The Hunt for LA’s Best Japanese Hamburg

Despite the name, Japanese hamburg is more like meatloaf than a burger. It's a common home-style food in Japan, generally made from a mixture of beef, pork, and panko breadcrumbs, then topped with demi-glace and served over rice. On Chowhound, ajmojave recently asked where to go for LA's best version of this beloved dish.

Hound pokipoki thinks Wakasan has delicious hamburg (available only at lunch). It’s served with the traditional demi-glace, but in a small hot pot with a sunny-side-up egg in the mix (pictured). At Bloom in Lomita, you can order hamburg Japanese style (topped with daikon and shiso sauce) or Italian style (tomato and cheese), according to ajmojave. Inaba Steakhouse serves raizans's favorite hamburg. And if you want it to go, there's Box Café on Sawtelle, where vickie2172 found a great version in a takeout bento.

Wakasan [Westside – Inland]
1929 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles
310-446-5241

Bloom [South Bay]
24503 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita
310-325-5000

Inaba Steakhouse [South Bay]
2933 Rolling Hills Road, Torrance
310-891-2333

Box Café [Sawtelle Corridor] 
2117 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
310-477-1617

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Photo of hamburg lunch at Wakasan by pokipoki