Burger Project 2013 – It’s the Noodle Dream!

Ok so the title is a reference to Kung Fu Panda for my husband. But the burger does have noodles!

My daughter, as you may or may not know, lives in Sweden and is studying for her Master’s Degree.  After a failed Skype attempt today, we opted for a phone call. It was during this call she informs me what they are having for dinner. A Ramen Burger…a what?! You guessed it ‘Top Ramen’ noodles make up the bun. I was so intrigued and knew I simply must incorporate this into my burger project. So from over 5,000 miles away I start receiving pictures of this Burger Project by proxy…or rather Laura!

Forming the noodles into a 'patty'

Forming the noodles into a ‘patty’

All pressed and ready to cook up

All pressed and ready to cook up

Beautifully cooked and ready to assemble

Beautifully cooked and ready to assemble

Perfect size!

Perfect size!

And let's eat!

And let’s eat!

Well done Laura and Joakim! I think you have successfully made us all curious and hungry!

1 package ramen noodles
2 eggs, divided
2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/2 tablespoon sriracha
1 beef burger patty
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
1 slice American cheese
1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias
1/2 cup arugula

  1. Cook the ramen according to the directions on the package (including the seasoning add half to the noodles and the other half into the burger meat itself), 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 two portions, and place each half into a ramekin.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Whisk together the sriracha and ketchup in a small bowl. If you don’t have Sriracha you can use red chili paste.
  5. Season the hamburger patty 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. Top with a slice of cheese.
  6. Wipe out the skillet, and lower the heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, and fry 1 egg sunny side up.
  7. Assemble the burger in this order: ramen bun, arugula, ketchup, burger patty (cheese side up), fried egg, scallions, and the second ramen bun. Wrap in wax paper for easier eating, and serve hot.
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