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 lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.