Menchi-Katsu (Fried Ground Meat Cutlets) with Lots of Cabbage

Menchi-Katsu (Fried Ground Meat Cutlets) with Lots of Cabbage

These are very healthy menchi-katsu (breaded and deep fried ground meat burgers) with lots of cabbage in them. Even my vegetable-hating kids love these.

Ingredients: 4 servings (8 cutlets)

Ground meat (mixed beef and pork)
400 g
300 g
♦ Egg
♦ Panko
1/3 cup (66 ml)
♦ Milk
2 tablespoons
♦ Seasoned salt + coarsely ground black pepper
To taste


1. Finely shop the cabbage and onion. (Use a food processor for this to save time.)
2. Cover the onion loosely with plastic wrap, microwave for 2 minutes and leave to cool.
3. When the onion has cooled down, combine the ground meat, cabbage, onion and the ♦ ingredients and mix together well.
4. Divide the mixture into 8 portions, and form into flat patties.
5. Coat the patties in flour, beaten egg and panko in that order (not listed).
6. Deep fry the patties in 170°C oil for about 5 minutes.
7. Drain the cutlets well for about a minute after taking them out of the oil. (The cutlets will continue cooking with residual heat as they drain.)
8. Serve with vegetables on the side. I recommend eating them with tonkatsu sauce.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to make normally very heavy menchi katsu into something more healthy yet still delicious.
I aimed for light rather than a heavy texture.