Our Family's Sandal-Shaped Hamburger Patties

Our Family's Sandal-Shaped Hamburger Patties

These are larger than the palm of your hand and shaped like zori (sandals). They're soft and juicy!

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Minced pork and beef 50/50 blend
300 g
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
a small amount
Salt and pepper
a small amount
Garlic powder
a small amount
Japanese Worcestershire-style sauce, ketchup
2 tablespoons each
1 pat


1. Mince the onion and fry in oil. Remove from heat and set aside until the heat dissipates.
2. In a bowl, mix the panko, milk, egg, ground meat, onion (from Step 1), salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic powder.
3. Mix until incorporated and sticky (at this point, it should be loose and with a whitish color).
4. Divide the mixture, punch out the air pockets, and form into a patty.
5. Pour a thin layer of oil in an unheated pan and add the patty. It's quite soft, so fix the shape.
6. From the center of the patty, spread out to a 2 cm thick oval shape. Avoid letting the patty crack. Turn the heat on to medium and cook.
7. Gently shake the patty in the pan and once it's cooked on one side, slide onto a plate (it's still soft so be careful).
8. Remove the excess oil from the pan and slide the uncooked patty onto the pan. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
9. Add a pat of butter, Japanese Worcestershire-style sauc,e and ketchup to the oil in the pan and heat.
10. Pour the sauce on the patty and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

It's said that it's hard to know when hamburgers are cooked through, so I cooked these thin and spread out so it's easy to tell.