Taste the Trend: Make Your Own Ramen Burger!

08/27/2013 at 08:31 PM ET

Make Your Own Ramen Burger
Courtesy Keizo Shimamoto

You could wait in line for hours to taste Keizo Shimamoto’s culinary craze, the Ramen Burger. Or get instant-gratification and cook one at home tonight!

Guess how we’re voting.

There’s a reason the crowds start gathering at Brooklyn flea market Smorgasburg in the wee hours of the morning to snag this tasty Japanese-American hybrid: A juicy, beef patty is packed between two ramen noodle “buns,” topped with arugula and scallions, and smothered in a secret Shoyu soy sauce. How good does that sound? (Even model Chrissy Teigen snuck a ramen burger into her strict pre-wedding diet.)

In the end, though, it all comes down to that chewy, crispy, salty ramen bun—and it’s a cinch to recreate:

The Ramen Burger: Home Edition

Serves 1

1 packet instant ramen noodles (with seasoning)
1 egg
1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add the noodles and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and drain the noodles.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and ½ packet of ramen seasoning. (Use the other half later to season the burger meat.) Add the cooked noodles and mix until well-coated.
3. Divide the ramen mixture in two, and press each portion into a round ramekin. Cover both ramekins with plastic wrap, and place weights (like cans of soup) on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Remove the noodles from the ramekins. Heat 1 tbsp. vegetable oil in a large pan, and cook the “buns” over medium-high until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat, and pile high with your favorite burger patty and toppings.

— Sonal Dutt

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“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

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LAGirlie on

Made them last weekend. Big hit at our house!!! Easy and tasty!

Bob on

This looks great, makes my arm cast swell up!

Tim on

Makes me want it real bad.

Jess on

I’d take that on anytime, any place!

Tim on

Jess is all hot and bothered now. Kind of weird, if you ask me.

Jess on

No, It’s just that I love Ramen.

Tim on

Uhhh, you do know that ramen is a food, not a person, right?!

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