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Creative Ramen Noodle Recipes: Ramen Burger

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 BarsIf 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

12 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.


  1. Open the Ramen wrapper at one end only. Leave the Ramen inside. Set aside the seasoning packet.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain off excess water, leaving only the cooked square of Ramen in the bag.
  4. 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.
  5. Place the hamburger patty in the middle. Place the Ramen square on top.
  6. 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.

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