Loco Moco Barbecue Recipe

Hawaiian Loco Moco Barbecue Recipe

The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1114 Calories
22g Fat
157g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
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.)

This mainstay 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 by the Lincoln Grill in Hilo, Hawaii in the late 1940s. Teenage customers gave the dish its name (one of them was taking a Spanish class in high school). 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.


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  • 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.

    gravy broth in a saucepan

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  3. Then increase the heat to medium-high.

    gravy broth in a saucepan

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

    cornstarch mixture in a bowl

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

    gravy in a saucepan

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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.

    gravy chilling in a saucepan

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Make the Loco Moco

  1. Gather the ingredients. Pre heat grill for medium-high heat.

    Ingredients for Loco moco burger

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

    patties on a platter

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  3. 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.).

    patties cooking on the grill

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  4. Remove from the patties from the heat and tent them with aluminum foil to keep them warm.

    grilled patties on a plate covered with aluminum foil

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  5. 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.

    eggs frying in a skillet

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  6. 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.

    Hawaiian Loco Moco Barbecue served on rice with an egg and gravy

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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.


  • 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.

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