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Japanese Hamburger Steak

Juicy, savory, tender beef patty stuffed with melting cheese inside, topped with red wine reduction steak sauce drizzled all over the hamburger steak. You didn’t think I would not include one of the most ICONIC recipes, Japanese Hamburger Steak, in my Cooking Mama Series, did you? Japanese Hamburger Steak is the perfect weeknight dinner but also the perfect date night meal as well. It is fancy, with accessible ingredients, and easy to make at home. Get ready to try this juicy and delicious Hamburger Steak that will melt in your mouth!
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: Easy, Easy Recipes, Japanese Food
Yield: 8 Patties


  • 1 lb of Ground Beef
  • 0.5 lb of Ground Pork
  • ¾ cup of Panko
  • 1 Large Onion chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 tbsp of Milk
  • 1 cup of cheese cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup of Red Wine or Beef Stock
  • ¼ cup of Water
  • For the Sauce
  • ½ cup of Red Wine
  • 2 tbsp of Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tbsp of Ketchup
  • 4 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce


  • In a pan, add in chopped onion, drizzle in oil, and saute on medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until the onion is soft and slightly brown.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, ground pork, panko, egg, salt and pepper, soy sauce, milk, and saute onions. Knead and mix thoroughly until everything is combined. This process may take around 3-5 minutes to keep kneading until the meat becomes sticky.
  • Form patty into your desire size; I recommend making eight patties. Using your hands, form the patty into a ball. Make a dent in the middle and add cheese cubes. Push it downwards and add more ground meat before tightly forming it into a ball. Toss between two hands at least 5-10 times to push out all the air bubbles. Let it rest in the freezer for 10 minutes. I like to keep it as a ball as I find it is easier to move it to the pan later on before frying.
  • Drizzle oil into a pan and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the pan is hot, add in the beef patties. Using your thumb, make a dent in the middle to prevent the meat from exploding. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Add in ¼ cup of Red Wine and ¼ cup of Water. Put the lid on and let it cook for 5 minutes. This steaming process makes the patty EXTRA juicy.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the patty and set it aside. In the same pan, add in butter, red wine, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Turn the heat to medium, and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the beef patty and serve rice, salad, mash potatoes, or grilled vegetables. Enjoy!



It can last in the fridge for up to 4 days, and you can also freeze it for up to one month.