5 Unique Regional Burgers in Japan You Should Try At Least Once
Hamburgers might be a popular American food, but in Japan, you'll find places serving unique burger creations made with local ingredients! In this article, you’ll be introduced to some shops that offer unique regional burgers.
1. Lucky pierrot Bay Area Head Shop
This is the shop to go to when it comes to regional burgers! Lucky pierrot has a wide variety of original burgers including the highly recommended Sweet and Sour Pork Burger (420 JPY (excl. tax)). Sweet and sour pork is a staple dish in Chinese cuisine and a very popular home-cooked dish in Japan which consists of deep-fried pork glazed with a sauce made of vinegar and sugar. The thick and rich sweet and sour sauce matches perfectly with the burger bun. You should definitely try this delicacy on your next trip to Hokkaido!
2. AWAJISHIMA BURGER Main Shop
Awajishima is said to have been the area that produced ingredients for the Japanese Imperial Court from the year 794 to 1185, otherwise known as the Heian period. The island is still renowned to this day for its delicious produce. This is a popular shop among the many burger joints serving Awajishima burgers, which are made using local ingredients from the island in very generous portions! The top recommendation here is the Awajishima Tamanegi Tappuri Atsugiri Beef Katsu Burger (1,300 JPY (excl. tax)), which lavishly uses Awajishima onions and Awaji beef, a type of high quality wagyu beef. But be advised that it's limited to only 10 servings per day!
3. DOM DOM AEON Kyobashi Branch
DOM DOM is a well-established burger chain said to have been the very first hamburger joint to open in Japan. You should definitely try the Okonomiyaki Cheeseburger (380 JPY (incl. tax)). You'll be hooked on this burger that's been combined with one of Osaka’s most popular local specialties! They also offer many other burgers you can only find in Japan, such as the Renkon Toritsukune Burger (360 JPY (incl. tax)), which consists of lotus root and toritsukune (chicken meatball) coated with ginger teriyaki sauce. Dom Dom has many shops across Japan, so you're bound to find one close to you!
4. Joshu “Konkatsu” Kitchen
Joshu "Konkatsu" Kitchen is located within Joshu Mura no Eki, a market that sells local produce and famous specialties from Gunma Prefecture. It's a place you should definitely visit when you’re in Gunma. Their Shimonita Negi Menchi Katsu Burger (530 JPY (incl. tax)) is absolutely delicious! Cooked with an aromatic and crispy cutlet combining minced meat and sweet and juicy Shimonita green onions, one of Gunma’s most renowned produce, this burger will have you hooked! Take the opportunity to do some shopping at the market after you’re done with this heavenly sandwich!
5. Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka Branch
Hard Rock Cafe is a famous American restaurant chain with locations spread all across the globe, but did you know that their Fukuoka branch has an original burger that you can't get anywhere else? This innovative burger is called the Hakata Ramen Burger (2,280 JPY (excl. tax)), and it's comprised of ramen noodles for buns and homemade char siu (roasted pork) for patties! The burger is a homage to Fukuoka's famous specialty dish, Hakata tonkotsu ramen. To savor this must-eat burger properly, dip it in the thick pork bone broth of the ramen!
Try some unique regional burgers you won’t find anywhere else in the world while you're in Japan! It will surely make a great conversation topic among your friends when you return from your trip!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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