August 2, 2016

Japanese-Style Omelette Burger

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Japanese Hamburger Omelette 

I've read about but not made nor eaten an American hamburger omelette. However, when the dish appears in a currently airing Japanese drama (dorama), A Girl and Three Sweethearts, I noticed that it is not served with bread but in a shallow pool of demi-glace. That's interesting.

Japanese Omelette Burger

Japanese-style hamburgers [and other Asian burgers] are a bit different because the meat is seasoned with a little onion and sake and softer like meatloaf with the addition of bread crumbs, milk, and egg. The Japanese burger steaks are usually served with a sauce made with a combination of ketchup and wooster sauce.

I made a few [Filipino- style] burgers and wrapped one in a 3-egg omelette but cheated on the demi-glace sauce. I used a little of my homemade beef broth, some ready made beef powder, red wine, and homemade ketchup for the demi-glace. Oishii!

Japanese-Style Omelette Burger
burgers (my version)
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons milk
1 pound 80/20 ground beef
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder, optional
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
a dash of ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sake
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional 
1 egg

omelette for 1 serving
3 eggs, well beaten
dash of salt
½ teaspoon mirin, optional
1 teaspoon butter

1 cup ketchup or tonkatsu sauce
2 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Burgers: Moisten bread crumbs with milk. Mix in all the ingredients. Form into 4 patties and cook well done in a dry cast iron skillet. Keep warm while making the omelette. 
  • Omelette: Melt butter over low-medium heat in a cast iron skillet. Stir salt and mirin into the eggs and mix well. Cook omelette until bottom is dry but top is still moist. Place a cooked hamburger in the middle of the omelette and fold on all sides towards the center. Flip omelette burger onto a plate or a small cast iron skillet. 
  • Sauce: Heat ketchup, water, and Worcestershire sauce; adjust thickness with more water or ketchup. (If you have the time, make a proper demi-glace.)
Japanese Hamburger Omelette
  • Omelette Burger:  Pour ¼ cup to ½ cup of sauce around the omelette. Serve while warm. 


Anonymous said...

I attempted this today but it didn't turn out prettily :(

Anonymous said...

Alternative sauce? I'm watching the drama too and I'm always hungry lol

luqman hakim said...

what the name of the drama?

Anonymous said...

I watched the drama last week and I really want to try cooking this omelette hamburger.

Anonymous said...

I also watched the drama and directly searched for that omelette hamburger,it looks delicious, Im going to try to substitute the ketchup to another sauce
Thank you for the recipe

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