Chef John's Loco Moco


This loco moco is an amazing Hawaiian comfort food classic made by topping rice with a fried burger, which is then smothered with a rich, brown gravy and finished with a fried egg. Seriously, how did it take until 1949 for someone to think of this combination? Sometimes, we all get hangry, so this cheap, filling bowl of goodness is the perfect solution, whether you're a broke student or an older professional who wishes you were. Garnish with green onions.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 (4 ounce) patties ground beef

  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 ½ cups beef stock

  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar (Optional)

  • 2 drops sesame oil, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions, white and light green parts only

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups hot cooked white rice


  1. Season patties with salt, pepper, and cayenne; set aside.

  2. Whisk together beef stock, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, ketchup, sugar, and sesame oil in a bowl; set aside.

    patties seasoned and set aside, and beef stock mixture whisked together in a bowl and set aside

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  3. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties in the hot skillet until the bottoms are nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Flip patties; add green onions and cook until both beef and onions are browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove patties and most of green onions to a plate.

    patties cooking in a hot skillet, with green onions added to brown.

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  4. Pour beef stock mixture into the skillet. Stir, scraping up browned bits from the bottom, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and reserve gravy until needed.

    beef stock mixture added to skillet, and stirred until thickened.

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  5. Melt remaining butter in another skillet over medium heat. Add eggs to the skillet and fry side-by-side until whites are set and yolks are still runny.

  6. Divide rice between 2 serving bowls. Place patties over rice, spoon gravy on top, and add fried eggs.

    once eggs are fried, divide rice into two bowls, add patties and gravy and the egg on top.

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  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

    mid angle looking at a shallow bowl of Chef John's loco moco with the yolk of an egg dripping down


Chef's Notes:

I recommend using a thin 4-ounce patty because it's easier to eat and provides a better beef-to-rice-to-gravy ratio.

A beef patty is commonly used in this dish, but SPAM(R), roast pork, and seafood are also used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

608 Calories
25g Fat
60g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 608
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 267mg 89%
Sodium 963mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 550mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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