Hamburger Steaks with Lotus Root

Hamburger Steaks with Lotus Root

These are crunchy-crispy hamburger patties with lotus root. If you don't like the crispy texture of lotus root, you can also try grating it.

Ingredients: 3 servings

★ Ground beef, or ground beef and pork mix
150 g
★ Lotus root
150 g
★ Onion
1/2 (about 100 g)
★ Egg
★ Panko
1/2 cup - 100 ml
★ Salt
1/2 teaspoon
★ Pepper
a small amount
★ Nutmeg
a small amount (optional)
Vegetable oil
1 teaspoon
For the Japanese-flavored sauce:
● Water
● Sake
25 ml (1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons)
● Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
● Mirin
1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon
2 teaspoons


1. Chop the onion finely and microwave for 1 minute at 600 W in a heatproof container. Let it cool down completely.
2. Peel the lotus root. Mince half and grate the rest.
3. In a bowl, mix the ★ ingredients and knead until sticky and well incorporated.
4. Divide the meat mixture into 3 portions. Form each into a oval shaped patty, smacking down on them with your palms to eliminate air pockets.
5. Heat a pan with the vegetable oil, then add the patties carefully. Make an indentation in the middle of each patty. Cook over medium-high heat for about a minute.
6. When the patties are browned, flip over and wipe off the excess oil. Cover with a lid and steam-fry over low heat for 8 minutes.
7. Transfer the hamburgers to serving plates. Wipe off the pan and add the ● ingredients. Bring to a boil over low heat.
8. When the sauce is bubbling, add the katakuriko dissolved in water, mixing constantly. When the sauce is thickened, it's done.
9. Pour the sauce over the hamburger steaks. Enjoy while piping hot.

Story Behind this Recipe

I was wondering what it would be like if I added the crunchy texture of lotus root to hamburger steaks, and thus this recipe was born.