Easy and Juicy Microwave Hamburger Steak(with Japanese Style Sauce)

Super easy, mess free delicious hamburger steak (from the original Japanese recipe book which was made specifically for the Microwave Donabe)
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Easy and Juicy Microwave Hamburger Steak(with Japanese Style Sauce)

These hamburger steaks are super juicy and full of flavor. You can add cheese inside or on the top of the patties. You can change up the sauce by adding/mixing your favorite condiments to create your sauce. This dish is very popular at home and at restaurants in Japan. It's usually cooked in a frying pan, but with this Microwave Donabe, you can still make a delicious & juicy hamburger steak easily, quickly and mess-free! The secret key point  is putting all the ingredients in a ziplock bag and mixing them. I added my original sauce in this recipe. You can cook this recipe in less than 15 min!! 

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 15 mins 2 Servings: 2

★ The amount of ingredients and heating time are measured for 1 ~ 2 people


★ cooking times may vary depending on your microwave's wattage, brand and size


  1. Place ground beef, panko bread crumbs, milk (or water), chicken bouillon, salt & pepper, and egg in a ziplock bag and mix well.

  2. Make 2~3 patties and place them in the Donabe. ***1

  3. Without the lid, microwave the Donabe with the patties inside for 3~4 minutes. ***2

  4. Combine ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Korean BBQ sauce, and soy sauce to make a sauce.

  5. Remove any excess fat from the Donabe (if necessary).

  6. Pour the sauce (from step 4) over the patties and heat without the lid for 20 seconds. *** 3

    ***1... You can make 3 smaller patties or make 2 larger patties. ***2... Please adjust the cooking time if the patties are not cooked through. (add 30 seconds at a time to avoid over cooking the patties) ***3... If you cook it too long, the sauce might bubble out. Please adjust the cooking time. (If your microwave has the power level setting, heat at 60% for 1 min)
Keywords: egg, ground beef, panko (bread crumbs), milk,

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June Voss

CEO and creator of Japanese Goods USA

Hi, I'm June Voss, CEO of the company, a wife to an amazing husband whom I met while working at Walt Disney World and a mother of 2 wonderful children ( and 2 dogs, 11 goats and 3 rescued feral cats). I was born and raised in Japan. I would love to share delicious Japanese foods, culture and everything I love about the beautiful country.  I am not a professional chef, I just love cooking! I have translated and added some of the recipes I like, but once you've cooked a few of these dishes, you'll soon be able to cook almost anything in your Microwave Donabe. I hope you enjoy it and can't wait to hear & see your own Donabe creations! 

2 thoughts on “Easy and Juicy Microwave Hamburger Steak(with Japanese Style Sauce)

  1. Skip Bresnahan says:

    I just tried this recipe tonight and it was/is delicious! I substituted the water with teriyaki sauce to get a “head start” on the flavor. I think it paid off! It’s kind of like “Asian Meatloaf”(?) (I mean that with all respect..)
    Thank you for my Donabe Pot! I consider it a Christmas gift, and I think it’s terrific.
    Your tree cutting neighbor,

    1. June Voss says:

      Thank you Mr.Skip for your great review. I love the idea of using “teriyaki sauce”. I will definitely try your recipe next time : )

      I am looking forward to seeing more of your own Donabe creations.


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