loved by all the home cooks in Japan. Then this popular dish was introduced to Korea and we tweaked the dish to our liking. It seems like if it is a delicious dish, people around the world will find out sooner or later to enjoy 🙂
Japanese Hamburg Steak is usually made with ground beef but I wanted it to be little more waist line friendly so I used turkey meat instead. Ground turkey is delicious and healthier than ground beef but turkey meat tends to get dry very easily. To doctor this situation up, I sautéed my onion with some bacon and used bacon fat to fix any dryness in the meat. I guess this may not be so waist line friendly after all, haha.
In Korea and Japan, they serve hamburg steak with rice. Since I felt smudge guilty about using bacon fat as moisturizing element in my dish, I skipped the rice and served mine with chopped broccoli and roasted mushroom. You can of course pair this with any salad. But feel free to serve this right by placing big scoop of rice on the side 😉
The patty itself has so much flavor that it won’t disappoint you if you decided to make burger out of it. I guaranteed that it’s going to be one of the best turkey burger you will ever taste! But what makes it absolutely out of the world is the sauce. It is strikingly simple to make but the flavor is just beyond delicious.
Let’s make this Japanese style Hamburg Steak at home tonight and treat your family to an amazing dinner that will soon to be their favorite!
Happy eating, my friends!
- 3 slices bacon, chopped
- ¼ large onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1.2 pounds ground turkey
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ large onion, sliced
- 4 ounces button mushroom, sliced
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon corn starch
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- In a small non-stick skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter on medium high heat.
- Once the butter melts, add bacon and onion. Stir until onions become translucent. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bacon shouldn’t be crispy but no longer raw and pink. Set it aside.
- In a large mixing bowl. add ground turkey, Panko bread crumbs, sautéed onion with bacon, 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of ketchup, and an egg. Mix until they are well incorporated but don’t over work the meat mixture. As soon as they look to be mixed, you are done.
- Divide the mixture into six patties (a little smaller than a size of baseball).
- In a large non-stick skillet (with the lid), heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on a medium high heat. Add the patties and cook until they are browned on both sides (3-4 minutes per side). Once the both sides are browned, add about ¼ cup of water to the pan and put the lid on. Lower the heat to low and shake the pan slightly so the patties are not sticking to the pan.
- Cook for 5-8 minutes. Check time to time and see if all the water evaporated. If the water is almost gone, add tablespoon or so to the pan and put the lid on again. Continue to cook for couple more minutes.
- Meanwhile the patties are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the mushroom. Once the mushroom started to release water, add 2 teaspoon of vegetable oil and add onion. Stir until onion becomes translucent.
- Add 4 tablespoons of each sugar and ketchup to the pan and add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add ½ cup of water and lower the heat.
- Let it simmer until the sauce thickens slightly (about 3-5 minutes).
- In a small bowl, mix together ½ teaspoon corn starch and 1 tablespoon of water. Add this to sauce mixture slowly by stirring. The sauce will quickly thicken up. Season with ½ teaspoon of pepper.
- Serve the cooked patties with sauce on top.