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Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

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Prep Time

35 min



Hambagu, pronounced ham-ba-goo, is what the Japanese call their version of a hamburger. It's bunless and comes with plenty of rich, sticky sauce. We're serving ours over nutty brown rice with spinach gomaae (sesame spinach). Japan-easy! (Dairy-free: see our FAQs for details).

Prep Time

35 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
beef stock cube (new5/18)
1 beef stock cube †
1 brown onion
2 tbsp Henderson's relish
British beef mince 2
250g British beef mince
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g panko breadcrumbs †
10g toasted sesame seeds †
3 soy sauce sachets (24ml) †
150g baby leaf spinach
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil †
1 spring onion
130g brown rice
25g honey
3 tomato ketchup sachets (45ml)
You Will Need
Salt, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 Knorr beef stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 tbsp Henderson's Relish
  • 250g British beef mince
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 10g toasted sesame seeds<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 soy sauce sachet (8ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 150g baby leaf spinach
  • 1 toasted sesame oil sachet (15ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 spring onion
  • 130g brown rice
  • 1 pot of honey (25g)
  • 1 tomato ketchup sachet (15ml)
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 847 kJ
202 kcal
3210 kJ
765 kcal
of which saturates
4.7 g
1.3 g
17.8 g
5.1 g
of which sugars
22.8 g
4.9 g
86.4 g
18.6 g
Fibre 1.2 g 4.5 g
Protein 10.4 g 39.3 g
Salt 1.29 g 4.9 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 Knorr beef stock cube
Salt, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), potato starch, sugar, beef extract (4%), yeast extract, flavourings, onion powder, caramel syrup, maltodextrin, parsley, carrots, spices (parsley roots, CELERY seeds).
1 brown onion
brown onion
2 tbsp Henderson's Relish
water, spirit vinegar, sugar, colour-caramel, syrup, salt, tamarinds, acetic acid, cayenne pepper, cloves, saccharin, galic oil, tragacanth & isopropyl alcohol
250g British beef mince
beef (100%)
30g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
10g toasted sesame seeds
sesame seeds
1 soy sauce sachet (8ml)
water, soya bean, wheat (gluten), salt, alcohol (ethanol)
150g baby leaf spinach
1 toasted sesame oil sachet (15ml)
sesame seed (100%). Produced in a factory that handles nuts, peanuts, soya, mustard, celery and fish.
1 spring onion
spring onion
130g brown rice
brown rice
1 pot of honey (25g)
blossom honey
1 tomato ketchup sachet (15ml)
tomato puree* (made with 138g of tomatoes per 100g ketchup), sugar, spirit vinegar (6%), modified maize starch, salt, acidity regulator (citric acid), preservatives: sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate, spices, yeast extract, natural flavourings, *made from sustainably grown tomatoes
  • Allergens highlighted by † (celery, gluten, sesame, soya)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Rinse the brown rice, add it to a pot with plenty of cold water and bring to the boil over a high heat

Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 20-25 min or until it's tender with a slight bite

Once cooked, drain and return it to the pot and keep covered until serving 

2 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Meanwhile, boil a kettle

Peel and grate the brown onion[s] 

3 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Add the grated onion, beef mince and panko breadcrumbs to a large bowl 

Crumble the beef stock cube[s] into the bowl and knead thoroughly with clean hands for 2-3 min

Once smooth, divide the mince into 2 [4] and shape into oval-shaped burgers – these are your hambagu 

4 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a drizzle of vegetable oil over a medium-low heat

Once hot, add the hambagu and cook for 6-7 min on each side until they're cooked through

5 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Meanwhile, trim, then slice the spring onion[s] finely

Add the baby leaf spinach to a colander and pour over the boiled water so that it starts to wilt



6 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Add the wilted spinach, toasted sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds and a pinch of salt to a medium bowl and give everything a good mix up – this is your spinach gomaae

7 Japanese Hambagu & Sesame Spinach

Once the hambagu are cooked, transfer them to a plate and leave them to rest

Pour away most of the oil, leaving around 1 tsp [2 tsp] in the pan

Return the pan to a medium-low heat and add the soy sauce, ketchup, Henderson's Relish and honey to the pan

Cook for 30 sec, whisking constantly – this is your umami sauce 


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Serve the hambagu over the brown rice and drizzle with umami sauce with the spinach gomaae to the side 

Garnish with the sliced spring onion


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