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Hamburger steak, oh hamburger steak, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Actually, just kidding, why bother? I’m not a natural born poet- I’ll just come right out and say it: cheese filled hamburger steak is the food you never knew you needed, but always knew in your heart that you wanted. I mean, honestly, how can you go wrong?
In Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun, Aoyama’s soccer friends challenge their ab-flexing soccer rival to an eat-off in a diner after school. The first dish to start it all? A cheese filled hamburger steak- of course. Thus commences an honest debauchery- they eat item after item, eating their way through the menu. But, of all the foods they eat, the one they eat first is the one that really caught my eye. Probably because hamburger steaks are good, but fill them with cheese? I mean, what can I say? I’m American. It’s practically in my blood to like cheese and hamburger meat together.
I’ve made hamburger steak before, and if I’ve learned anything from my past mistakes, it’s that the diced onion needs to be fairly small in order to blend in well with the meat. This meat mixture, which is quite similar to a meat loaf mixture, gains a lot of flavor and texture from the extras you blend in- onion for sweetness, and breadcrumbs and milk for softness. The red wine contrasts so nicely with the cheddar cheese, so I recommend that kind of cheese. However, to be honest, they don’t use cheddar much in Japan, so a white cheese would be much more common if we were really being faithful to Japanese culture. In that case, I’d go for a nice hard mozzarella.
No matter what you choose to do, this hamburger steak really can’t turn out wrong. It’s easy to make, and fun, too if you get your hands to it. You get to slap around some ground meat to smoosh all the air out of it in order to prevent cracking while in the pan, so that’s always fun. Hands-on cooking is great, don’t you think? Best of all, it’s AMAZING. That cheese taste with the red wine, the soft, mildly salty-sweet contrast of the meat…perfection. It doesn’t get better!
Watch the video below to learn how to make your own cheese filled hamburger steak!
Ingredients for the Cheese Filled Hamburger Steak:
Hamburger steak recipe adapted from here.
- 1/2 finely diced yellow onion
- Olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef and pork (half and half)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup panko
- 2 tbsp milk
- Cheese of your choice, cut into blocks.
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
To Make the Cheese Filled Hamburger Steak:
1. Cut cheese into blocks. Finely dice the onion.
2. Heat a pan to medium. Add olive oil. When ready, add in the onion and salt.
3. Let cook about 20 minutes until golden brown, stirring every once in a while to prevent burning.
4. When ready, set the onion aside to cool. Meanwhile, combine meats, egg, panko, salt, and pepper and stir into a paste.
5. When cooled, add in the onion and incorporate into the meat mixture.
6. Separate into 4 parts. One by one, take up each portion of meat and slap back and forth between your hands to push air bubbles out of the meat. Roughly form into an oval.
7. Push a cheese block into the middle and close the meat around it. Pat back and forth between hands to shape properly. Set aside until all patties are formed.
8. Heat a pan to high heat. Add in a touch of olive oil. When ready, place patties into the pan. Press down centers to combat rising of the patties while they cook. Cook about 5 minutes, and then flip.
9. Once patties are flipped, add in red wine and cover. Cook about 8-10 minutes until fully cooked. When ready, remove the lid and remove patties from the pan.
10. To the remaining wine, add the butter, ketchup, worcestershire and stir to combine. Allow it to thicken over the heat for a moment, and then remove and prepare to serve with the steaks.
11. Plate with some roasted veggies, lay down a layer of sauce, and put the steak on top of the sauce. Decorate with a bit more sauce, and then it’s done!