Intro: How to Make a Ramen Burger
Engineered by Keizo Shimamoto and sold at Brooklyn, NY's Smorgasburg, the Ramen Burger — a shoyu-glazed patty nestled between two eggy ramen buns . Instant ramen becomes a nearly-instant burger bun in this fun, and tasty, spin on a traditional hamburger seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil.
- 1 package ramen noodles
- 2 eggs, divided
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1/2 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 beef burger patty
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- 1 slice American cheese
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias
- 1/2 cup arugula
- Ramekins (use ramekins that are similar in size to the burger patty. If you don't have ramekins, substitute with a bowl that is the same size as the patty.)
- Small mixing bowl
- Small bowl
- Wax paper (optional)
Yields 1 burger
Step 1: Cooking the Noodles
Cook the ramen according to the directions on the package (excluding the seasoning), then drain off the liquid. Let cool to room temperature. In a small mixing bowl, whisk 1 egg until no streaks of yolk remain. Add the ramen, tossing thoroughly to coat with the egg. Divide the egg-dressed ramen into two portions, and place each half into a ramekin.
Step 2: Molding Your "Buns"
In a small mixing bowl, whisk 1 egg until no streaks of yolk remain. Add the ramen, tossing thoroughly to coat with the egg. Divide the egg-dressed ramen into two portions, and place each half into a ramekin. Cover the ramen with plastic wrap, and weigh it down with a can of soup to compress it into a bun shape. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Step 3: Cooking the "Buns" and Meat
Add the oil to a skillet, and set over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, unmold the ramen buns into the pan, and cook until the bottom is a dark golden brown. Flip both of the patties, and cook until a dark golden brown on both sides.
Season the hamburger patty with salt, pepper, a splash of soy sauce, and sesame oil. Wipe out the skillet, and cook the burger over medium-high heat until medium rare, or to your preferred degree of doneness. Finish with a splash of soy sauce and sesame oil. Top with a slice of cheese.
Step 4: Optional Sauce
Whisk together the sriracha(if you like adding it to your ramen) and ketchup in a small bowl. This will be the sauce, but you can use what you want.
Step 5: Adding an Egg
Wipe out the skillet, and lower the heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, and fry 1 egg sunny side up.
Step 6: Assembling the Ramen Burger
Assemble the burger in this order:
- ramen bun
- (spicy) ketchup
- burger patty (cheese side up)
- fried egg
- second ramen bun.
Wrap in wax paper for easier eating, and serve hot.
Step 7: Enjoy!!!!
Enjoy your ramen burger!