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This wagyu burger recipe is for the best homemade burger you’ll ever have. Richly marbled American wagyu beef, caramelized onions, cheese, brioche buns and truffle flavors makes one of the juiciest burgers you’ll sink your teeth into. In just about 10 minutes, savor the deliciousness of a restaurant quality wagyu truffle burger at home.
What Is a Wagyu Burger?
Wagyu beef produced in Japan is highly prized for its rich marble and buttery taste. A high, grade piece of wagyu simply melts in your mouth.
Pronounced as wah-gyoo, not wah-goo, high grade wagyu beef can command prices up to $200 per pound.
Wagyu in English translates to “Japanese Cow” and there are four main breeds used for wagyu production in Japan.
Kobe beef is the most well known Wagyu beef from the city of Kobe in Japan. For this wagyu burger recipe, we use American wagyu beef.
American wagyu beef is the result of crossbreeding Japanese Wagyu with high-quality traditional American breeds of cattle.
The result is exquisite and luxurious richness of Japanese beef with familiar American flavors.
Extreme marbling or fat content from American wagyu beef gives it a silky and buttery texture, and even taste.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: You can have American wagyu beef delivered to your home from Snake River Farms. They are the pioneers of American wagyu beef and their beef comes from sustainably raised cows from family farms in Idaho and Washington. Check out the delicious range of wagyu cuts, from filet mignon to ground beef.
Discovering Wagyu Truffle Burger In An Online Cooking Class
We had never had a wagyu burger before until we got invited to participate in an online wagyu truffle burger cooking class.
To celebrate July 4th, Truffle Shuffle San Francisco invited us to join them for a Wagyu Truffle Burger online cooking class.
Unlike other cooking classes, they sent us a complete kit of all ingredients beforehand.
Then in the cooking class via Zoom, we learn all the techniques needed to make an exceptional American wagyu burger with truffle from the comfort of our own home.
In this wagyu burger recipe, we share easy-to-find ingredients and the best tips we learned.
These simple tips will upgrade your burger to the most flavorful and juicy burgers ever!
Where to Buy Wagyu Beef
For the best quality wagyu burger, we recommend Snake River Farms American Wagyu beef. Snake River Farms, a family owned company, are the pioneers of American wagyu beef. On their farms in Idaho and Washington, they raise wagyu cattle sustainably and naturally without any growth hormones.
Their beef wagyu is featured in a number of Michelin starred restaurants all around the country.
Snake River Farms makes it easy to get wagyu beef as they ship and deliver directly to your home.
For where to buy wagyu beef, Snake River Farms offers the best quality and delivery option.
Wagyu Beef Burger Price
The price of American ground wagyu beef is higher than conventional ground beef. This is due to the quality of the beef and the sustainable way the cows are raised.
At Snake River Farms, one pound of wagyu ground beef sells for $14.00. Even though you can find ground beef at a lesser price, the wagyu flavors are incomparable.
With American wagyu beef, you’ll make the most juicy and flavorful gourmet burger you’ve ever had.
RELATED: For wagyu beef price and more information about American wagyu beef, check out our Snake River Farms detailed review.
Tips for Cooking The Perfect Truffle Wagyu Burger With Cheese
How To Easily Caramelize Onions
Caramelizing onions can take a long time. From the cooking class, we learned the trick of adding a little vinegar to speed up the process.
You want to first start by cooking the onions on medium heat with butter.
After they start browning, add little Apple Cider Vinegar with honey or you can also use Red Wine Vinegar.
After cooking a little longer, the onions will turn to a deep golden color.
How To Make The Perfect Wagyu Burger Patties
Take your wagyu ground beef out of the package. Divide the beef up into the number of wagyu burger patties you want to make.
For this wagyu burger recipe, we used 1 pound of ground wagyu beef to make two burger patties.
Once you have divided the wagyu burger patties up, place one patty in your hands. Using your hands, create a ball shape and then flatten it out gently.
Make the wagyu beef burgers at least about 20% wider than the burger buns as meat tends to shrink when cooked.
For the perfect height, make sure each patty is stacked up one knuckle high, about 1 inch or 2 centimeters.
Don’t forget to season and flavor the ground meat patties before cooking. We recommend keeping it simple with truffle salt and pepper.
How to Cook Wagyu Burger
Unlike other cuts of ground beef, our instructor recommended cooking the wagyu beef burgers medium rare.
The suggested cooking time for the wagyu burgers is about 1 minute 30 seconds for each side until brown.
Once medium rare burgers have browned, remove from the cast iron skillet and top with cheese and then cook in the broiler for an additional two minutes.
In the online class, we topped our burgers with Cowgirl creamery and truffle cheese mix.
Substitute For Truffle Toppings
We love the taste of truffles for the aroma and flavors they add to dishes. Just a little truffle flavor can add a touch of refinement to simple foods.
That said, truffles can be polarizing and not loved by all. If you are someone who doesn’t like truffles, simply replace the truffle condiments in this wagyu recipe.
Instead of truffle bbq sauce, use your preferred sauce for grilled meats. And similarly, instead of truffle flavored salt, simply season the wagyu burgers using regular salt and pepper.
Best Cheese for Wagyu Burger
The cheese makes a huge difference when making a homemade burger. For this wagyu burger recipe, we recommend using a soft and creamy cheese. In our online wagyu burger class, we used a delicious creamy cheese with truffles.
If you don’t like truffles, we highly recommend a soft brie Saint Andre triple cheese.
American Wagyu Burger – Step by Step Instructions
Caramelizing the Onions
Caramelized onions add so much depth to this beef wagyu recipe. Start by chopping up your onion and placing in a buttered saute pan over medium heat.
Stir the onions occasionally as they start to brown. Once the sautéed onions are to your liking, add a little vinegar, stir and remove from heat.
Buttery Toasted Buns
For a crispy bun on your ultimate burger, lightly toast the buns with butter. Split the buns in half and butter each side.
Place the brioche buns on a skillet over medium heat. Move the buns around and keep checking to see how they brown.
Once the buns reach your desired doneness, remove immediately to avoid them burning.
Broiling Toppings of Wagyu Burgers
Broiling the toppings of the wagyu burger was the favorite tip we learned. Make sure you have your oven turned up to broil.
Top your wagyu burgers with your favorite toppings. This is especially helpful to melt the cheese.
What To Eat With Your American Wagyu Burger
These American wagyu juicy burgers are delicious and can be quite substantive with all the toppings.
Enjoy your wagyu burger with truffle popcorn as we did in our cooking class. Otherwise, you can accompany it with a side salad or homemade sweet potato fries.
Keep the sides simple so that you can maximize the pleasure of fully appreciating the richly marbled wagyu beef.
Wagyu Burger Recipe
- Remove the wagyu beef from package and form two 8 oz hamburger patties
- Peel the sweet onion and chop julienne-style
- Take half of the butter and melt in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle a little canola oil over
- Add julienned onions into pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until caramelized
- Season the onions with truffle salt, add the vinegar and honey and cook over medium heat until jammy. Set aside
- Heat another saute pan over high heat and add the rest of the canola oil. Heat until the oil begins to smoke
- Add the wagyu burger and cook until brown for about 2 minutes. Flip the burger and cook for another 2 minutes until medium rare. Clean the pan
- Turn on the broiler
- Remove the wagyu burgers from the pan and place on a cooking sheet
- Top the patties with creamy cheese and truffle mix and place under the broiler until cheese is melted. About 2 minutes
- Heat the clean pan over medium heat. Slice the buns in half and butter each side. Place the buns in the pan and toast until golden brown
- Plate the bun, top with the burger, add the caramelized onions, cover with BBQ sauce.
- Serve immediately. Devour and relish!
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Rosemary is the editor-in-chief and strategist at Authentic Food Quest.
Traveling slow since 2015 with her partner, Claire, she has explored the cuisine in 45 countries and more than 240+ culinary cities.
Her writing about local food specialties has been featured in Lonely Planet, Business Insider, Honest Cooking, Food Insider, and Huffington Post.
As a food and travel writer, Rosemary has co-authored three books, including one in collaboration with Costa Brava Tourism.
Rosemary is an avid runner when she’s not eating and exploring new destinations. She has run ten marathons and counting.
Before Authentic Food Quest, Rosemary held senior-level strategy positions in advertising.
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