I absolutely love trying ridiculous, unexpected combinations of things. Donut sandwich? Check. KFC’s Double Down? Downed. Fat Sandy from Muchies 420? You know it. But when I heard the latest trend combines a burger with ramen noodles AS A BUN, it was something I KNEW I had to try. Legit Japanese ramen is one of my favorite things to eat and a go to when I’m not feeling great. And who doesn’t love burgers?! What better way than to make it myself.
This recipe seems like a pretty daunting task. I know I pushed back making it because I couldn’t figure out how the hell I was going to make a bun out of ramen noodles. Lucky for me, the prep was relatively painless. The ramen buns took about five minutes, took me another five to make the burgers, and like 3 minutes to make either sauce. That’s it. It’s a super simple recipe that is HUGE on flavor.
Gochujang (Korean chili paste) is pretty much my favorite way to add spice right now. Sriracha is great, but only really hits one note. The depth of flavor with the gochujang just compliments food so well. Because I wanted to incorporate gochujang somehow, I decided on a Korean BBQ flair. Yes, I do know that ramen is a traditional Japanese meal, but I loved the idea of grilling up a Korean BBQ-style burger and putting it on ramen noodles.
A couple of things to note while you’re making this:
1. I used a charcoal grill to cook the meat. I feel like it really enhanced the flavor. If you only have a gas grill or a pan, no worries. It should still turn out great.
2. Make sure there is enough oil to cook the ramen “buns”. The last thing you want is your smoke detector to go off as you’re tending to the buns. As you can see, my bun got a little crispy. It still tasted fantastic. I guarantee they will not fall apart if you do it right.
3. You can combine the four elements of the burger ahead of time and then just cook when you’re ready. In this case, the extra time in the fridge for the ramen buns most likely helps it and the flavors combined with the meat can really meld together and create a flavorful patty.
This recipe is top five on things I’ve ever made, and if I’m being really honest, probably top three. It’s really that good. And since there’s not a whole lot of time that goes into it, you should be able to make it and taste the amazingness that is the ramen burger! Hope you enjoy!
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