My Matsuri Post – Freshness Burger

Posted in Japan on 20 October, 2009 (20:25)

Matsuri Post - Freshness Burger

I love burgers, looooooove them. My friends joke that no matter where we go, if there’s a burger on the menu i’ll order it. During my time in Japan i’ve sampled quite a few(with many more to try) and my personal favourite to date is Freshness Burger.

Freshness Burger is a well established chain in Japan(189 stores according to Wikipedia!) their restaurants have a nice friendly feel with wooden flooring and furniture – making them look alot less fast food than Burger King or McDonalds.

Ordering is an absolute breeze as all menu items have their name spelled in english as well as Katakana, if you aren’t comfortable trying to order verbally they also have placemats on the counter so you can literally point at the items you’d like – much like McDonalds in Japan do also.

Find yourself a seat and your lovingly prepared meal gets brought across to you in a nice little basket with the Burger wrapped in paper so you don’t get all messy, it never hurts to try the terrifically chunky chips too.

Nom nom
My personal fave is the Classic Burger with cheese, which consists of burger, red cheddar, massive slices of onion & tomato the size of the burger and salad. So good. Emma prefers the plain or teriyaki chicken burgers. All burgers are made to order so whatever you get it’s fresh, piping hot and super good!

I’ve added a google map with streetview below to the Kanda branch which is the one I personaly visited as it was near our hotel. I’ve found them all over the place though, from Ebisu to Osaka!


大きな地図で見る

On my next trip in December, Awajishima burger is a place i’m looking forward to trying… rumored to be one of the best burgers in Japan! Here’s a great video of one guys visit, looks awesome!


I get the feeling burgers is a subject I could talk about all day long…

To make up for the fact i’ve decided to cover a chain restaurant i’ve included my homemade burger recipe, please give it a try!

Ingredients
(makes 4 James-size, or 8 Emma-size burgers)
500g Lean Mince (Leaner the better for a less fatty burger)
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed (garlic flakes would be fine too)
2 Chillis, finely chopped
1 Red onion, finely chopped
1 Egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon Ketchup
Small handful of dried basil

Firstly add the mince, garlic, chillis, red onion and beaten egg into a large bowl. Add the tablespoon of ketchup and work all the ingredients together with your hands. Once it’s all nicely mixed add your basil in and work that in too.

I’d recommend leaving them in a cool place for about 10-15 mins to let everything settle, and then cook on your device of choice! Personally I use my George Foreman grill – if you do the same lightly coat the burgers in olive oil or they will stick!

The result!
The result!

Once complete, serve in a nice chunky bun with lots of salad and maybe some chips if you fancy a treat!

Thanks for reading! Here are some of my other posts you might like

Japan 2008 - Day 6 - Last Morning in Kyoto and onward to Tokyo
Japan Photo of the Day - Friday
Remembering my first trip to Japan - Day Four
Yamanote Line - FULL LOOP!
Farewell to the Glico Running Man
Taking my first ever ski lesson!

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  1. darg on 21 October, 2009 at (01:35)

    hmm… might have to try your burger recipe out some time. I love to grill!

  2. Billy on 22 October, 2009 at (06:11)

    I used to really dig Freshness Burger, but the last two times I’ve been there I was really disappointed. I’ll give ’em one more shot.

    I wish I had my George Foreman here in Japan! I had the grill and the roaster!

  3. James on 22 October, 2009 at (08:13)

    @darg
    It’s the only way to cook 🙂 Be sure to let me know if you give it a try!

    @billy
    Aw that’s a shame, what was disappointing? quality of burger of the service?

    I’d find it hard to live without my trusty Foreman – I cook so much on the damn thing, in fact since that picture was taken i’ve upgraded to a larger model so I can cook more faster! 😀

  4. VoidMare on 23 October, 2009 at (14:46)

    Freshness is also a hot place for hipster job seekers because they don’t have uniforms and allow employees to choose the lobby cds.

    It’s criminal that burgers so good are served with such lousy french fries, which, coupled with the prices, keep me from going there anymore.

  5. James on 24 October, 2009 at (18:07)

    Interesting to know! I could imagine it being a pretty nice laid back place to work.

    I have to admit I rarely take price into account when i’m in Japan, I go into holiday mode and stop worrying about costs, that and the bungee-jumping exchange rate make it a nightmare to work out prices year on year!

  6. reesan on 27 October, 2009 at (11:44)

    maaaaaate, 2 for the price of 1 post. a review and a recipe! gonna have to give the recipe a go – sorry, let me rephrase – gonna have to get the missus to give the recipe a go. 🙂 cool post!

  7. James on 28 October, 2009 at (09:06)

    I aim to please 🙂 hope you enjoy them, let me know what you think!

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