Wafu Oroshi Hamburger Steak 和風おろしハンバーグ

Wafu Oroshi Hamburger Steak

I have another Japanese Hamburger Steak recipe to share with you and it is super yummy. The best way I like to describe Hamburger Steak is that it is like a mini meatloaf. You can find Hamburger Steak all over Japan and it is probably one of the most popular Yoshoku dishes on a Family Restaurant menu. Family Restaurants are Japan’s answer to the American chain-restaurant but with much better food. They are fairly large restaurants often with substantial parking lots and most are open twenty-four hours. Family restaurants generally serve a mix of Western, Yoshoku and Japanese cuisine. There really is something for everyone.

Denny’s (nothing like the Denny’s in the United States, so much better food) and another family restaurant chain I loved in College, Skylark, had the best Hamburger Steak in my honest opinion. When hubby and I first started dating we would meet up at Skylark between school and our part time jobs. We were both so busy we usually just had time for a quick bite and it was convenient to meet up at a family restaurant since there were so many of them around us. My favorite thing to order was always Wafu Oroshi Hamburger, a Japanese style Hamburger Steak with Grated Daikon and a sweet soy sauce glaze drizzled on top. So good and perfect with rice.

I think this is the perfect recipe to kick off the Fall season and the cooler weather we are getting in Seattle. I will be back in Tokyo next month and I’m sure I will be stopping by a Family Restaurant to have Hamburger Steak. Happy Fall!

Ingredients: Serves 4

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/3 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 – 1/2 Daikon turnip, peeled, grated & squeezed to remove excess water

Sauce for Hamburger Steak:

1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1 cup Mirin
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Sake
5 Scallions, chopped

Preparation:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to a small skillet or frying pan and place over medium high heat. When pan is hot add chopped onion and quickly sauté to get most of the moisture out of the onions. When onions start to soften turn heat to low and slowly cook until slightly brown and caramelized, stirring often to make sure they don’t burn. Set aside and let cool completely.

In a small dish add the milk to the Panko and slightly mix to soften the Panko. In another medium sized bowl add ground beef, onions, panko & milk mixture, egg, salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix thoroughly (your hands work best) making sure the ingredients are completely mixed together. Divide into four patties.

Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large, oven safe skillet or frying pan. When oil is hot add the patties. When bottom side is nicely browned, flip over to the other side and place pan into the oven for about ten minutes depending on desired doneness.

While the Hamburgers are cooking you can make the sauce. In a small saucepan add the sauce ingredients and stir well over high heat. Let sauce boil for a few minutes to get rid of the alcohol. Lower heat to medium and reduce slightly, about ten minutes.

To serve top each Hamburger Steak with about 1/4 cup (after water is squeezed out) of grated daikon and drizzle generously with the sauce. I like to serve with a green salad or grilled vegetables on the side and Japanese rice.

Wafu Oroshi Hamburger Steak 和風おろしハンバーグ
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1½ pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ⅓ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ⅓ - ½ Daikon turnip, peeled, grated & squeezed to remove excess water
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  • Sauce for Hamburger Steak:
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Mirin
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Sake
  • 5 Scallions, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to a small skillet or frying pan and place over medium high heat. When pan is hot add chopped onion and quickly sauté to get most of the moisture out of the onions. When onions start to soften turn heat to low and slowly cook until slightly brown and caramelized, stirring often to make sure they don't burn. Set aside and let cool completely.
  3. In a small dish add the milk to the Panko and slightly mix to soften the Panko. In another medium sized bowl add ground beef, onions, panko & milk mixture, egg, salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix thoroughly (your hands work best) making sure the ingredients are completely mixed together. Divide into four patties.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large, oven safe skillet or frying pan. When oil is hot add the patties. When bottom side is nicely browned, flip over to the other side and place pan into the oven for about ten minutes depending on desired doneness.
  5. While the Hamburgers are cooking you can make the sauce. In a small saucepan add the sauce ingredients and stir well over high heat. Let sauce boil for a few minutes to get rid of the alcohol. Lower heat to medium and reduce slightly, about ten minutes.
  6. To serve top each Hamburger Steak with about ¼ cup (after water is squeezed out) of grated daikon and drizzle generously with the sauce. I like to serve with a green salad or grilled vegetables on the side and Japanese rice.

 

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