Keto Japanese Hamburger Cutlet – Menchi Katsu

This keto air fry hamburger menchi katsu is soft and juicy on the inside with a crispy outer crunch on the outside!  Served with traditional Japanese katsu sauce, that’s keto of course, 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!

Keto Japanese Hamburger Cutlet Menchi Katsu with tonkatsu sauce being cut

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!

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.

Crust for Keto Cultet being prepared

How do I make keto 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 Keto Japanese Hamburger Menchi Katsu 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.

Keto Japanese Hamburger Cutlet Menchi Katsu being coated in keto panko

What other kinds of keto low carb Japanese katsu recipes can I make in the air fryer?

A lot!  Check out the list of items below for other katsu recipes you can throw in the air fryer!

Keto Cream Cheese Dumplings

Japanese Chicken Cutlet

Japanese Tonkatsu Cutlet

Keto Chaffle Katsu Sando

For this one, the special ingredients you will need are Almond Flour, Unflavored Pork Rinds , Sugar Free Ketchup, Oyster Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Monkfruit.  All can be purchased on Amazon or local supermarket.

We also prefer using Pork Panko instead of the Unflavored Pork Rinds, which is basically pre-ground pork rinds ready to use out of the package.

You’ll also need an air fryer, which if you’re on the fence about, we couldn’t recommend them more!  It’s a deep frying game changer if you dislike traditional frying methods!

Now, let’s air frying some Japanese chicken cutlets!

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)
  • 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.

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 Swerve/Monkfruit.  Mix well and set aside.

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

Hope you enjoy your low-carb Keto Japanese Hamburger Cutlet – Menchi Katsu!

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Keto Japanese Hamburger Cutlet - Menchi Katsu

This Keto Air Fry Hamburger Menchi Katsu is soft and juicy on the inside with a crispy outer crunch on the outside! Served with traditional Japanese katsu sauce that makes for a full keto meal! Best of all, this recipe does not require any oil frying which means less clean up for you! Air fryer for the win!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: air fry hamburger menchi katsu, air fry meal recipes, keto Japanese recipes
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
  • 1/8 Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 0.5 oz  Unflavored Pork Rinds 1 tbsp if using Pork 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
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 oz  Unflavored Pork Rinds 1/3 Cup if using Pork Panko

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Sugar Free Ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Monkfruit 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.
  • 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 Swerve/Monkfruit. Mix well and set aside.
  • Once menchi katsu are air fried, transfer to serving plate and enjoy with keto 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

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