Loco Moco: A Hawaiian Classic

March 11, 2022
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Loco Moco

You know which two things go especially well with rice? Meat and egg. Boom, put 'em together.

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jessica Summers


The Main Dish

  • 8 oz. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. steamed basmati rice divided
  • Furikake seasoning for garnish
  • Sliced chives for garnish

The Mushroom Gravy

  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter divided
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. First, let's make that meat. In a mixing bowl, add ground beef, salt, garlic powder, and pepper and stir together. Form two even 4-ounce patties and lightly season each side with salt and pepper.

  2. Pour oil in a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Once it's hot, add patties and sear, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook patties until they reach medium doneness, another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove patties from skillet and cover them loosely with foil, then set aside.

  3. Next, the mushroom gravy. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes, then season with salt and pepper. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the saucepan, sprinkle with flour, and stir together. Lower the heat to medium and stir in your chosen broth. Continue to stir until no lumps remain and gravy has thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Adjust seasonings to taste, then cover and set aside.

  4. Finally, the all-important egg. In another skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter. Once hot, add eggs and fry until whites have set and edges are crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Let's put it all together! Divide rice between two plates and top each with a burger patty, followed by a scoop of gravy, a fried egg, and another scoop of gravy. Finish each dish with a sprinkle of furikake seasoning and some sliced chives. Komo i ka!


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