Hamburg steak


No, that’s not a spelling mistake! In Japan ‘Hamburg’ means a burger pattie served on a hotplate. Alongside the pattie is a selection of vegetables, and this is often served in a discounted set with rice and miso soup. There are all sorts, from Hamburgs with cheese inside to gravy sauce.

Price: From 600 yen (about $6)

Name in Japanese: Hanbaagu/ハンバーグ

Where can I get it?

One of the best places is Yayoiken (やよい軒), as they offer all-you-can-eat rice and Japanese tea with set meals. They have restaurants in all the major cities and towns, so ask your hotel for the nearest or . Here is what they look like:


You can also get Hamburgs from Matsuya, the McDonalds of Japan. They are everywhere:


You can also find cheap Hamburg restaurants in most towns, and as usual there will be pics outside. Bento shops also do Hamburgs.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.