Menchi Katsu Burgers
Ah burgers, a worldwide favourite but this time with a touch of Japanese flare! Menchi Katsu is quintessential yoshoku; Japanese-Western style fusion dishes where a recipe, usually from Europe or America, has been adapted to suit Japanese tastes. Made from succulent panko-breaded burgers, Menchi Katsu are perfect for bento lunch boxes, evening meals and party food.
Part of the same tasty family as katsu cutlets and korokke, Menchi Katsu are easy to prepare and delicious in a traditional burger bun, sandwiched between thick slices of bread or served with rice. Follow our recipe for Menchi Katsu and enjoy the versatility of this popular Japanese take on the humble burger.
• 200g Minced Beef (not a lean cut)
• 100g Minced Pork (or chicken)
• 4 tbsp Panko Breadcrumbs
• 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
• 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
• 1/2 Medium Onion
• 2 – 3 tbsp Milk
• 1 Egg
• Salt and Pepper to season
• Oil for cooking
• Plain Flour for dusting
• 1 Egg, beaten
• 4 tbsp Panko Breadcrumbs
• 2 tbsp Tonkatsu Sauce
• ⅙ White Cabbage, shredded
• 4 small Brioche Buns
(Alternatively use 8 thick slices of White Bread or 300g of cooked Japanese Rice).
Suggested Drink: Asahi Beer
How to prepare
Finely chop the onion and sauté in a pan with a little oil until soft. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Next, in a large bowl soak the panko in the milk, add the minced meat and mix together by hand. Then add the cooled cooked onions, egg, worcestershire sauce and soy sauce, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Mix well once more.
Separate the mixture into 4 equally sized portions and mould into rounded patties, indenting the centre a little with your finger to ensure it cooks through evenly. Dust each patty with plain flour and dip into the beaten egg.
Spread the panko breadcrumbs on a plate and cover the patties on both sides with the breadcrumbs. Fill a wok with oil for deep frying. Heat the oil until a small sprinkle of panko sizzles when added.
Deep fry the burger patties in cooking oil on a medium-high temperature (about 150°C/300°F) turning several times until golden brown on the outside. Remove from the oil and drain on a wire rack.
To serve, make a Menchi Katsu Burger by slicing and buttering a brioche bun, adding a handful of shredded white cabbage, a menchikatsu burger and drizzling with tonkatsu sauce. Alternatively make a Menchi Katsu Sandwich with white bread and cabbage, or simply serve on a plate with rice, shredded cabbage and tonkatsu dipping sauce.
Tips and information
• Menchi Katsu are very versatile and are fantastic the next day in a bento lunchbox.
• If you prefer a less oily cooking method, drizzle with oil and oven cook for 30-40 minutes at 450°F/230°C/Gas Mark 8.