Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambāgu): Inspired by Fruits Basket (gluten free)

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Today I’m making Japanese Hamburger Steak from Fruits Basket.

You guys have been asking for a Fruits Basket recipe, so here it is! A special dinner for Kyo!

Hamburger steak is a simple and easy dinner that is honestly so tasty! Plus it’s really easy to sub the ingredients and make it gluten free, so no worries there.I highly recommend serving the patties on a bed of fresh rice with a side of roasted veggies. Topped with the sauce made from the pan drippings, it really ties everything together. So comforting and delicious!

Ugh now I’m so hungry…

I make my veg with a special miso & mirin sauce that pairs so well with the rest of the dish so I’m sharing that recipe below as well. I honestly roast my veggies this way all the time and it’s always perfect. But there is something especially nice about the mix of flavours from the vegetables and the meat.

Something unique they did in the show was topping the patty with a runny egg. It’s not something I had tried before but now I’m sold! It really makes a big difference so you definitely need to try it. We’ve been adding the egg to this dish every since, and I’ll never go back!

Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambāgu): Inspired by Fruits Basket

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Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambāgu): Inspired by Fruits Basket

Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambāgu): Inspired by Fruits Basket (gluten free)

Inspired by Fruits Basket, I’m making Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambāgu). Hamburger steak is a simple and easy dinner that is honestly so tasty! Served on a bed of fresh rice with a side of roasted veggies, topped with a sauce made from the pan drippings, everything comes together so well! The finishing touch is a runny egg on top and OMG, this dish is so comforting and delicious!
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6


For the Hambagu Steak (Hamburger Steak):

  • 1 Tbsp neutral flavoured oil
  • 1/2 medium sized onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pounds ground pork could substitute for ground beef but I prefer pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs gluten free
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce gluten free (often has barley in it so be sure to check!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp neutral flavoured oil for cooking
  • 2 Tbsp water for steaming

For the Sauce:

  • Pan drippings
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 3 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Splash of red wine optional but really delicious!

To Serve:

  • Freshly steamed Japanese rice
  • 6 Sunny side up eggs 1 egg per serving (should be served on top of each patty)
  • Roasted veggies: My go to mix of veggies for this is broccoli, carrots, and Japanese sweet potatoes. Chop the veggies into bite size pieces, toss with a mix of oil, mirin and white miso paste, spread on a baking tray, season with salt and pepper and roast until tender and the edges are brown and crisp.


  • On medium heat, add oil to a pan and cook the onions until slightly brown. Stir often to prevent sticking. I like the onions a little burnt on the edges. (You can add more oil if your onions are getting really stuck).
  • Turn heat down low and add garlic to cook for a couple of minutes.
  • In a large bowl, add the rest of your steak ingredients. Once the onions cool enough to handle, add them to the bowl and mix all together until homogenous.
  • Divide the meat mixture into six evenly sized patties. You want them plump, not flat like burgers.
  • Mix your sauce ingredients (without the pan drippings) and set aside.
  • On medium heat, heat oil in a large frying pan. Make an indent with your thumb in the middle of your patties to help prevent them from turning into baseballs and gently add them to your pan.
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until the bottom is browned, flip and repeat.
  • Once browned on both sides, turn the heat down low, add water to the pan, cover with a lid and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the patties are fully cooked inside. (Check with a thermometer!)
  • Remove the patties from the pan but keep all the drippings (bits of goodness) stuck to the pan.
  • Add the sauce to the pan and simmer while mixing.
  • Once thickened, pour the sauce over the hamburger steaks!
  • Fill your bowl with rice and veggies, top rice with a patty, pour sauce over the top and top with an egg. Itadakimasu!
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