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Crispy Tonkatsu Chicken Burger

Chicken tonkatsu burger on a plate
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Yields
4 servings

Inspired by the Japanese flavours of tonkatsu, we’ve mashed up a chicken burger with chicken katsu to make a burger that’s crisp on the outside, moist with just a hint of green onion flavour on the inside, and smothered in a Japanese-style mayo. Crisp iceberg lettuce lends a satisfying crunch to this elevated take on a classic chicken burger.

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ingredients

Tonkatsu Mayo

½
cup mayo
2
Tbsp ketchup
1 ½
tsp soy sauce
¾
tsp brown sugar
¾
tsp mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
½
tsp Worcestershire sauce
¼
tsp grated ginger
½
tsp grated garlic

Burgers

1
lb ground chicken
2
cups panko bread crumbs, divided
¼
cup plus 2 Tbsp milk, divided
1
green onion, finely chopped
½
tsp salt
½
tsp black pepper
1
cup flour
1
egg
2
Tbsp sesame seeds
½
cup frying oil
1
cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
4
sesame seed brioche buns
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directions

Notes

Burgers and sauce can be made the day before cooking.

Step 1

Combine the tonkatsu mayo ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside until serving.

Tonkatsu mayo in a bowl
Step 2

In a large bowl, mix together, chicken, ½ cup bread crumbs, ¼ cup milk, green onion, salt, and pepper. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into patties.

Chicken patty being shaped by hand
Step 3

Create a dredging station with 3 shallow bowls. Add flour and a pinch each of salt and pepper in one bowl. Beat together the egg and remaining 2 tablespoons milk in the second bowl. Combine remaining 1 ½ cup bread crumbs, sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt and pepper in the third bowl.

Step 4

One at a time coat the chicken patties in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs. Place on a wire rack and repeat with remaining patties.

Uncooked tonkatsu chicken patties on a rack
Step 5

In a large skillet pour in oil and heat on medium high. Once hot, carefully lay the patties in the pan, working in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Flip and cook and additional 2-3 minutes. Place on a wire rack to drain excess oil.

Step 6

Pour any remaining oil out of the pan and return to medium heat. Toast the buns in the pan for 10-20 seconds, just until lightly golden.

Step 7

To assemble, drizzle the bottom bun with the tonkatsu mayonnaise.

Tonkatsu burgers being assembled
Step 8

Top with a handful of lettuce, then a chicken burger. Drizzle with more mayo and top it with the other half of the bun. Leftover burger patties can be stored for 3 days. Reheat burgers in the oven, air fryer or frying pan.

Chicken tonkatsu burger on a plate

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