This Japanese rice burger with teriyaki sauce is the perfect dish for picky eaters. It’s a healthy, yet delicious burger that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied after eating it. A tasty meat patty coated with teriyaki sauce and served on a rice bun; it’s the classic hamburger with a Japanese twist! The recipe has an easy-to-follow step-by-step process that anyone can do.
Do you love burgers? Do you love sushi? What if I told you that we can have the best of both worlds by making a teriyaki sauce and using it as a burger topping? That’s right, this amazing Japanese rice burger is made with authentic ingredients and will leave your mouth watering for more!
Why You Will Love This Japanese Burger
This is another delicious way to use teriyaki sauce that doesn’t require any special tools or ingredients. This is a perfect lunch idea and a great way to add a little Japanese flavour to a barbeque!
It doesn’t really matter which meat you use. It’s the teriyaki sauce that’s the best part. It gives the burger a delicious slightly sweet taste and makes it so Japanese. I think teriyaki rice burgers are such a brilliant idea because it’s basically eating one classic Japanese meal in one go altogether; teriyaki meat, vegetables, and rice!
What Is A Teriyaki Rice Burger?
I think it was the famous Japanese burger chain, Mos Burger, that created the rice burger in Japan a while ago and since then it has been popular among Japanese people since we generally eat rice more than bread.
Mos Burger’s teriyaki burger is made with chicken, however, I made this patty out of a pork and veal mince mixture. If you prefer chicken, then that’s totally fine and you can definitely use that.
Ingredients Needed To Make Japanese Rice Burger
Here’s a bit more information about what I used in this amazing rice burger. All the exact ingredient amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
To make the rice bun, you’ll need a combination of short-grain rice and glutenous sticky rice. If you do that, then the rice will stick together really well.
Japanese Burger Patty
These burger patties are tasty enough to eat on their own. I added onion, egg, and panko bread crumbs to the minced meat. You don’t need to add any seasonings to it because the teriyaki sauce has plenty of flavour.
You can either make your own teriyaki sauce or just buy your favorite jar of sauce. I like to make my own because it is so easy and always comes out how I want it to. You can easily swap it out for gluten-free teriyaki sauce if you have an allergy!
Here is where you can be a little creative! Add your favorite burger toppings- really anything. I used sliced tomatoes and lettuce leaves. Sometimes, I’ll add a few slices of red onions.
How To Make A Teriyaki Rice Burger
There are basically two steps to this recipe – making the rice buns and then making the hamburger patties.
Make Rice Buns
To make the rice buns, just cook the rice and then set it aside. When it is cooled off, form it into two pieces of a bun. The rice should stick together really well. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for a little more flavor.
Make Japanese Teriyaki Burgers
The secret to these burgers is to brown the onion first. Then, add them to the mince mixture. Form them into burger patties and fry them on a skillet until they are completely cooked.
Add Teriyaki Sauce
Drizzle the teriyaki sauce on top. Add your burger toppings and place them all on the rice buns. It’s ready to eat!
What To Serve With Japanese Burgers
There are so many different Japanese side dishes that go with these scrumptious burgers. Japanese rice bran pickles are a light side dish that are super healthy for you too. Simmered kabocha has a slightly sweet taste and pairs nicely with the teriyaki sauce.
For something that’s healthy and salty, make goma ae. It’s full of nutrients and tastes amazing with this burger.
Egg drop soup is a lighter option. It is so mild that it lets the burger stand out.
Before I get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about making it. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments.
Can I make this with another type of meat?
Yes, this is really easy to change. You could make it with teriyaki chicken, beef, fish, or even some shredded pork.
Is this recipe completely gluten-free?
This recipe is almost gluten-free. There is gluten in the soy sauce (which is an ingredient in the teriyaki sauce). If you need a gluten-free recipe, either use a gluten-free teriyaki sauce or make your own.
How do you make the rice bun stick together?
The secret to getting the rice to stick together is to make 1/3 of the rice using sticky glutenous rice, the type we use to make mochi.
To make the rice into a patty shape, all you need to do is press the rice down into a small cake tin or make your own form by following the same guide that’s in the extra thick and fluffy pancakes recipe.
I hope you enjoy making this burger!
If you enjoyed this rice burger recipe, here are some more teriyaki recipes you might want to try next. They are some of my favorites.
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Teriyaki Rice Burger
- 2 cups short grain rice
- 1 cup glutenous rice sticky rice
- 250 g mince
- 1 small onion
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup panko crumbs
- Pinch of Salt Pepper & Nutmeg
- 1 cup of Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 tbs Katakuriko potato starch
- 4 slices of tomato
- Lettuce leaves
- Sesame seeds
- Wash the rice and cook according to your rice cooker instructions or if you don’t have a rice cooker look here.
- Cut the onion finely and cook them in a frying pan over low heat till brown.
- Place the mince, egg, panko crumbs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and onion into a large bowl and mix them well.
- Divide the mince mixture into 4 small balls and shape them into flat circle patties.
- Heat some cooking oil in a large frying pan and cook the mince pattiess over medium heat.
- Cook until meat is cooked through and patties are browned on both sides then put aside.
- Follow the Teriyaki Sauce recipe then mix the Katakuriko with 2 tbs of water and add it to the teriyaki sauce and continuously stir till the sauce is thickened.
- Prepare the rice patties then place the patties, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, and tomato into the rice buns then sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve!