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What better way to "brunch" as a family than to make homemade loco moco's! My mom made her delicious hamburger patties, my husband Reid made kalua pork (using the Instant Pot), and we topped it off with fried egg, homemade mushroom and onion gravy and a side of pickled onions! By the end of the brunch, everything to the last drop of gravy was gone.

Click here to watch how we prepared brunch!

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Since the pork took the longest to cook, we started on this first. Reid bought about 3 lb of pork butt from Whole Foods. He cut it in half and added to the Instant Pot. After adding oil and browning all sides of the meat, he added in salt, water, and liquid smoke and cooked for 1 hour.

Here's the instant pot that we own:

Kalua Pork Recipe:

3 lb Pork Butt

1/2 C. Water

2 tsp. liquid smoke

salt (to taste)


Mom's hamburger patties are the best! They're simple but very tasty.

Chop one medium size onion into small pieces. Cut two slices of bread into very small pieces. Mix. Add one egg and 1/3 C. of milk and add in the hamburger and mix. Also, add in salt and pepper to taste. (Mom adds about 3/4 tsp. of salt)

This recipe makes about 8 medium sized patties.

Cook 3-5 minutes per side and flip.

Hamburger Patty Recipe:

1 lb. hamburger

1 medium size onion

2 slices of bread (any will do)

1 egg

1/3 C. milk

3/4 tsp. salt

pepper (to taste)

LOCO MOCO MUSHROOM GRAVY (One recipe feeds 4 people)

Right after the hamburger patties cook, use the drippings and fat from the hamburger and add the beef stock right into the pan. Add the mushroom and onion and all the liquid ingredients. Cook on medium. Slowly add in cornstarch mixture to thicken.

1 1/2 C. beef stock

4 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. ketchup

2 T. unsalted butter

sliced mushrooms

diced white onion

4 T. cornstarch (mix with water before adding to avoid clumping)


In a small pot, heat on low 1/2 a cup of water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix till all ingredients dissolve.

Slice one red onion and add to a mason jar.

Add liquid to the jar. We had to make two recipes to fill this one jar. Refrigerate for 24 hours.


1 Red onion

1/2 C. water

1/4 C. white vinegar

1/4 C. apple cider vinegar

1-2 T. honey

1 tsp. salt

Last but not least, don't forget to cook the egg!

Leave a comment below... are you a KALUA PORK LOCO MOCO or HAMBURGER PATTY LOCO MOCO person?

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