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News 2022.06.22


The Yokosuka Navy Burger is born

The recipe for the traditional naval hamburger, famous on occasions such as the US military base open house, was provided to Yokosuka City by the US Navy Base on 19 November 2008.

The longstanding Yokosuka US Navy base offered it as a symbol of friendship with the city, on the 10th anniversary of the “Yokosuka Navy Curry,” made using Japanese Navy cooking methods.

The Yokosuka Navy Burger is born

Yokosuka city is now developing a new gourmet brand of hamburgers based on the recipe called the” Yokosuka Navy Burger.”

Visitors will be able to taste these authentic burgers at any time from shops around the base.

History of hamburgers and Yokosuka

History of hamburgers and Yokosuka

The hamburger was first created in the USA more than 100 years ago.

It became popular as a delicious meal that people could either eat in a restaurant or while walking outside.

In the early 20th century, the US Navy served hamburgers with strong coffee to security guards on 24-hour shifts.

The hamburger became an easy and nutritious meal for those on duty.

An authentic hamburger preserves the original beef flavour and is extremely simple to make. Nevertheless, cooks on board US Navy vessels concocted secret flavours to give each burger a unique taste, creating a distinct military meal.

In the late 1940s, as American culture spread from the US Navy to Yokosuka, hamburgers were served to the sounds of big band jazz at the EM Club near Shioiri station giving the general public their first taste of this new food in Japan.

Yokosuka became one of the birthplaces of the hamburger, now popular throughout Japan.

At the open house in the US naval base, the authentic, fresh, giant hamburgers cooked over charcoal by soldiers and their families are extremely popular.

History of hamburgers and Yokosuka

The “Navy Burger” differs from the usual hamburgers served in restaurants or at home by virtue of its simplicity preserving the authentic flavour of traditional US Navy beef.

The new “Navy Burger” from Yokosuka will be introduced to the rest of Japan.


For more information

A letter from the Commander of the US Naval Forces in Japan