Loco Moco

Hawaiian at Home

Okay, so loco mocos are the most Hawaiian plate lunch you can get! Even more than those cooked-in-a-pit-underground-covered-with-leaves kind of dishes. Short of putting poi on a loco moco plate there’s nothing more Hawaiian you can get. You’re probably wondering why I would say something like and maybe some island guys are hating on me but hear me out. When I think of a Hawaiian local, I think of someone easy to talk to that will always listen but tell it to you straight. The type of person you want when shit hits the fan; who feels like a long lost sibling that will protect you no matter what… weird? That’s what loco moco is to me: comforting with flavors that run deep and rich but not intense. It’s just a really great balance of flavor and feelings. If that makes sense… if it doesn’t then no worries, just know that you need to try this loco moco and you will know what I’m talking about!


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden Paddle Spoon (Something with a flat edge is much better for mixing)
  • Shallow Pan
  • Spatula
  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Ladle


Hamburger Patty
Makes 10-12 Patties.

  • 2.5LB Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Sliced White Bread torn into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Beef Base
  • 1/8 Cup Fine Diced Onions
  • Pinch Black Pepper

*Use pan burgers were cooked in*

  • 1.5 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2-2.5 Cups Beef Stock
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • 1-2 Eggs per serving to top your patties
  • Your favorite rice


  1. Get your rice going before starting this recipe!
  2. In a mixing bowl combine milk and eggs.
  3. Add beef base, mix well, then add bread, mix well (best to use hands and get in there and make sure bread breaks down).
  4. Add onions and then mix. Add then mix half the amount of ground beef, then add the other half once it has been thoroughly combined.
  5. Heat a pan or grill pan to medium high heat and add a little oil.
  6. In your pan, make a small tester of the hamburger mix to taste and then season/adjust flavors as needed.
  7. When you’re ready to cook the rest, use ice cream scooper and scoop 1 or 2 scoops worth of hamburger mix into pan. Use your spatula to flat into a patty
    • Pro Tip – Don’t mess with it too much, let it cook once you can see that the burger patty is about half way done then flip!
  8. While patties are cooking set up all your plates with rice and flatten it so the patties can rest nicely ontop.
  9. Place cooked burger patties on top of the rice.
  10. In the same pan on medium heat, make the gravy by melting your butter, then add flour and mix together to make a roux.
  11. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes but do not burn it. Slowly add a little beef stock and whisk until there are no lumps then add the rest of your beef stock.
    • Pro Tip – We are looking for a thick and velvety pan gravy.
  12. Taste gravy then season if needed and ladle or pour some gravy right on top of the patties, save the rest of the gravy for another day.
  13. In a clean pan, fry your eggs how you like it to but gooey is the best option for this (sunny side up or over easy).
  14. Plate on top of patties and add more gravy if you like, garnish then enjoy!!
  15. Try it with:

    • You can use a regular plain seasoned burger patty as well but the flavors will not be as deep.
    • You can loco moco anything! BBQ chicken loco moco, katsu loco moco.. sounds tasty!
    • Don’t forget to make some mac salad (Hawaiian Mac Salad guide here) for your side.

    Tools Used To Make This Dish*

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