Jan 24, 2020

Cheese Hambagu チーズハンバーグ

Good thing that my cheese hambagu pictures turn out ok still. 

Besides carrot, I was going to boil some broccoli to arrange around the meat patties. However, I was slightly frightened by the little black things found in between florets, they were moving too! Maybe next time, but I'm going to stick with carrot, just carrot for now.

Cheese Hambagu チーズハンバーグ -

Ingredients (about 4 portions)?

  • 240 grams ground pork
  • 200 grams ground chicken
  • 200 grams mixed shredded cheese
  • 1 small purple onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Some dried seaweed powder or threaded seaweed (optional)


Ground beef/ground pork combo probably turns out more flavorful for this hambagu recipe, but couldn't get a hold of ground beef, so I switched to ground chicken instead. Good thing is that this recipe also involves melted cheese, so even with leaner ground chicken, oozing cheese came to a rescue.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit/205 degrees Celsius. Use a cast iron, or line a baking dish with foil instead.

Peel and thinly slice the onion. Transfer to cast iron or baking dish. 

Peel and roughly cut the carrot into chunks. Fill a pot with water and add in the carrot, bring to a boil and cook till the carrot reaches desired texture. Drain and set aside for later use.

Take a medium bowl, mix in ground pork, ground chicken, 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup panko, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Mix till combined. Separate the mixture evenly then form into patties.

Take one palm-ful of mixed cheese and squeeze tightly to form a small ball. Insert the cheese ball to the center of each patty. Reshape the meat patty and make sure the cheese ball is fully encased within.

Drizzle some olive oil to a pan and turn to medium high heat. Once warmed up, transfer the patties over and sear till slightly browned. Flip and continue to sear the other side till colored. 

Transfer seared patties to cast iron or baking dish, arrange the patties above onion slices. Add in more mixed cheese on top of meat patties. 

Into the oven and bake till cheese melts, about 15 minutes. 

Once ready, serve the cheese hambagu with cast iron, or transfer both the patty and onion slices to another serving plate. Garnish with boiled carrot. Also garnish with dried seaweed powder or threaded seaweed if using.

There is no need to adjust the seasonings if using ground beef instead of ground chicken. The end result should be more flavorful with extra beefy aroma. But I'm happy with oozing cheese inside whatsoever.

About my broccoli, maybe I should put on the gloves and see what to do with the residents there.

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