The Definitive Kinpira Stir-fry Rice Burger!

The Definitive Kinpira Stir-fry Rice Burger!

I wanted to make a kinpira rice burger for my hubby's lunch, and experimented late in the night. This is close to the real thing.

Ingredients: 2 burgers

Plain cooked rice
4 small rice bowls' worth
Soy sauce
To taste
two 10 cm long rashers
Nori seaweed
2 sheets
For the kinpira stir-fry ingredients:
Burdock root (soaked in water first, then julienned)
About 1.5 times the amount of carrot
Carrot (julienned)
Beef (chopped finely)
A small amount
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons
White sesame seeds
To taste
Red chili pepper (seeds removed and finely chopped)
To taste
The sauce ingredients:
Soy sauce
3 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
1 cup (200 ml)


1. Make kinpira in bulk for later use. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, and stir fry the beef, the well drained burdock root, and carrot.
2. Add sugar and continue stir frying. Add the combined sauce ingredients.
3. Add the red chili pepper, and simmer until the sauce is reduced to about 1/3.
4. Add sesame seeds while crushing with your fingers, and the kinpira is done!!
5. Put the rice in a grinding bowl (mortar), and grind the rice grains with a pestle. Continue until the rice forms a rough mochi dough and comes together.
6. Form the rice as shown in the photo. (I shaped the patties with my hands.) Pan fry on both sides until hard and crispy in an oiled frying pan.
7. Brush the rice patties evenly with soy sauce (use a pastry brush if you can), then return to the pan to fry until browned. Pan fry the bacon also.
8. Stack in this order: Rice patty → nori seaweed → kinpira → bacon → rice patty. Done!

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make a "Kinpira rice burger" that could be eaten with one hand for my hubby, so I tried it out.
The filling has beef in it so you can leave out the bacon, but the rice burger they serve at Mos Burger (a Japanese fast-food chain) has bacon in it and we like that, so I copied it.