If you love all things deep-fried, you’re gonna love this Japanese menchi katsu burger: a super juicy deep fried turkey patty, mustard, cheese, and tonkatsu sauce on a toasted brioche bun.
Have you guys ever had menchi katsu? It’s kind of tonkatsu’s (that oh so crunchy panko-crusted deep-fried pork cutlet that is a must eat Japanese dish) cheaper, younger, more chill vibes cousin. It’s true Japanese B-cuisine: laid back, casual food that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg. When you’re in Japan, you can usually find menchi katsu at grocery stores or food halls, where they sell them for people to take home for dinner.
There’s also a very famous meat shop in Kichijoji called Satou that sells a very famous beef menchi katsu. Satou is a steak house as well as a butcher so they happen to have a lot of extra cuts of meat that they use for minced meat. Their menchi katsu is incredibly juicy – to the point of juice dripping down your hands if you’re not careful. The crunchy panko outsides are a delicious foil to the piping hot, soft and juicy insides. They’re worth the long line up!
But, of course, if you’re not in Tokyo and you have a menchi katsu craving, why not make your own? And why not use turkey in a tiny effort to be just the littlest bit healthy. Summer is coming after all. Gotta work on that summer body, am I right?
Menchi katsu is pretty easy to make. All you need to do is mix up ground meat with onion, panko, egg, and a bit of milk, much like a meatball. Shape them up, do a classic breading station of flour, egg, and panko, a dip in hot oil for a deeply golden crust, and you’re done.
I paired the menchi patties with karashi mustard (Japan’s version of yellow mustard), tonkatsu sauce, a toasted buttered brioche bun, and cheese because cheese makes everything even better. Cheese is like a VSCO filter, but for food. It was SO GOOD. Incredibly juicy, crunchy, and perfectly paired with the soft and fluffy brioche. Probably one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever made.
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