Hawaiian Hamburger Curry Recipe [quick & easy]

This easy Hawaiian burger and curry recipe is deliciously topped with fragrant curry spices. This all-in-one dish is tasty, easy to prepare and ready in just 30 minutes! Whether you’re a cooking enthusiast or a beginner, you’ll love this quick and tasty dinner that will become a family favorite in no time. So grab your ingredients and let’s get cooking!

A close up of a large spoon full of Hawaiian hamburger curry.

What is Hawaiian curry?

Hawaiian curry is a unique and popular dish in Hawaii that reflects the state’s diverse culinary influences. It’s a fusion of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Asian cuisines, as well as American flavors. Hawaiian curry is not a traditional curry like those found in Indian or Thai cuisine but rather a localized adaptation.

Hawaiian curry is a delicious dish made with a flavorful curry sauce made from a mixture of coconut milk, curry powder and a variety of spices. The spices used in the sauce can vary and some versions may include ketchup or Worcestershire sauce for added flavor.

The ingredients needed to make Hawaiian hamburger curry are collected before cooking.The ingredients needed to make Hawaiian hamburger curry are collected before cooking.

The curry is then generously garnished with an assortment of vegetables like carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes and peas, depending on individual tastes. This vegetable medley introduces a variety of textures and colors to the dish, making it both visually appealing and delicious.

Hawaiian curry is typically served over steaming white rice, which soaks up the rich, flavorful sauce, creating a hearty and satisfying meal. For those who like to experiment, optional toppings like green onions, furikake or grated cheese can be added to the dish, enhancing its flavors.

Step-by-step photo showing how onion is sautéed in a casserole dish, then mixed with vegan ground beef and curry spices.Step-by-step photo showing how onion is sautéed in a casserole dish, then mixed with vegan ground beef and curry spices.

What is the difference between Hawaiian and Japanese curry?

Hawaiian curry and Japanese curry share some similarities, but there are notable differences between them:

Japanese curry is known for its mild and sweet flavor. It typically uses a roux-based sauce, a mixture of flour and butter with a mixture of spices, including curry powder, which is milder than many other curry powders, and often contains ingredients like apples or honey to add sweetness. Curry roux is therefore generally not very spicy.

Hawaiian curry, on the other hand, can vary in heat and flavor depending on the individual recipe. It has a coconut milk base, which adds a creamy and slightly sweet element to the dish. The use of coconut milk is a key distinction from Japanese curry. It often features a more complex spice blend and the spice level can be adjusted based on the preferences of the cook or diners. Some versions of Hawaiian curry can be spicier than Japanese curry.

Both curries contain additional ingredients, traditionally meat as well as vegetables like carrots, potatoes and onions, served with white rice. Hawaiian curry can include a wider variety of proteins, such as shrimp or tofu.

Instructional photos showing how the curry sauce is prepared for the Hawaiian Curry Burger.Instructional photos showing how the curry sauce is prepared for the Hawaiian Curry Burger.

What Ingredients Are Needed to Make a Hawaiian Curry Burger

To prepare a delicious ground beef curry, it is essential to gather all the necessary ingredients beforehand.

To make the curry sauce, you will need a blend of flavorful spices such as curry powder, garam masala and chili powder, along with fresh garlic, juice of a lemon , creamy coconut milk and vegetable broth.

Additionally, you’ll need to get some vegan ground beef and a selection of fresh vegetables, including onions, peas and potatoes. With all these ingredients on hand, you’ll be ready to whip up a mouth-watering and aromatic ground beef curry in no time!

Step by step instructions showing adding potatoes to Hamburger Curry.Step by step instructions showing adding potatoes to Hamburger Curry.

Step by step photo showing how the peas are mixed into the curry sauce.Step by step photo showing how the peas are mixed into the curry sauce.

How to Make a Hawaiian Curry Burger

Start by dicing the onion and heating the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. When the oil is hot, add the onions and fry over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.

Next, add the ground beef to the onions along with the curry seasoning consisting of garlic, garam masala, curry powder, and chili powder. Cook everything for another 3 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, vegetable stock and tomato paste. Bring everything to a boil, stirring over medium heat. Then add the potatoes and let them simmer for 7 minutes.

Finish this delicious curry by adding peas and lemon juice. Season everything with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook the Hamburger Curry for another 3 minutes and serve.

Two servings of Hamburger Curry in white bowls.Two servings of Hamburger Curry in white bowls.

Instructions and storage tips

Leftovers can be a great way to save time and money. To keep Hamburger Curry fresh for up to 4 days, let it cool to room temperature then place it in an airtight container.

If you prefer to freeze it, use appropriate freezer containers and it will stay good for up to 3 months.

If the Hawaiian Hamburger Curry sauce is not thick enough, you can add a mixture of flour or cornstarch with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and stir it into the curry.

Close-up of a bowl with Hawaiian hamburger curry, garnished with fresh cilantro.Close-up of a bowl with Hawaiian hamburger curry, garnished with fresh cilantro.

More Curry Recipes to Try

Collage of two photos of Hawaiian Hamburger Curry with recipe title text.Collage of two photos of Hawaiian Hamburger Curry with recipe title text.

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Enjoy, Florian.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz vegan ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons of oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 4 cloves of pressed garlic

  • 2 teaspoons of curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon of Garam masala

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 1.5 cups of vegetable broth

  • 1 lemon, juice

  • 1/2 cup potatoes, cubed

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup peas

  • salt, black pepper to taste

Remarks

  • Leftovers can be a great way to save time and money. To keep Hamburger Curry fresh for up to 4 days, let it cool to room temperature then place it in an airtight container.
  • If you prefer to freeze it, use appropriate freezer containers and it will stay good for up to 3 months.
  • If the Hawaiian Hamburger Curry sauce is not thick enough, you can add a mixture of flour or cornstarch with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and stir it into the curry.

Nutritional information:

Yield: 6

Portion: 1 cup

Amount per serving:

Calories: 236Total fat: 10gSaturated fat: 6gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fats: 4gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 726mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 16g

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