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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 mins
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!
Keyword Anime, Comfort Food, Easy