Hikari is one of the oldest burger joints outside Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. For a Sasebo Burger in its purest form, try Hikari's basic cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and mayo. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES
Hikari is one of the oldest burger joints outside Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. For a Sasebo Burger in its purest form, try Hikari's basic cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and mayo. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES

Showdown in Sasebo: Japanese port city’s best American-style burgers duel to the finish

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

A Sasebo Burger has all the greasy goodness of a traditional American cheeseburger mixed with a little Japanese flair.

The iconic piece of America is sold at a variety of shops outside the gates of Sasebo Naval Base, one of the smallest U.S. military installations in Japan.

U.S. sailors introduced the hamburger to Sasebo in the early 1950s during the Korean War. The small shops that popped up around the base were reportedly the first of their kind in Japan, and from those humble beginnings a legend was born that continues to draw tourists from around the country.

I tried two of these iconic burger houses for a side-by-side comparison of flavor, looks and price.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.598628

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