I had this in the restaurant last night. It is a Japanese Deep Fried Burger. It comes from Eastern Japan. Menchi Katsu means minced meat cutlet. I have tried a different version in a different restaurant and the taste is completely different. Menchi Katsu usually uses either ground pork or ground beef or a combination of both. I made a combination of tastes from the two different restaurants I tasted it from plus my own twist. I want to make mine a bit healthier so I am using ground lean turkey.
Ground lean turkey is “wetter” than ground pork or beef so I had to adjust my recipe. I had to put panko breadcrumbs to give the burger an extra crunch inside and out and to make the patties less wet. I also added minced carrots to add vegetables to the dish.
The patties could be eaten as a main dish with a side of potato salad and shredded cabbage or could be eaten as a hamburger sandwich with a side of fries.
Here is my version of Menchi Katsu.
1 medium onion, minced
1 medium carrot, minced
2 tsps oil for sauteing
1 ½ lbs ground pork or ground beef (substitute – ground lean turkey)
1 egg, beaten
1/3 c Panko bread crumbs
2 tsps sesame oil (optional)
flour for dredging
1 egg for coating
Panko breadcrumbs for coating
oil for frying
In a pan, sauté onion in 2 tsps. Oil. Cook until translucent. Add the minced carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside. Let cool.
In a bowl, mix together ground meat, onion and carrots, salt and pepper, sesame oil and beaten egg. Add panko bread crumbs.
Do a test run of the mixture before forming everything into patties. Take a spoonful of the mixture and fry it. Adjust flavor if needed.
If the flavor is ok with you, divide the rest of the mixture into 8 big patties or 12 medium patties.
Put flour, beaten egg and panko in 3 separate shallow bowls. Dredge each patty with flour, then dip in beaten egg then cover with panko breadcrumbs. Shake off excess breadcrumbs.