Revitalize your ramen noodles with a juicy burger and a bun!
This creative ramen noodle recipe comes courtesy of Prison Ramen: Stories and Recipes from Behind Bars. If you’re looking to make use of ramen cups in a creative way, or if you’re out of toppings for your frozen hamburger, here’s a delicious solution!
Excerpted from Prison Ramen: Stories and Recipes from Behind Bars. Copyright © 2020.
Here’s the recipe once more:
1 pack beef flavor Ramen
1⁄2 cup boiling water
2 hamburger buns or 1 hoagie or hero roll, split open
Lettuce leaves or shredded lettuce
1 slice onion
2 slices cheese
2 slices tomato
A few hot pickle wheels
1 cooked hamburger patty
Note: The hamburger patty would have been smuggled from the kitchen.
- Open the Ramen wrapper at one end only. Leave the Ramen inside. Set aside the seasoning packet.
- Hold the open wrapper edge with one hand. With the other, pour the water into the wrapper. Seal with both hands for about a minute.
- Drain off excess water, leaving only the cooked square of Ramen in the bag.
- Place the open buns side by side on a plate. Spread the bun halves with mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup, and top with the lettuce, onion, cheese, tomato, and pickles.
- Place the hamburger patty in the middle. Place the Ramen square on top.
- Sprinkle a little of the seasoning on top of the Ramen square. Close up the sandwich.
More About Prison Ramen
A unique and edgy cookbook, Prison Ramen takes readers behind bars with more than 65 ramen recipes and stories of prison life from the inmate/cooks who devised them, including celebrities like Slash from Guns n’ Roses and the actor Shia LaBeouf.
Instant ramen is a ubiquitous food, beloved by anyone looking for a cheap, tasty bite—including prisoners, who buy it at the commissary and use it as the building block for all sorts of meals. Think of this as a unique cookbook of ramen hacks. Here’s Ramen Goulash. Black Bean Ramen. Onion Tortilla Ramen Soup. The Jailhouse Hole Burrito. Orange Porkies—chili ramen plus white rice plus ½ bag of pork skins plus orange-flavored punch. Ramen Nuggets. Slash’s J-Walking Ramen (with scallions, Sriracha hot sauce, and minced pork).
Coauthors Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez and Clifton Collins Jr. are childhood friends—one an ex-con, now free and living in Mexico, and the other a highly successful Hollywood character actor who’s enlisted friends and celebrities to contribute their recipes and stories. Forget flowery writing about precious, organic ingredients—these stories are a first-person, firsthand look inside prison life, a scared-straight reality to complement the offbeat recipes.