Harumi’s Teriyaki Hamburgers

teriyaki burger

Stacie and I are both giant fans of all of Harumi Kurihara’s cookbooks and this recipe below from Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking is a tasty Asian twist on an American classic.  Make these teriyaki burgers once, and you will be hooked.  Homemade teriyaki sauce is far easier to make than you think and we prefer it over the store bought glue-like stuff.  Make a larger batch of teriyaki sauce than you need for these burgers and keep some in the refrigerator for the following recipes:

Quick and Easy Teriyaki Vegetables

Salmon with Teriyaki Glaze and Broccoli

Chicken Teriyaki

We enjoyed the burger patties with some yard long string beans, but they will work with almost any vegetable side dish, and a steaming bowl of white (or brown) rice.  Next time, I make these “burgers”, I am thinking these patties will go into Asian/Japanese style burgers with pickled cucumbers, tangy colesaw (skip the mayo, Stacie, and make it with vinegar) and Sriracha (of course) with some baked fries with furikake.

Harumi’s Teriyaki Hamburgers

We do not eat much beef or pork, so I made them with 1 lb of ground turkey.  I also added some chilli flakes to the teriyaki sauce, just because I like a little heat in everything. 🙂


  • 2 1/2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 ground pork
  • 1 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 4-5 tbsp teriyaki sauce

For teriyaki sauce:
1 cup mirin
1/2 cup soy sauce
1.5-2 tbsp sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 450F
  2. Place breadcrumbs in a small bowl and add milk.  Set aside until all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, pork, onions, soaked breadcrumbs and egg.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using your hands, mix everything. Divide the mixture and shape into hamburgers, patting lightly on both sides to make them really firm.
  5. Over medium heat, melt butter in a frying pan. Brown the hamburger on both sides then put them into oven and for 15 mins.
  6. To make the teriyaki sauce: in a small pan, heat the mirin over how heat for 1-2 mins, then add soy sauce and sugar and simmer for additional 1-2 min. If you prefer a thicker sauce, add corn flour solution until you reach your desired thickness in the sauce.
  7. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the cooked burgers

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