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With tender seasoned hamburger patties smothered in pan-gravy, topped with a fried egg and crispy fried onions, Loco Moco is a mouthwatering Hawaiian classic that's easy to make and satisfying.

Loco Moco

With tender seasoned hamburger patties draped in mushroom pan-gravy, Loco Moco is classic Hawaiian comfort food that's as delicious as it is satisfying. My simple gravy uses pan drippings and caramelized mushrooms to load it up with umami, and it can even be packed into a bento box lunch.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Best
Keyword comfort food, hawaii, hawaiian
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef, Egg, Rice
Diet Low Sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 523kcal


For Hamburger

  • 60 grams onions (~ 1/2 onion minced)
  • 225 grams ground beef
  • 16 grams panko (1/3 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For Gravy

  • 70 grams button mushrooms (7 small mushrooms)
  • 70 grams onions (~1/2 onion, finely diced)
  • ½ tablespoon dark rum (optional)
  • ¾ cup low-sodium beef stock
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon cream

For Loco Moco

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • cooked rice
  • fried shallots or onions


  • Put the onions in a microwave-safe bowl, cover the bowl and microwave at 800 watts for 4 minutes. You want them to be soft, and just starting to brown. Leave the onions covered and let them cool enough to handle.
    Microwaved onions in a glass bowl for hamburger patty.
  • In a separate bowl, add the panko, milk, oyster sauce, and black pepper and mix to combine.
    Panko breadcrumbs and cream in a glass bowl.
  • When the onions have cooled a bit add them to the panko mixture along with the ground beef, and knead together until it's well combined. 
    Mixing hamburger mixture in a glass bowl for making Loco Moco.
  • Split the mixture in half and form them into 2 patties that are about a 3/4-inch (2cm) thick.
    Shaping Loco Moco hamburger patties.
  • Place them on a plate or tray and make an indentation in the center to keep them from puffing up.
    Making an indentation in the hamburger patties.
  • Prepare the gravy mixture by stirring the beef stock, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and potato starch together.
    Preparing the gravy for Loco Moco with beef stock, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add the vegetable oil to a frying pan and heat over medium heat until hot. Break the eggs into the pan and then turn the heat down to low. Let the eggs fry until the white is cooked through and the yolk is done to your liking. Transfer the eggs to plate and set aside.
    Frying eggs sunny side up for topping Loco Moco.
  • Add the hamburger patties to the pan you fried the eggs in and turn up the heat to medium. Fry the patties until they have a brown crust on one side and are cooked about a third of the way through (about 2 1/2 minutes). Flip the patties and fry until they're almost cooked through.
    Frying burger patties for Loco Moco.
  • Transfer the patties to a plate and then add the mushrooms and onions. Saute until they are well browned and caramelized.
    Sautéing mushrooms and onions for Loco Moco Gravy.
  • Add the rum and deglaze the pan.
    Deglazing the pan with sautéed mushrooms and onions with rum.
  • Add the beef stock mixture and return the hamburger patties to the pan. Turn up the heat and boil the gravy until it has thickened, turning the patties over to glaze them evenly.
    Loco Moco hamburger patties in mushroom pan gravy.
  • Finish the gravy by adding the cream and stirring to combine evenly.
    Cream added to Loco Moco gravy.
  • To plate the Loco Moco, put down a mound of hot rice. Top with a beef patty, and then cover everything with gravy. Garnish your Loco Moco with fried shallots, and then place an egg on top.


Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 255mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 805mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4.1mg