Japanese Style Hamburg Steak

Posted April 29th, 2010 in Food 3 Comments »

Try this wafu hamburg steak!  It’s easy to make, low in calorie, and simply delicious ♪


<serves 4>

  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 onion, small
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 200g daikon radish
  • 4 shiso leaves  (*)
  • 4 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs butter  
  • 400g Portabello mushroom
  1. Grate daikon radish.  Drain well.  Keep in the fridge until needed.
  2. Chop onion.  Heat 1 tsp of butter in a frying pan, and saute the onion until almost transparent.  Transfer the onion to a bowl, and let it cool down. 
  3. Place beef mince, nutmeg and salt into the bowl, and mix well with cooled onion-saute.  Divide to 4, and shape into patties.  Flatten the centre.  (**)
  4. Heat 1 tbs of butter in a frying pan and saute halved mushroom.  Season well.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. Heat the same pan and sear patties both side.  Turn down the heat and cook through.  Placing a lid helps faster cooking and keeps the moisture.
  6. Place soy sauce, lemon juice and water in a small sauce pan and bring to simmer.
  7. Arrange patties on serving plates, top with grated daikon radish and shredded shiso leaves, and drizzle the tangy sauce over.  Accompany with sauteed mushroom.
* Unfortunately shiso leaf is hard to find in Perth.  You can substitute with chopped chives, spring onion or shredded nori (kizami nori
** When you shape the patties, toss them between your palms as if you are playing with balls.  This helps to remove the air from the mince and prevent the patty from breaking during cooking.  (if the patty breaks, all the juice comes out from the patty as well as the flavor)

3 Comments on “Japanese Style Hamburg Steak”

  1. 1 lwyen said at 9:30 pm on May 1st, 2010:

    Hi, where can I get daikon radish from?

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 9:41 am on May 2nd, 2010:

    Hi Iwyen,

    I normally buy it from Yee Seng Oriental in Myaree, or Fruits and Vegetable shop in Market City in Canning Vale.
    I’ve seen daikon at some Woolworth too.

    I’m sure you can find it at some Asian grocery shops, and Fruits and Veggies stores. 😀

  3. 3 How to Make One Dang Good Hamburg Steak | Life as a Newly Grad Expat said at 5:08 pm on July 11th, 2014:

    I didn’t trust my cooking since I suck at it.. but seriously, it was really good.  I got recipe inspiration from Ume, but changed it around a bit as Sydney doesn’t really provide shiso leaf 😉

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