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Hambak Steak

Hambak Steak

Holly Ford
Hambak steak is a Korean name for Japanese hamburger steak, Hambagu. Mixture of ground beef and pork makes the patties soft ,and the red wine sauce enhances the velvety texture of the steak. Top with a fried egg.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Japanese, Korean
Servings 4


  • 2/3 lb ground beef
  • 2/3 lb ground pork
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 eggs fried, optional

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce Heinz 57 or A1


  • In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion in butter until golden and soft.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine beef, pork, sauteed onion, egg, breadcrumbs, milk, and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper and mix everything well with your hand.
  • Take a portion and form into a patty, then throw it forcefully from one palm of your hand to the other several times as if you are hitting the patty. This will enhance the texture of patty and hold its shape during the cooking. Repeat the rest of the patties.
  • Poke the patties with your finger in the center to leave indentation.
  • Heat skillet over medium heat, add some oil and drop the patties to sear the outside, about 2-3 minutes per side. Then reduce the heat to low and continue to cook. You can cover with a lid leaving a little opening for the steam to escape. This will ensure to cook the patties all the way. Remove the patties to a plate and keep warm.
  • To make the sauce; raise the heat under the skillet where you cook the patties, splash the red wine and scrape off any meat pieces left in the skillet with a whisk. Let the wine reduce in half.
  • Add the stock, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and the steak sauce. reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer to thicken. Drizzle the sauce over your steak and top with a fried egg on top (if you wish)
  • Serve the steak with steamed rice and vegetable (or salad).
Keyword ground beef, hambagu, hambak steak, hamburger steak, Japanese hamburger patties, Japanese hamburger steak, Korean hamburger steak, Korean salisbury steak, red wine sauce, salisbury steak
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