You might be wondering what the heck is a ramen burger? No. the ramen doesn’t replace the beef patty, it actually replaces the bun! The ramen burger made its debut in New York when chef Keizo Shimamoto introduced this dish at Smorgasburg (Brooklyn’s weekly outdoor food festival) and it was an instant hit. It may be a little more time consuming to make than your good-ol-fashioned hamburger, but it’s asian twist makes it even more delicious.
Serving Size: 2 Ramen Burgers
Recipe adapted from popsugar.com
- 1 package ramen noodles
- 3 eggs, divided
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 12 oz ground beef (85 percent lean)
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1/2 tablespoon mayonaise
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- 1/2 tomato, thinly sliced
- 1/4 onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup arugula or lettuce (chopped)
- Cook the ramen according to the directions on the package (including 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 four portions, and place each half into a rameki or small bowl.
- 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.
- Wipe out the skillet, and lower the heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, and fry 2 eggs sunny side up.
- Assemble the burger in this order: ramen bun, arugula, sriracha-mayo, tomato burger patty, onion, fried egg, and the second ramen bun. Wrap in wax paper for easier eating, and serve hot.
- 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.
- Whisk together the sriracha and mayo in a small bowl.
- Divide the hamburger meat into two-6oz patties and season 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.