I love hamburgers. At my home in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki City, it has been decided that we eat hamburgers on Saturdays for dinner. Saturday night is Hamburger Night. My Japanese wife’s homemade hamburgers are absolutely delicious and the best-tasting hamburgers I know.
Western-style hamburgers and Japanese-style hamburgers
A Western-style hamburger consists of a cooked ground meat patty (usually beef) placed in a sliced bun, or “hamburger bun” . Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, relish, etc. can be added as well as onion, pickles, cheese, tomato and lettuce.
Japanese-style hamburgers are patties containing ground beef mixed with other ingredients such as onion, egg, milk and breadcrumbs. They are not placed in a sliced bun but instead can be served with sauce on top.
My wife’s hamburgers are special as they are a combination of both the Western-style hamburger and the Japanese-style hamburger. My wife’s patty contains ground beef, onion, carrot, milk, egg, salt, pepper and nutmeg. She adds grated cheddar cheese on top of the cooked patty in the pan, letting the cheese melt before placing it in a hamburger bun. Condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard or relish are added as well as sliced onion, sliced pickle, perilla or lettuce. The taste of the carrot and onion in the patty, being naturally sweet, give the patty an especially great taste. Combined with the cheese, the bun and everything else, the taste is amazingly good and better than any Western-style burger I know.
My wife’s cousin and younger brother, both Japanese and who also live in Tsukaguchi, sometimes have hamburgers with us on Saturday nights and have come to love my wife’s hamburgers too. I always enjoy Saturday nights eating hamburgers with my family.
Last year, my school, Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi, held a joint barbecue event with other Smith’s schools at a park in Osaka. I cooked some hamburgers for my students there on an electric barbecue grill, which they enjoyed. You can read about it by clicking here. You can read more and see lots of photos and student comments of the event by clicking here. Enjoy!
Hamburgers at my home
One day, when I live in a larger place, I want to invite students to my home for hamburgers so that they can experience them cooked the same way that I eat them with my family. I think they would really enjoy that.