Umami - a savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty).

My husband introduced me to the world of Umami Powder after reading about and eating at the all famous, Umami Burger.  After thoroughly researching Umami and all the uses for such a powder, we tested it out on nothing other than…..a BURGER.

At first I was thinking we should cook the burger with the Umami Powder on it, but the hubster, after careful research told me otherwise.  We cooked the burger, then sprinkled the magical powder ON TOP! Well let me tell you, despite my reservations due to the ingredients (thinking it would wind up too fishy tasting), I must say this was the perfect compliment to a burger in all it’s ground beef glory!

The perfect combo of sweet, salty, and sour, this was honestly as perfect on a burger as ketchup is. So I share with you, my hubby’s UMAMI POWDER!

Umami Powder

Prep Time

5 Minutes
Total Time

5 Minutes

1/2 cup


  • 3 T Bonito Flakes
  • 1/2 oz Dried Kombu (crumbled)
  • 1/2 oz Shitake Mushrooms


  • Use a spice grinder to grind into a fine powder.