Hamburger Don

If you’re a fan of juicy, mouthwatering hamburgers and crave the convenience of a one-bowl meal, look no further than the Hamburger Don. This unique creation fuses the beloved flavors of a hamburger with the simplicity and heartiness of a rice bowl. It’s a delicious, no-fuss way to satisfy your burger cravings with a twist. Let’s dive into the simple instructions for making this savory delight.

Making the Hamburger

It may seem easy to make the hamburger but every small detail will make the hamburger taste differently. But by following these four essential steps, you’ll craft perfect hamburger patties that are juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. Enjoy your homemade burgers!

  • Prep and Season Gently: Start with well-chilled, high-quality ground beef. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper, mixing gently to evenly distribute the seasoning.
  • Shape and Handle Carefully: Divide the seasoned beef into equal portions for consistent-sized patties. Shape the patties by gently forming balls and then flattening them between your palms to about 1/2 to 3/4-inch thickness. Create a slight indentation in the center of each patty to maintain even thickness while cooking.
  • Heat and Cook Right: Preheat your grill or pan to high heat before cooking. Avoid pressing down on the patties with a spatula while cooking to retain juices. Cook the patties to your desired doneness, using a thermometer or the touch test as a guide.
  • Rest and Enjoy: Let the patties rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow juices to redistribute and keep the burgers moist.

Creating a bowl of culinary delight like the one you described, with layers of rice, onion, hamburger, sauce, and luscious egg yolk, is not just a feast for the taste buds but also a visually appealing and satisfying dish. Let’s break down the process in detail:

1. The Base Layer: Rice
The foundation of our bowl is a bed of perfectly cooked, steaming white rice. It provides a comforting and filling base that absorbs the flavors of the ingredients above. Choose your favorite rice, whether it’s fluffy jasmine, nutty brown rice, or classic short-grain white rice, and cook it to perfection. Each grain should be distinct and slightly sticky, ready to cradle the layers above.

2. Onions, Caramelized to Perfection
On the second layer, we have a generous serving of sweet, caramelized onions. Slowly sautéed until golden brown and tender, they add a delightful sweetness and complexity to the bowl. The onions’ mellow flavor pairs beautifully with the other ingredients, creating a harmonious balance.

3. The Star Ingredient: Hamburger
Nestled between the rice and the onions, the third layer is a savory, seasoned hamburger patty. This patty is not just any ordinary burger; it’s been lovingly crafted following the tips we discussed earlier. It’s juicy, flavorful, and cooked to your preferred doneness, whether medium-rare, medium, or well-done. Placed atop the onions, it takes center stage, adding a rich, meaty element to the dish.

4. The Finishing Touch: Sauce and Egg Yolk
What elevates this bowl to gourmet status is the fourth layer – a drizzle of your choice of sauce (perhaps a savory gravy, barbecue sauce, or a tangy aioli) and, the pièce de résistance, a glorious, unctuous egg yolk. The sauce infuses the dish with depth, while the yolk provides a silky, creamy richness. The moment you break the yolk and let it cascade over the patty, rice, and onions is nothing short of a culinary revelation.

In a single bowl, you have layers of contrasting textures and flavors, from the fluffiness of rice to the umami of the burger, the sweetness of caramelized onions, and the luxurious richness of the egg yolk. Each bite is a symphony of tastes, creating a memorable dining experience. The Hamburger Bowl, with its layers of delight, is a true masterpiece that tantalizes the senses and satisfies the soul.

Your Hamburger Don is ready to be devoured. This fusion of classic hamburger flavors and the comforting simplicity of a rice bowl creates a delightful and filling meal that’s perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Give it a try and savor the familiar tastes of a hamburger in a whole new way.

xoxo, Joe

Hamburger Don



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  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 4 cups cooked white rice


  • Push the onions and garlic to one side of the skillet, making room for the ground beef. Add the ground beef and break it up into small pieces with a spatula.
  • Cook the beef until it’s browned and cooked through, making sure to season it with salt and pepper as it cooks. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Assemble your Hamburger Don bowls by placing a scoop of cooked white rice in the bottom of each bowl.
  • Top the rice with a generous portion of the seasoned ground beef mixture.
  • Add some pickles, lettuce, and tomato slices for a burst of freshness and crunch.
  • Finally, place the cheesy bottom bun on top of your Hamburger Don bowl and drizzle with ketchup and mustard for that classic burger flavor.

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