I Made a Ramen Burger...Sort Of

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Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you've no doubt heard about the famous Ramen Burger -- a burger slapped between two pan-fried ramen "buns" invented by Keizo Shimamoto and sold at the Smorgasburg food market in Brooklyn. It's a bit of a phenomenon.

It's been written about everywhere from the Huffington Post to the International Business Times. It's been on Good Morning America. Its fame is being compared to that of the cronut.

And yet, we haven't seen a ramen burger pop up anywhere in Houston. It's been around since August 3, so it seems like about time someone got on it!

A few nights ago, after watching too many consecutive episodes of Law & Order and feeling really sad about the world, I decided that someone would be me. I would bring joy back into my life by making a ramen burger.

Here's how it went.

Ramen burgers aren't particularly difficult to make, in theory. If you can make a burger and fry an egg, you can make a ramen burger. I went to the grocery store and bought two packages of instant ramen and a box of frozen veggie burgers (I was in the mood for some fake meat, OK?) and set to work.

Step 1.
Boil the ramen until it's soft but not mushy. Strain it.

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg

Step 2.
Beat an egg and mix the ramen noodles with it.

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg

Step 3.
Wrap the ramen/egg mixture in plastic wrap and pack it into something vaguely bun-shaped. I used empty hummus containers. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.

Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg

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for someone that likes only a  plain jane burger hmmmmmm

Bruce_Are topcommenter

This post is so August, 2013 that it makes me want to puke.  The current rage among burgers is not on pretzel buns, or ramen noodle buns, but on cronut buns. Of course you'll need the input of your cicerone as to which beer would pair best.  I prefer Duvel or Westvleteren 12, but that's just me.


Very nice, but doesn't go far enough. Here's what I would do. For the patty, pan fry some spam until you get a good crust. top with a fried egg (over hard), kimchi (cabbage and/or cucumber), sauteed mushrooms and scallions. Lightly season the egg with the ramen instant soup powder. If you need a spread, make a mayo-sriracha combination.

erichenao topcommenter

The vine video posted on youtube is interesting. Not sure I'm into the concept of the noodle burger. Close up shot of the patty meat was…interesting. Love your effort though! Enjoyable to read.


Never heard of this thing but seems interesting

gossamersixteen topcommenter

I am going to perfect this recipe, it's carb overload but who cares.. Nice one K.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard If you read the post, it says "I was in the mood for some fake meat." Does that answer your question?

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@KaitlinS I read the post.  My point is that your first attempt to make something (especially if you're trying to review it) should try to be as close to the original as possible.  If the copycat is stellar, THEN add or substitute other ingredients, and review those results, as well.

gossamersixteen topcommenter

@KaitlinS @gossamersixteen I used the teri-burger mix from Noh  foods (Hawaiian) with ground sirloin , used a smidge of corn starch in the egg as a binder and viola perfection. I also added gochuchang and grilled green onions but that's me Korean-fying your recipe. Perfect with a tomato from the back yard, and some thinly sliced yellow pepper.

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