If you haven’t yet heard the news, there’s a new burger in town, and it’s called the ramen burger. The red-hot food trend sprung up rather suddenly over the weekend in New York, when creator Keizo Shimamoto debuted his master creation at the “Brooklyn Smorgasburg.” He sold out of the 150 burgers he’d brought with him, disappointing the rest of the people waiting in a massive line. Now, he has plans to open a ramen burger restaurant. He spent time in Tokyo honing his cooking skills and was inspired by the cuisine there. “They have ramen burgers there,” he says, “but they don’t use beef patties. I wanted to bring the two together here in New York.”
You don’t have to travel all the way to the Big Apple, though, to sink your teeth into this Asian-inspired creation. Ramen burgers are not too complicated to make at home. Follow this easy recipe for a unique homemade version of the ramen burger and you’ll be enveloped in ramen-y goodness in no time!
This recipe makes one burger.
For the Buns
1 package ramen noodles
2 TBSP oil
For the Burger
8 oz. ground beef
1 tsp. shoyu sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
Sriracha sauce mixed with ketchup
First, cook the ramen noodles as you normally would and drain them carefully. Let them sit and dry out for about ten minutes. Then, whisk one egg in a bowl until it’s thoroughly beaten. Divide the ramen noodles in half and place each half into a cruet. Then, pour half the egg mixture into each. Mix the noodles and egg together, then place a sheet of wax paper over the top and press down firmly. It’s best to use a flat-bottomed glass to press the noodles.
Next, mix the sesame oil and shoyu sauce into the ground beef and form into a patty. Fry the patty to your own desired level of doneness. While the hamburger is cooking, fry up the noodle patties. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Gently turn the cruet over and carefully place the noodle patty into the oil. Don’t touch or move the noodle patty for a good two minutes. When it is brown on one side gently flip it and fry the other side to a golden brown color. Repeat this process with the second noodle patty. After both noodle patties are cooked, assemble the burger by placing it onto the ramen “buns.” Once the burger is safely nestled on the bottom half of the ramen “bun,” top it with American cheese, scallions, the Sriracha sauce/ketchup blend and arugula. If desired, you can also add tomato.
There you have it: an easy to make, delicious ramen burger. It might not be as exciting as waiting in a long line in New York, but when you get that overwhelming ramen craving, this hearty burger will definitely satisfy. You can add more or less of any one of the toppings according to your taste, and slather more Shoyu sauce and sesame oil on top if desired. Enjoy!
By: Rebecca Savastio