Japanese Hamburger Steak


This content originally appeared on Low Carb Yum. Republished with permission.

In Japan, hamburger steak is called “hamburg” or “hambagu.” This is more of a western-style food – it’s not traditional Japanese food – that families in Japan love to cook. Even though it has the word hamburger in it, it doesn’t have the same texture as what we know of as hamburgers. Instead, it looks and tastes more like meatloaf. You could almost call these “low-carb meatloaf patties.” They taste amazing!

Check out the original post to read the answers to frequently asked questions about this recipe.

Japanese hamburger patties

Japanese Hamburger Steak

Easy to make hamburger steaks with a zesty Asian flare. And with just 3g net carbs with the tasty sauce, they are perfect for keto meals.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 348 kcal per serving


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup pork rind crumbs
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/4 cup sugar free ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoon red cooking wine


  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the hamburger steak in a large mixing bowl, and knead with your hands to combine the mixture well.

  2. Form the meat mixture into 8 evenly sized hamburger patties.

  3. Place the hamburger patties in a large oiled skillet over medium-high heat on the stove, and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through.

  4. Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.

  5. Drain any extra meat from the skillet with the hamburger steaks. Pour the sauce over the hamburger steaks, and cook for another several minutes. Let cook for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you want to use a drinking wine, Merlot cooks well with red meats like ground beef and steak.

Flavored pork rinds can be used if you want to change up the taste.

To make ahead, simple prepare the patties and freeze them. The patties can then be cooked frozen and the sauce prepared fresh.

Nutrition Facts

Japanese Hamburger Steak

Amount Per Serving

Calories 348 Calories from Fat 234

% Daily Value*

Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Cholesterol 114mg38%

Sodium 321mg14%

Potassium 397mg11%

Carbohydrates 3g1%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 22g44%

Vitamin A 123IU2%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 37mg4%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.

Japanese Hamburger Steak Recipe

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