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Loco moco | The food that will make you say, “Damn, I’m from Hawaii

Loco moco

Loco moco is a dish featured in contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. There are many variations, but the traditional loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Variations may include bacon, ham, Spam, tofu, kalua pork, Portuguese sausage, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters, and other meats.

Course Main course
Place of origin United States
Region or state Hawaii and the Philippines
Associated cuisine United States
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients White rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy.

Loco moco  Ingredients

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  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • 1/4 cup diced Maui onion
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup diced Maui onion
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish, optional
  • 1/4 cup seeded and diced Roma tomato, for garnish, optional


  • For the rice: Wash the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear. In a medium saucepot over high heat, bring the chicken broth to boil. Add the rice, cover and reduce the heat to low for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. (Alternatively, add both the rinsed rice and the chicken broth to a rice cooker and turn the machine on – it will keep the rice warm until ready to serve.) Fluff with a fork and cover. Keep warm until ready for use.
  • For the burgers: Mix the ground beef, onions and some salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Form 4 medium patties and set aside.
  • Set a large cast-iron pan over high heat. Add a drizzle of canola oil and set the patties in the pan. Cover pan with a lid (or a second pan) to seal in the moisture and ensure juicy patties. Cook until well browned on first side, 3 to 4 minutes. Then remove the lid, flip over, replace the lid and continue cooking to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium-rare. Remove the burgers and keep warm.
  • For the gravy: Add the butter to the pan with the drippings. Saute the mushrooms and onions until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, bring to a boil and reduce down for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoons water to make a smooth paste. Slowly add into the gravy, stirring constantly until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm until ready for use.
  • For the eggs: Add some canola oil to a nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Crack in the eggs and cook sunny-side up, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and keep warm. (You can flip the eggs over-easy if you want them cooked a little more.)
  • To serve: Place the cooked rice on a plate, place the burgers on top, then the eggs and finally the gravy. Garnish with parsley and tomato if desired.

What does Loco Moco mean in slang?

The teenagers named the dish Loco Moco after one of their members, George Okimoto, whose nickname was “Crazy” because of his crazy antics. George Takahashi, who was studying Spanish at Hilo High School, suggested using Loco, which is Spanish for crazy. They tacked on “moco” which “rhymed with loco and sounded good”.

What is Loco Moco made of?

Loco Moco is a favorite Hawaiian comfort food consisting of steamed white rice topped with a juicy burger patty, rich mushroom gravy and a fried egg. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

What is a burger with egg on top called?

Most commonly you will see an egg burger called just that, an ‘egg burger‘. Some restaurants have coined their own terms for a burger with an egg on top including a ‘brunch burger’ or a burger ‘Humpty Dumpty’ style.

Is loco moco breakfast or lunch?

Our Loco Moco recipe is a delicious, ‘stick to your ribs’ Hawaiian dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our recipes uses a simple mushroom gravy for an extra savory, umami touch!12 Apr 202

What is chicken in burger called?

chicken burger (plural chicken burgers) (Ireland, UK) A sandwich consisting of a piece of boneless, sometimes fried chicken served in a bun, typically hot (called a chicken sandwich in the US).
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