The Ramen Burger Recipe


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  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 Minutes


Prep Ahead
  • The Thousand Island or The Spicy Sriracha Aioli
  • The BBQ Sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 vegan burger patties, or 8 patties for a double decker
  • ½ cup The BBQ Sauce
  • 4 vegan cheddar cheese slices
  • ½ cup The Thousand Island or The Spicy Sriracha Aioli
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 tomato, sliced thick
Ramen Patties
  • 2 vegan onion or other bouillon cubes dissolved in 3 cups water, or 3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 4 3 (oz/100 g) packs instant ramen noodles (vegan-friendly)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying
How to Make It
  1. To make the sandwiches, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the burger patties for about 3 minutes on each side or until lightly charred. Then coat one cooked side with the BBQ sauce, flip, coat the other side, and cook for another 3 minutes. Flip, place a cheddar slice on top, and cook for 3 more minutes. Lower the heat or turn off the heat and cover the pan to keep the patties warm and continue melting the cheese.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the ramen patties. Bring the stock to a boil. Add the noodles and cook for 3 minutes. You could also use the instant ramen flavor packet instead of bouillon or stock. Drain the ramen but do not rinse.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and add a coating of vegetable oil. Lightly coat 1 or 2 ring molds, each 2½ inches in diameter, with vegetable oil. Place the ring molds in the pan. Fill each ring with ramen noodles to just below the top edge. Oil a spatula or spoon and use it to press and pack the noodles firmly in the rings while you cook them for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the ring and again press the ramen patties down to cook the other side for approximately 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low as the pan gets hotter. Remove the cooked ramen patties to a wire rack and gently remove the rings. You might need to trim any stuck noodles, but don’t pull them or the patty will unravel. Continue this process until you have 8 ramen patties. As long as the rings and the pan are oiled, there shouldn’t be much unraveling.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, coat one side of each ramen patty with Thousand Island. Place a handful of lettuce on top, then add a burger patty with melted cheese, tomato, and another drizzle of BBQ sauce, and top with a ramen patty.

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