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Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambagu) with Happycall Double Pan

Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambagu) with Happycall Double Pan

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“Hambagu” are Japanese hamburger steaks, and they fall into the category of Yoshoku, western-influenced cuisine. Variations are numerous, but basically all recipes use a combination of ground beef and pork mixed with finely chopped or grated onion.  Hambagu, much like the American favorite Salisbury steak, is often served in Japanese homes. Some Japanese restaurants have even made hambagu a house specialty.

  • Use of onion, garlic, and shallots is a matter of personal preference.
  • Suggestion: Japanese restaurants often mix the beef and pork at a ratio of 2:1.
  • Cooking time with a normal frypan is usually 20 to 25 minutes. The Happycall double pan speeds up the cooking process. The hambagu will be cooked in less than 10 minutes.
  • Variations are numerous. You may refer to other popular recipes, such as Just One Cookbook or No Recipes. 
  • Your choice of onion, garlic, and your choice of shallots
  • 750g ground beef/pork (Makes about 7-8 patties.)  
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chicken powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 - 2 eggs


  1. Cut onion, garlic, and shallots into pieces. Combine them into the beef and pork mixture.
  2. Add salt, chicken powder, black pepper.
  3. Beat egg well and add it to the meat mixture.
  4. Mix all the ingredients until they are combined well.
  5. Shape the meat in to thick patties. Shape the meat into 2cm-thick patties. Japanese hambagu should be thick. Make them leaner if you prefer. The Happycall double pan will help keep the juices inside regardless of the thickness. The Japanese style is recommended.

    Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambagu) by Happycall Double Pan

  6. Shape the meat into patties by forming a ball and then tossing hard it from one hand into the palm of the other. The ball will begin to flatten.
  7. Use a dish or pan on the side as you continue to form the remaining patties. As you place each patty down, gently pat it to create a smooth, flat top.
  8. Add oil. Preheat the Happycall double pan over medium high heat for 30 seconds.
  9. Place the patties in the pan.
  10. Sear one side (usually about 1 minute) and turn the patties with a spatula or tongs.

    Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambagu) by Happycall Double Pan

  11. Close the lid immediately. Cook for 1 minute in medium high heat. Turn to low heat and cook for another 3 minutes. 
  12. Flip the double pan. Cook for another 3 minutes in low heat.
  13. You can test the hambagu to see if it is ready by inserting a toothpick. If the juice comes out clear (rather than pink or red), it means the meat is cooked thoroughly.
  14. Open and enjoy. The Happycall double pan fully cooks a thick hambagu while keeping it juicy and savory.

    Japanese Hamburger Steak (Hambagu) by Happycall Double Pan

Additional information: 

  1. Remember a reasonably heated pan and heated oil (not overheating) are key.
  2. Users will need basic cooking techniques and common sense (understanding of proper heat control, knowing how to check the food periodically, and so on).
  3. Heat level, Please note that the heat levels shown below are for general reference only. Every cooktop is different. The following ranges apply if 10 is the maximum.
  • Low heat: the heat level is 1-2.
  • Medium low heat: the heat level is 3-4.
  • Medium heat: the heat level is 5.
  • Medium high heat: the heat level is 7-8.
  • High heat: the heat level is 9-10.

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