Ramen Burger (Homemade)

The latest craze right now is the Ramen Burger. Much like the Cronut craze, the Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto in Brooklyn has caused quite a sensation, with people lining up for hours just to taste one. Even though I spent a few days in NY recently, I wasn’t willing to wait and instead decided to try making my own. Unlike the Cronut, it’s actually quite a bit easier to make a ramen burger.

Of course, just one day after I made my own creation, RakiRaki in San Diego announced on FB and Twitter that they had added their version of the ramen burger to their  menu. The original Ramen Burger from Brooklyn is also going to be in LA this Saturday.

I had first read about a ramen burger concept debuting at some chains in Japan. I thought it seemed interesting and even found some home videos on how to make one. I bought all the ingredients and then never got around to it. Then the NY version starting buzzing and I knew I just had to make it.

There’s a few video tutorials, but I followed this one for the basic ramen bun. For the patty, I made my own ground beef patty, which I seasoned with some curry powder because when I think ramen, I think Japanese curry. I skipped the fried egg, instead just adding some baby spinach and tomato slices. And I added a little bit of bacon flavored Onion Crunch on top. Here are some of my step by step photos:

First you cook the ramen according to instructions, I significantly reduced the seasoning powder so that the “bun” would not be too salty.

Then you remove the noodles and mix in an egg. The egg is what is going to bind your noodle bun together.

Split the ramen noodles in half. Pour into large cylinders/ramekins that are about the size of a hamburger bun. Wrap plastic wrap over container and press down to firmly pack noodles.

Add something on top to add a little weight. I added a tupperware bottom and then put a heavy can on top of that. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let set.

Heat up your frying pan with some oil. Flip over your ramen noodle container so that the noodle bun slides easily into frying pan in one piece.

Fry for a few minutes each both side until noodles become slightly crispy.

Add in hamburger patty and additional toppings of your choice.

Homemade Ramen Burger

Ingredients:

1 packet ramen noodles
1 egg

Burger ingredients:
burger patty
curry powder (optional)
lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, etc
bacon bits or bacon flavored Onion Crunch
cheese slice (optional)
fried egg (Optional)

Directions:

1. Cook the ramen noodles according to instructions, I significantly reduced the seasoning powder so that the "bun" would not be too salty.
2. Drain the noodles. Place noodles in a medium bowl and mix in an egg. thoroughly mix in the raw egg with the noodles so that all the noodles are coated. The egg is what is going to bind your noodle bun together.
3. Split the ramen noodles in half. Pour into 2 large cylinders/ramekins that are about the size of a hamburger bun. Wrap plastic wrap over container and press down to firmly pack noodles. Add something on top to add a little weight. I added a tupperware bottom and then put a heavy can on top of that. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let set.
4. Meanwhile, heat up/cook your burger patty. I made a free form patty with some ground beef, salt and curry powder to add some more Japanese flare. Heat up your frying pan with some oil. Flip over your ramen noodle container upside down so that the noodle bun slides easily into frying pan in one piece. Fry for a few minutes on both sides until noodles become slightly crispy.
5. Add in patty and additional toppings of your choice.

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4 comments on “Ramen Burger (Homemade)”

  1. How did it taste? I bet it had a cool texture!

  2. I almost made this also, but I didn’t think I’d actually like the noodles as a bun… Looks like it turned out well for you.

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