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Loco Moco with Tomatoes

This is a Hawaiian inspired breakfast with a fried hamburger patty and egg over rice with gravy. You will need to make rice in a rice cooker or a pot (see notes) and you will also need to make a gravy while you're waiting for the beef patties to set (see notes for a link to the recipe).

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Hawaiian
Keyword beef gravy, eggs, hamburger, loco moco
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 550 kcal
Author Sharon Wong


  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 16 ounce ground bison or lean ground beef
  • 1/2 finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 5 eggs divided
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt use 1/2 teaspoon if omitting soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil or other neutral oil divided
  • 1 recipe beef gravy can be made ahead, if desired
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Chopped scallions garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice twice in a rice washing bowl or in a rice cooker pot and soak the rice with 1 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes. Cook the rice in a rice cooker.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, onion, panko, 1 egg, soy sauce, black pepper, salt. Divide the meat into 4 and shape them into patties about 1 inch thick. Smooth the sides and indent the center slightly so that the patties look like a bagel. Place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, make a batch of gravy in a large pan. Let it simmer on low heat to thicken and keep warm.

  4. Preheat a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and swirl the pan to coat. Add the hamburger patties and fry undisturbed for 4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Set aside.
  5. Scrape any brown bits and add to the gravy. Add 1 teaspoon oil to the pan and stir-fry the tomatoes until they’re soft and slightly browned (approximately 3-4 minutes). Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl and set aside.
  6. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil and swirl to coat the pan. Crack the remaining 4 eggs and fry for 3 minutes until they have a crispy bottom. Flip them over to fry for one more minute for an over easy egg (cook longer if desired).
  7. To plate, add 1/2 cup of rice, add a hamburger patty, drizzle 1 ladle (approximately 1/4 cup) of gravy on the patty, and top with an egg, a scoop of tomatoes, and scallion garnish.

Recipe Notes

If you do not have a rice cooker, I have a recipe for making rice in a pot. 

I also have a recipe for dairy-free beef gravy that is delicious. I like to make this in advance or while the patties set.