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Japanese Menchi Katsu (crispy ground meat cutlet)

This Japanese ground meat cutlet is a crunchy delight when served with a dipping sauce on the side. The menchi katsu recipe combines two types of tasty minced meat: ground beef and pork.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 patties
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $10-15


For patties

  • 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil to fry onion
  • 3 cups vegetable oil to deep fry meat
  • 2 tbsp panko Japanese breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

For patty coating

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For tonkatsu sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Prepare the sauce by mixing the ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar until fully combined and set aside. You should have about 1/2 cup of tonkatsu sauce.
  • Mince the onion.
  • Heat a frying pan on medium heat with olive oil. Saute the chopped onions until they become translucent. Set aside once it's cooked.
  • In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, pork, sauteed chopped onions, milk, panko breadcrumbs, 1 egg, ketchup, salt, nutmeg, and black pepper.
  • You have to knead this meat mixture until it gets sticky and has the texture of hamburger patties.
  • Now divide the meat mixture into 6 equal-sized balls.
  • After that, shape each ball into a meat patty. You must toss the patty between your hands about 5 or 6 times to remove air bubbles. Each ground meat patty should have the shape of a minced cutlet.
  • Set up three bowls for the egg wash, flour, and panko breadcrumbs.
  • In the first bowl, whisk together 2 eggs. In the second bowl, add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. In the third bowl, add 1.5 cups of panko breadcrumbs.
  • First, coat each patty in flour, then dip it in the beaten egg wash, and finally coat it in panko breadcrumbs.
  • Make sure each patty is evenly coated with the breadcrumbs.
  • Place the panko-coated patties on a plate or cutting board, and let them rest.
  • Heat up the vegetable oil to about 340 degrees F in a deep fryer or a large saucepan.
  • Carefully place the meat patties in the hot oil, and deep fry for 3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove the patties and let the excess oil drain on paper towels and a cooling rack.