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Copycat McDonald’s Teriyaki Burger
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

This is a copycat version of the Teriyaki Burger that you can buy at McDonald’s in Japan. The patty is dunked in a thick teriyaki sauce, topped with lettuce pieces and lemon mayonnaise. It’s simple but very tasty!

Cook time assumes that patties are cooked in two batches.

Don't forget to see the section 'MEAL IDEAS' below the recipe card! It gives you a list of dishes that I have already posted and this recipe that can make up a complete meal. I hope it is of help to you.

Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: hamburger, teriyaki sauce
Serves: 4
Author: Yumiko
Ingredients (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)
  • 4 soft burger buns or brioche buns (note 1)
  • 80g / 2.8oz lettuce leaves (note 2)
Pork Patties
  • 500g / 1.1lb pork mince/ground pork (note 3)
  • ½ onion finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • tbsp milk
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg powder
  • 2 pinches of ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
Teriyaki Sauce (makes generous amount)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp cooking sake
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp ginger grated
  • 2 tsp garlic grated
  • ½ tbsp tomato sauce/ketchup
  • 2 tsp corn flour diluted in 1 tsp water
Lemon Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp cream (or milk as an alternative)
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
  • tsp sugar
Lemon Mayonnaise & Teriyaki Sauce
  1. Mix all the Lemon Mayonnaise ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add all the Teriyaki Sauce ingredients, excluding cornflour, to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the cornflour and quickly mix. When the sauce starts boiling again and thickens, turn the heat off.

Pork Patties
  1. Put all the Pork Patties ingredients except oil in a bowl. Mix well until the mixture becomes sticky.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and make flat round patties. The diameter of the patty should be slightly larger than the diameter of the bun (it shrinks when cooked).
  3. Heat a large frying pan with the oil over medium heat. Place the patties in the pan and cook for about 4 minutes (note 4).

  4. Turn them over and cook further 4 minutes or so until clear juice comes out of the patties. (note 5)
  5. Transfer the patties to a plate.
  1. While cooking patties, split buns and lightly toast them in the oven/broiler or on a skillet.
  2. Tear the lettuce leaves into smaller pieces (not too small, about the size of the bun).
  3. Place the bottom part of a bun on a sheet of baking paper.
  4. Dunk a pork patty in the Teriyaki Sauce, then place it on the bun. If you want, pour a small amount of teriyaki sauce on the patty.

  5. Place ¼ of the lettuce leaves on the patty, then spread ¼ of the Lemon Mayonnaise over the lettuce.
  6. Place the top half of the bun on. Repeat for the rest of the buns.
Recipe Notes

1. Any buns are OK. I tried with plain buns as well as brioche buns that did not have sesame seeds on the top.

To make the buns look like the McDonald’s bun with sesame seeds on it, I brushed the top of the bun with milk, sprinkle white sesame seeds on it and toasted it in the oven.

2. Japanese McDonald’s use iceberg lettuce so I used the same. But I personally think that butter lettuce/bibb lettuce would be easier to handle and might look better.

3. Teriyaki Sauce also goes well with chicken and you can use chicken mince/ground chicken if you want. But the chicken patty is not as juicy as the pork patty.

4. I cooked the patties in two batches as I could not fit all patties in my frying pan. Adjust the amount of oil when coking in batches.

5. Before you finish cooking, hold the patty with tongs and brown the side of the patty by rolling it. The patty looks more appetising without a whitish band around it on the side.