Loco Moco was created in Hawaii and is a basic in local cooking there. You can easily find them at plate lunch stops like L&L drive in. There are many variations of this dish using different type of meat elements like the classic Spam or even some katsu. As long as there is a fried egg on it and covered in gravy, its all good. Although I can find it here, it’s always nice to make it myself. I LOVE onions so I always add a little onions on top. I even put a little crushed red peppers in it to spice it up. My kids love this, if I don’t have time to make the patties myself, the frozen ones work just as well. But I like the moistness of these patties and the flavor is perfectly balanced with the gravy and egg. So get down and enjoy this local flavor.
1lb Lean Hamburger
¼ C oatmeal
1 tsp Minced garlic
¼ C Whole wheat flour
Seasoning: Garlic powder, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Onion Powder
2 packets brown gravy mix +plus instructed water
1 medium onion, halved & sliced
1 tsp butter
3 C brown rice/white rice mix
In a large bowl, combine hamburger, oatmeal, eggs garlic and a sprinkle of all the seasonings (use your own judgment to your own taste. I know I do) and mix together until combined well.
Roll out into palm size patties. You can make them thin or thick, just remember the cooking time. If you’re making thin patties you should be able to get about 8 patties. If you like it thicker or bigger divide into 4 and make 4 patties.
Lay your patties on a cookie sheet or plastic cutting board and set in the freezer for 30 minutes until slightly hard.
On a large place, but your whole wheat flour and sprinkle with a little bit of garlic powder and pepper. Remove the patties from the freezer and with a spatula, carefully pry the patties off. Dust in the flour and set aside. Repeat with the rest. Return to freezer if you’re not going to cook off right away.
In a large well-oiled pan, heat on medium high. Add the patties in a circular pattern around the outside of the pan. Cook until brown on each side. Repeat with rest of patties you would like to use. Since the patties are small, you can do 2 per serving.
Mix the brown gravy according to directions in a small sauce pan and set aside covers to keep warm.
In a small sauté pan, place 1 tsp of butter and let melt over medium high heat. Add your sliced onion halves. Saute with a little garlic powder and a tad of shoyu for flavor if you want. Cook until soft and caramelized then set aside.
In another pan, heat a well-oiled pan over medium heat. Wait until hot then cook your egg over easy or sunny side up right before serving. Arrange with scoop of rice, hamburger patties, egg, gravy and onions.