Dine On A Dime: Katsu Burger

Japanese and American cultures mesh to bring you the deep fried burger.

Holiday shopping will give you quite the appetite, and sometimes you need a great burger to satisfy that hunger. Enter Katsu Burger, is a hole-in-the-wall located in Georgetown. It’s an easy place to bypass, but don’t miss these mouth-watering, deep-fried Japanese burgers. The menu is full of uniquely named items such as the Tokyo Tower, Godzilla Attack and the Ninja Deluxe.

Katsu’s beef patties are dipped in tempura battered, coated with panko bread crumbs and deep fried. Substitutions for beef – like pork or chicken – are available at no extra charge. Plus, all the meat is hormone and antibiotic-free — something I always like to hear.

Meal steals: Katsu Burger’s best three dishes under $10 

It didn’t take long to decide on the Wabi Wasabi burger ($7.55) — a beef patty, topped with a slice of melted pepper jack cheese, spicy mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce and served between two toasted sesame seed buns. One morsel left on my plate stood between me and victory, but I would have exploded if I finished. I also got a side of shoestring fries ($1.85) with spicy mayo dipping sauce, which was just hot enough.

Another tempting choice was the Ohayou Gozaimasu ($9.55) — a beef patty topped with cheddar, a fried egg, bacon, Japanese mayo and tonkatsu sauce. Bacon makes everything better.

A customer favorite, the Ninja Deluxe ($8.25), is a pork cutlet topped with Swiss cheese, curry mayo and tonkatsu sauce. A customer sitting next to me couldn’t stop raving about this burger.

Katsu isn’t a huge place – no more than 15 seats – so if the dining area is full, order your burger to go.

Katsu Burger | 6538 4th Ave S., Seattle | (206) 762-0725