Kini Zamoras Hamburger Steak and Gravy

Hawaii’s very own Project Runway superstar Kini Zamora joins us on Cooking Hawaiian Style to make his Mom’s hamburger steak and brown gravy recipe. Kini was a finalist on Project Runway and place 2nd on the Project Runway All-Star edition.

Prep Time: 10 | Cook Time: 10 | Ready In: 20

Hamburger steak on rice with a rich gravy sauce


Hamburger steak:

  • 3 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 3 pieces of bread (broken into pieces)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil


  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Aloha Shoyu
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking Process:

Mix hamburger, chopped onion, eggs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Tear bread into small pieces with hands and add to the bowl along with 2 cups of beef broth. Mixture will be loose. Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil to pan and heat over medium high heat and cook patties until nice and brown on both sides. Try not to flip more than once on each side so that you get a nice crust on the patty.


Make thickener with water and flour in a bowl. Add mixture to pan drippings. Add Aloha shoyu, salt and pepper to taste. Serve over hot rice with gravy all over!