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Hamburger Steak Bento ハンバーグ弁当

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Another weekend went flying by.  I cooked and shot four recipes on Saturday and got to have dinner with my friend Melanie from Far West Rice.  My husband’s cousin and his family are visiting from Japan and we had a great Sunday lunch at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco.  It’s one of our favorite places to go since my husband loves their beer and I love watching the ocean waves through their glass window on a clear sunny day.

As the weekend is coming to an end, even though Monday is a minimum day for my son’s school (which means school dismisses before lunch), I start thinking about what to pack for this week’s lunch menus.

If you follow my Bento (lunch box) Series, you probably noticed that I usually put the leftover in my son’s lunch box from previous dinner menu.  I also pack leftovers in individual containers and freeze them for later bento use.  This is helpful when you eat out and do not have leftover to pack for next day’s bento.

Hamburger Steak Bento | JustOneCookbook.comPrevious Dinner was:

My family’s favorite Hamburger Steak!

Hamburger Steak (Hambāgu ハンバーグ) | JustOneCookbook.com

Lunch Next Day:

Hamburger Steak Bento | JustOneCookbook.comMy sponsor, Lunch-à-Porter sent me today’s Bento Box ($29.00), Panda Pix’s ($6.00), Eiffel Tower Fork ($4.00) as a gift.  Check out their cute bento boxes and accessories and get 15% off using coupon code JOC15!

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Hamburger Steak Bento
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Serves: 1 Bento
  1. Fill up half of bento box with Japanese rice. Let it cool so that hot/warm rice will not warm up other cool food.
  2. Reheat leftover Hamburger Steak in a frying pan until it's warm thoroughly.
  3. Pack cooled Hamburger Steak in a silicone cup and put in bento box.
  4. Place broccoli, tomato, celery and corn in the bento box.
  5. Sprinkle furikake on top of rice.
  6. Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS.]

* This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 14, 2013, 11:33 pm

    Lovely weekend spending time with a friend then family time – sounds glorious. That hamburger bento sounds really good and I’d like one too.

  • TheKitchenLioness April 15, 2013, 12:05 am

    Nami, hope you had a nice weekend and are totally recovered by now. This bento box must be a child´s dream with hamburger, rice and vegetables plus some wonderful fresh fruits. The original recipe for the hamburger steak is still on my list of must try dishes as it looks awefully good! I do like those “Cars” chopsticks that you placed alongside your son´s bento box, he must love to use them.
    Have a wonderful Monday!

  • Mich Piece of Cake April 15, 2013, 12:09 am

    What a beautiful and delicious bento!

  • Jenny April 15, 2013, 12:28 am

    Lovely bento, Nami!

  • Raymund April 15, 2013, 2:53 am

    Honestly if I compile your bento series I would not have any problems thinking what to give to my daughter for lunch :)

  • Hotly Spiced April 15, 2013, 4:47 am

    That’s a lovely looking bento box. I think the burgers would be a wonderful lunch time treat. And it’s so colourful too. No wonder your son looks forward to lunch time xx

  • Monica April 15, 2013, 4:50 am

    Your son is a lucky boy! These bento box lunches look like a little feast inside an adorable box!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 15, 2013, 5:44 am

    I know that these are left overs but still, like in a great restaurant. You should show your son all the commensts so he knows how lucky he is :)

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 15, 2013, 5:46 am

    Cute lunch box …Ah, and the hamburguer patties are calling my name. I am glad that you are feeling well and had a great weekend!

  • kat April 15, 2013, 5:57 am

    looks so delicious!

  • Baby Sumo April 15, 2013, 5:58 am

    Hi Nami, another delicious bento lunch! Does your son come back telling you that his friends would like some of his bento too?

  • A_Boleyn April 15, 2013, 7:07 am

    I love those baby hamburgers/steaks.

  • Kate@Diethood April 15, 2013, 7:33 am

    It’s still breakfast time around here and that bento is all I want!!

    I also want to have your type of a weekend in San Fran! :-D

  • The Café Sucre Farine April 15, 2013, 7:46 am

    Nami, I bet your son is the envy of all the kids at the table, this looks like a wonderful lunch, do you do take-out Bento? :)

  • Nobuko April 15, 2013, 7:59 am

    Hi Nami,
    Your hamburger steak bento looks delicious. I will try it out this week for my son’s bento also. Btw, you bento pictures are always amazing! and thanks again for mentioning my site! regards, Nobuko :)

  • wok with ray April 15, 2013, 8:04 am

    Four recipes? Wow, sounds like you had a very busy weekend! This burgers look so juicy and putting them in bento box looks very special. Have a productive and fun week, Nami!

  • Balvinder April 15, 2013, 8:19 am

    Just another delightful bento box which any child would love.

  • john@kitchenriffs April 15, 2013, 8:40 am

    Wow, cooking and shooting 4 recipes in one day is a lot! I sometimes do 2, and very occasionally 3, but I don’t think I’ve ever done 4. Good work! And good work on this bento – I really find this series so much fun. Thank you.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking April 15, 2013, 8:52 am

    Sounds like a busy, but great weekend spend with loved ones. I love your bento and it looks very delicious, fresh and colorful as it should look like. I need to try your hamburger steak–looks very yummy and tempting!
    I wish you wonderful week ahead, I hope you will get some rest!

  • Cristine April 15, 2013, 9:17 am

    Hi Nami,
    I made the hamburgers steaks today and I want you to know they were absolutely delicious! The sauce was wonderful and the hamburgers were very tender and moist. I will be making this a lot in the future, I’m sure. Thank you for the lovely recipe.
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:48 am

      Hi Cristine! Thank you so much for trying this recipe. I’m really happy to hear you you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for your feedback – you made my day! :)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 15, 2013, 9:26 am

    What a delicious looking bento! Anyone would be so lucky to have this for lunch, Nami!

  • Kristy April 15, 2013, 10:04 am

    Another great bento Nami! I like the corn in this one – is it left on the cob? The weekends do go flying by way too quickly. I am so impressed you cooked and shot multiple dishes in one day and still had time to visit with a friend. You are a whiz at this! :)

  • Kimmi April 15, 2013, 10:26 am

    Thanks for sharing another great bento! I love the small touch of the corn that you included with the veggies. I would imagine that the smaller portion would make it easier to eat too! Today happens to be an off-work day for me… but I need to start thinking about this week’s lucnhes… =)

    • Nami April 15, 2013, 10:51 am

      Thanks Kimmi! You are so right! My kids tend to eat more varieties of veggies and fruits when each portion is small (besides their favorite veggies/fruits – they eat like crazy). Enjoy your off-work day! :)

  • Shema George April 15, 2013, 11:12 am

    I absolutely adore your beautiful bento recipes. They not only look pretty but they are also so healthy and nutritious :)

  • Rosa April 15, 2013, 11:28 am

    A great lunch box! Very healthy.

    Happy Monday.



  • carol | a cup of mascarpone April 15, 2013, 12:11 pm

    You create the greatest bentos ever, Nami! Looks delicious!

  • Choc Chip Uru April 15, 2013, 1:16 pm

    A perfect bento for any hardcore meat lover :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Sandra April 15, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Four recipe shoots in one day? You are ambitious! Most adults I know would love your bento lunches. I’m sure I missed this somewhere along the way, what is furikake?

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 15, 2013, 3:37 pm

    You had such a busy weekend, Nami! Hope you got to relax and that you didn’t work too hard ;). Love this bento, so delicious!

  • Joyti April 15, 2013, 5:31 pm

    I really like your bento lunch ideas. So elegant and organized, and well-balanced with proteins, grain, vegetables. This looks great.

  • ashley - baker by nature April 15, 2013, 5:41 pm

    I’m a really big meat eater so this bento looks especially tempting!

    I’m totally visiting you next time I’m in SF!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 15, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Yum, looks fantastic! I adore bento box lunches and love the idea of hamburger steak in a bento. Lovely photos as always.

  • Donalyn@The Creekside Cook April 15, 2013, 5:59 pm

    That looks like a great lunch Nami! I only have to pack lunches for my husband now, since my daughters are grown, but his co-workers are always very jealous of what he is having, so I must be doing it right! I love the look of Bento boxes, but I’m not sure they would be such a hit on construction sites :)

  • Eha April 15, 2013, 6:08 pm

    Would not mind being handed that bento box on one of my busy work days! May not go to school but love everything in the box :) !

  • Ira Rodrigues April 15, 2013, 6:20 pm

    You seems had a great weekend and you really have the passion of shooting 4 recipes, Big applause Nami
    BTW, i will keep this recipe for my son outing day :)

  • mjskit April 15, 2013, 7:19 pm

    Sounds like you had a very busy and productive weekend and a lot of fun as well. :) I remember your hamburger steak recipe and it looks like it makes a great bento box!

  • Jayne April 15, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Leftovers are lifesavers! Although I use a tiffin carrier and it’s for hubs and I, the principle is the same. Packing leftovers in individual containers for easy on the go lunches. And mixing up fresh and cooked foods as much as I can. I love seeing what you put in your son’s.

  • Jo April 15, 2013, 8:22 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never tried hamburgers with rice. Something so simple but never crossed my mind!

  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen April 15, 2013, 10:58 pm

    I don’t know how you do it, Nami! Your time management skill must be extraordinary. Cooking up 4 recipes and taking shots in one day, just like that! You need to share about this in your blogging tip series. I love your bento of course. Does your husband also take this lunch box?

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 16, 2013, 2:08 am

    That’s the most appetising looking way to package up leftovers I’ve ever seen Nami! :D

  • Ramona April 16, 2013, 4:22 am

    Another fantastic bento lunch box. My kids love hamburger so this would be well received. :) I loved the small portion of corn you gave in the box… it looks perfect for little mouths. :)

  • Fern April 16, 2013, 5:34 am

    If I packed leftovers for my kids, they wouldn’t look anywhere near as good and appetizing as yours! :p If you have any leftovers, send them over down under Nami :)

  • Jen @ Savory Simple April 16, 2013, 6:30 am

    Holy crap this looks amazing

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen April 16, 2013, 6:47 am

    This Hamburger Steak is one of our family’s favorite dinners, thanks to your wonderful recipe. Now that you’ve made it into a bento offering, then we will enjoy it even more. Thanks for sharing, Nami!

  • Helene April 16, 2013, 7:20 am

    I am still impressed with your Bento boxes, you are so creative. So nice to have visitors from Japan, enjoy the time together.

  • yummychunklet April 16, 2013, 10:20 am

    Now that is one tasty looking bento!

  • Amy (Savory Moments) April 16, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Bentos are so fun and this looks like such a great lunch!

  • Liz April 16, 2013, 5:09 pm

    You are the BEST mom, Nami! Your son is so lucky to get such delicious lunches. I want one! xo

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 16, 2013, 6:33 pm

    I really enjoy all your Bento creations. My kids have lunch at school, so in their lunch box they only have some water, fruit or cookies. But each time I see your kid’s lunch box I want to also make it for my kids.

  • Gourmet Getaways April 16, 2013, 7:17 pm

    What a great idea for a lunchbox. My kids love hamburgers but they complain that the sauce makes them soggy by lunchtime. A hamburger bento is a great idea!

  • Juliana April 16, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Nami, you were pretty busy entertaining…the bento looks so cute…and yes, always great to have leftover.
    Enjoy your week :)

  • Sissi April 17, 2013, 2:04 am

    Lovely bento! It makes me crave for a nice home-made hamburger… I happen to have some ground pork and beef, so I might prepare these for lunch (I still haven’t made or tasted the Japanese version!). They will not look as cute as in this bento though ;-)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 17, 2013, 7:10 am

    I have to try your hamburger steak one day. Sound so delicious .

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 17, 2013, 9:45 am

    Sounds like you had a productive day in the Kitchen and a great dinner out. As usual nice bento, I like the idea of a small slice of the corn on the cob.

  • Yelena April 17, 2013, 10:31 am

    Nami, you and Sandra are magicians, your bento boxes are irresistible-)) I am so glad to see you back and running again. Have a gorgeous spring day!

  • Rhonda April 17, 2013, 7:24 pm

    You make me wish I had a lunch to pack everyday, this looks tasty and the bento box is so cute.

  • Minnie@thelady8home April 18, 2013, 10:01 pm

    What a great looking bento box. You are so organised, and make so much effort to make everything look so appetizing.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 18, 2013, 11:34 pm

    You cooked and shot four recipes?!? You are a champ!

    And that’s a delicious bento box :)

  • Patty April 19, 2013, 3:54 pm

    I love seeing the way you put your bento boxes together and the hamburger steak looks just delicious both for dinner and lunch..very lucky children to enjoy traditional Japanese food for their lunches ;-)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 19, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Stake bento was one of my favorite dishes growing up! It was such a treat when my mom would take us out for it.

  • CC April 29, 2013, 5:17 am

    This is an adorable recipe! Really comprehensive pics and instructions. Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz May 9, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Hi Nami, thanks for sharing your beautiful bentos and awesome recipes with us. I love cooking Japanese cuisine (healthy and tasty, what else) and your blog is a real gem, to say the least!

    Just thought I’d mention it in passing: there’s a problem with your links to the “Hambāgu steak” recipe (both links under “Previous Dinner” and “Lunch Next Day”). They point to “Garlic Miso Chicken Wings” instead. These look fab and I’m drooling over them right now, but they probably weren’t meant to be included in this post ! :)

    From France with love,


    • Nami May 9, 2013, 1:45 pm

      Hi Liz! Thank you SO much for pointing out the error and I just updated with the correct link. It was previous Bento post, and I forgot to exchange the link! xD

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoy cooking and eating Japanese food. Sometimes I wonder readers in the world have an access to Japanese ingredients and I get worried if my recipes are too difficult to make (due to lack of ingredients). So I appreciate your kind feedback!

      Thank you so much for writing! :)

  • milkteaxx August 21, 2013, 5:07 pm

    i love your bentos, they always look so delicious!