How to Make a Ramen Burger
The Ramen Burger comes to New York City this weekend, as chef Keizo Shimamoto brings his umami bomb creation to Smorgasburg. But for those outside New York, or not willing to stand in line early enough to get one of the reported 100 total burgers, making a ramen burger in your own kitchen is not only possible, it's pretty fun, too! Below is our recipe gleaned from various internet sources for the perfect homemade ramen burger. We haven't been able to figure out Keizo's special sauce, but a bit of shoyu and sesame oil gives the burger an extra kick. Feel free to experiment with your favorite ramen seasonings! All photos are of chef Keizo's delicious original.
Ramen Burger Recipe
1 package of dried ramen (chef Keizo swears by Sun Noodle brand)
oil to fry
1 beef patty (about 75% lean works best to capture the full umami flavor)
shoyu (soy sauce)
1 scallion, chopped
cheddar cheese (optional)
This is perhaps the most mysterious part of the whole burger, but it's relatively simple to create.
First, cook your ramen (without the seasoning packet). Strain, then stir in the egg. Divide the ramen into two halves, and place in ramekins or other round containers to mold the ramen into a round shape. Place a smaller, heavier bowl over the ramen to press it into shape. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan, and fry both ramen patties until brown on one side and cooked on the other. Set aside, ready for the hamburger, with a bit of arugula on one side.
Fry your hamburger patty as you like it. Splash with soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.
Place cooked hamburger patty on top of the bun with the arugula, and top with scallions (or cheese if you like). Carefully place entire burger into wax paper to hold while you eat.