Japanese Menchi Katsu Hamburger Cutlet

This Japanese hamburger menchi katsu is soft and juicy on the inside with a crispy outer crunch on the outside!  Served with traditional Japanese katsu sauce, this recipe is the latest addition to our air fryer katsu series!

Best of all, this recipe does not require any oil frying which means less clean up for you! Air fryer for the win!

Japanese style hamburger steak is one of my family’s favorite meals.  It’s usually on the weekly rotation.

This is why after purchasing an air fryer, I decided to step it up and try making hamburger menchi katsu!

If you have been following us for some time, you know that I love fried food but dislike oil frying.  That doesn’t mean I don’t ever do it, it’s just a lot of clean up and I’m always stuck wondering what to do with all the leftover oil.

But after purchasing an air fryer, my life has changed!  My family and I can now have crispy fried food without having to oil fry.  It really is a game changer and might be the best kitchen purchase we’ve ever made!

Japanese menchi katsu hamburger cutlet being picked up with a fork.

What is hamburger menchi katsu?

Traditionally, menchi katsu is made up of a ground meat patty, usually made with a combination of beef and pork, then breaded with panko and deep fried. Menchi katsu is very common in Japanese family restaurants and often seen in bento or lunch boxes.

Japanese menchi katsu hamburger cutlet being coated in panko.

How do I make air fry hamburger menchi katsu?

To avoid the carbs in traditional panko breading, I use an almond flour and pork rind breading.  You can buy unflavored pork rinds at your local grocery store then just pulse until finely ground in a food processor.  I also recommend Pork Panko, which is ready ground pork rinds you can find on Amazon and much more convenient to use.

Ingredient for Japanese menchi katsu hamburger cutlet being mixed in a mixing bowl.

Why do you use a 50/50 ratio of ground beef and pork to make air fry hamburger menchi katsu?

Mixing ground pork with the ground beef makes a fattier patty, which results in a softer and juicy menchi katsu hamburger patty.

Japanese menchi katsu hamburger cutlet being cut in half with a knife.

What other kinds of Japanese katsu recipes can I try?

Now, let’s get making this Japanese Menchi Katsu Hamburger Cutlet recipe!

  • Prepping Time 10M
  • Cooking Time 15M
  • Total Time 25M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~3g
  • Servings 2-3

Ingredients

Hamburgers

  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork (fat>20% preferred)
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef (fat>20% preferred)
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Onions (about 1/8 of an onion)
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 0.5 oz Unflavored Pork Rinds (~1 tbsp if using Pork Panko or regular panko)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Crust

Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Dice onions. In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp butter on medium heat. Once butter is melted, add onion, cook until browned and set aside. Should take around 2-3 minutes.

3) Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press. Put into a large mixing bowl.

4) Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine.  You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processor, but we strongly recommend using a food processor.  Place 1 tbsp of crushing pork rinds into the mixing bowl and set the remaining aside. Note – skip this step if using Pork Panko or traditional panko).

5) In the mixing bowl, add ground pork, ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions from step 2). Combine with hands until mixed well.

6) Take 1/4 of the mix and throw from one hand to another while gently cupping the mix with the palm and hand forming a ball.  Place the ball onto a plate and press down on it with the palm of your hand to form a patty.  The patty should be around 1 inch thick.  Afterwards, take your thumb and gently press and make an indent in the middle of the hamburger patty.  This ensures the hamburger will retain its shape during the cooking process (otherwise it will expand upwards).  Repeat until all the mix is used up.

7) Fill 1 mixing bowl with Almond Flour, 1 mixing bowl with beaten eggs, 1 mixing bowl with the remaining crushed Unflavored Pork Rinds/Pork Panko from step 4).

8) Take a patty and dip in the following order: Almond Flour > eggs > Unflavored Pork Rinds/Pork Panko.  Once coated, place into air fryer tray and air fry for 13-16 minutes at 360F or until internal temp reaches 160F.

9) In a small mixing bowl, combine Sugar Free Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Oyster Sauce and Monkfruit Erythritol Blend.  Mix well and set aside.

10) Once menchi katsu are air fried, transfer to serving plate and enjoy with tonkatsu sauce from step 9)!

Hope you enjoy your Japanese Menchi Katsu Hamburger Cutlet!

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Japanese menchi katsu hamburger cutlet served on a plate with tonkatsu sauce drizzled over.

Japanese Menchi Katsu Hamburger Cutlet

This Japanese Menchi Katsu Hamburger Cutlet is soft and juicy on the inside with a crispy outer crunch on the outside! Served with traditional Japanese katsu sauce, this recipe is the latest addition to our air fryer katsu series!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: beef katsu, breaded hamburger, deep fried hamburger, menchi katsu
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 1210kcal

Ingredients

Hamburgers

  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork fat>20% preferred
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef fat>20% preferred
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Onion about 1/8 of an onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 0.5 oz  Unflavored Pork Rinds 1 tbsp if using Pork Panko or regular panko
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Crust

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour or flour of choice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 oz  Unflavored Pork Rinds 1/3 Cup if using Pork Panko or regular panko

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Sugar Free Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Monkfruit Erythritol Blend or sweetener of choice

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Dice onions. In a medium sized fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp butter on medium heat. Once butter is melted, add onion, cook until browned and set aside. Should take around 2-3 minutes.
  • Grate garlic with a grinder or a garlic press. Put into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour Unflavored Pork Rinds into a food processor and pulse until ground into very fine. You can also use your hands to crush the pork rinds if you don’t have a food processor, but we strongly recommend using a food processor. Place 1 tbsp of crushing pork rinds into the mixing bowl and set the remaining aside. Note - skip this step if using Pork Panko or traditional panko).
  • In the mixing bowl, add ground pork, ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, half & half, nutmeg, cooked onions from step 2). Combine with hands until mixed well.
  • Take 1/4 of the mix and throw from one hand to another while gently cupping the mix with the palm and hand forming a ball. Place the ball onto a plate and press down on it with the palm of your hand to form a patty. The patty should be around 1 inch thick. Afterwards, take your thumb and gently press and make an indent in the middle of the hamburger patty. This ensures the hamburger will retain its shape during the cooking process (otherwise it will expand upwards). Repeat until all the mix is used up.
  • Fill 1 mixing bowl with Almond Flour, 1 mixing bowl with beaten eggs, 1 mixing bowl with the reaming crushed Unflavored Pork Rinds/Pork Panko from step 4).
  • Take a patty and dip in the following order: Almond Flour > eggs > Unflavored Pork Rinds/Pork Panko. Once coated, place into air fryer tray and air fry for 13-16 minutes at 360F or until internal temp reaches 160F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine Sugar Free Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Oyster Sauce and Monkfruit Erythritol Blend. Mix well and set aside.
  • Once menchi katsu are air fried, transfer to serving plate and enjoy with tonkatsu sauce from step 9)!

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Nutrition

Calories: 1210kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 88g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 470mg | Sodium: 2460mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 7mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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