Hawaiian Loco Moco Barbecue Recipe

Loco moco burgers recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Nita West

  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1114 Calories
22g Fat
157g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1114
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 606mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 157g 57%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 62g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Since the 1990s, Hawaiian barbecue has become a huge hit, with hundreds of restaurants popping up across the country and spreading internationally. This mainstay of Hawaiian barbecue might just be the ultimate comfort food. Loco moco is a grilled burger patty topped with rich gravy and served on rice with a fried egg on top. It is also considered the perfect hangover cure.

The dish was developed late in the 1940s as inexpensive diner food that teenagers could afford. It certainly packs the caloric content needed to satisfy active and growing youth. This recipe keeps it as simple as it was back in those times, but feel free to experiment a bit yourself—go a little loco with loco moco.

Ingredients

  • For the Gravy
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons water (lukewarm)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • For the Loco Moco
  • 2 pounds ground beef (85% lean)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 6 cups white rice (cooked, sticky)

Steps to Make It

Make the Gravy

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gravy
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  2. Simmer the broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, ketchup, onion powder, black pepper, and salt in a medium saucepan for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat.

    Simmer broth
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  3. Then increase the heat to medium-high.

    Let sit
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  4. In a separate bowl, mix together water with cornstarch until well combined.

    Mix together
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  5. Slowly whisk this into the gravy, stirring until mixture has thickened. 

    Whisk
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  6. Remove the gravy from the heat and it let cool until you are ready to use it. Rewarm the gravy right before serving the loco moco.

    Remove gravy
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Make the Loco Moco

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Loco moco burger
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  2. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.

    Preheat
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  3. Form 6 large patties out of ground beef. Salt and pepper them to your liking.

    Form patties
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  4. Place the patties onto a grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F (75 C.).

    Place patties on grill
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  5. Remove from the patties from the heat and tent them with aluminum foil to keep them warm.

    Cover patties
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  6. Fry the eggs to your liking. Sunny-side up is preferred so the warm yolk can be broken and mixed with the rest of the dish.

    Fry the egg
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  7. To assemble, place 1/2 to 1 cup of warmed sticky rice onto a plate. Top with a burger patty, gravy, and then a fried egg.

    Put gravy on
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  8. Serve loco moco with a side of your favorite potato salad and chopped onions.

Tip

  • Loco moco is meant to be a huge plate, but you can certainly cut down the size of the patties if you are feeding less voracious eaters.