Hi, it’s Yuto (@sudachi.recipe) again.
What is Japanese Hamburg Steak!?
Burger without buns?
Okay, some of you might think it's crazy.
If I explain Japanese Hamburg Steak in the simplest way, that would be a hamburger without a bun or salad.
Yeah I know you might think "Why would you do that!?" "That's insane!"
Well, but actually it's slightly different from just "burger without buns"
Origin of Hamburg
As the name literally tells, the origin of this dish is Hamburg, Germany.
In the 18th century, they started cooking mince meat with breadcrumbs (Called Frikadeller) and that's the origin of Hamburg.
And it spread to places over time including The US.
Travelling to Japan
It is said that the Hamburg traveled to Japan in early 20th century.
But it had only become popular among Japanese families in 1960's as the mince meat was fairly cheap to get compared to other meats back then.
Then they started to arrange the dish to their tastes.
What is Used for Japanese Hamburg Steak?
Mince, Onion, Panko
These three ingredients are the heart of the dish.
People who like extra meaty hamburgs go with these three simple ingredients, but some people might put carrot, cabbage, spring onion...etc for extra vegetables.
As for mince meat, usually beef mince or beef/pork mix mince are used.
Different types of sauces for Hamburg
Hamburg sauces are very versatile.
Most popular sauces are:
- Demi-glace sauce
- Soy sauce base wafu sauce
- Tomato base sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Cheese sauce
There are so many kinds, just like regular steaks.