Spaghetti Burger, the Italian response to NYC's ramen burger
Buns made of pasta. Buns made of Pasta?!

When I came across the image of a  burger stuffed between Ramen Noodles in lieu of a bun, I knew I could successfully use Spaghetti to make buns Italian style, instead.  Spaghetti Bun Burgers. With hundreds of people standing in line at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, only on Saturdays at East River State Park, on the Williamsburg waterfront, my curiosity was well challenged. I just had to find a way to satisfy it.

And I had to do it in my own kitchen since unlike the Cronut, no place in London is already selling the new fancy delicacy from New York.

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People start lining up at 7:30 a.m. on “for a chance to get just one ramen burger, which Shimamoto, who is of Japanese descent and grew up in Los Angeles, says is made with fresh ramen from Sun Noodle in New Jersey”.

An urban story that resembles well the launch of the most popular food craze of the moment, the Cronut. It’s again fusion food that catches the attention of New Yorkers, and again the intersection of two different culinary cultures. With a Cronut, French all butter croissants meet what is probably the America’s favorite sweet indulgence,  Mr. Donut. In a Ramen burger, Japanese noodle marries Mr. Hamburger,  the great invention of Louis Lassen, a danish immigrant in America in 1900.

In my kitchen, veggie patties made of layers of Portobello mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella are stuffed between chewy and compact Spaghetti Buns. Same concept, Italian flavors and, above all, no queues involved. Would you ever replace soft bread loaf with this spaghetti-based bun? Are you ready to say bye to Bread?

p.s. While I write this post I find out that at Philadelphia’s PYT someone recently came up with the same idea. I already have a competitor :).

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Spaghetti Burger

Spaghetti Burger, the Italian response to NYC's ramen burger

Ingredients

  • For the pasta buns:
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 gr spaghetti
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Beat the eggs into a bowl with a fork or a whisk, add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  • Cook your spaghetti in abundant boiling water.
  • Drain and pour them in the bowl with the egg mixture. Mix well.
  • Place the pastry rings into a hot pan containing the oil. Fill the bottom half of the pastry ring with spaghetti (the bottom of the ring is the size of the desired "bun". Depending on how thick you want your pasta buns to be, you can fill it up to the edge. After a first try I decided not to fill the whole ring like otherwise shown in the pic above).
  • Fry a few minutes. With the help of a lid or plate, flip the frittata and let it cook for a few minutes on the other side.
  • Build your hamburger now. Place your favorite patty on the bottom bun and top with your favorite ingredients/sauce. Place your top pasta bun and serve with fries or a salad.

 

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  1. I love this concept! I think I’ll try out the ramen buns first (there is a new restaurant in my area that also just opened up for ramen burgers) & then move onto the pasta buns, but I’ll use whole wheat pasta instead just to try to be a little healthier.

    I love that you made a vegetarian burger too. Looks so yummy. Surprised you didn’t add some mozzarella in between the burger or basil for lettuce! Or even radicchio! I guess the sauce did enough for the cheese part. 😀

  2. beautiful idea and such lovely golden spaghetti burgers with that perfectly brown top….it would have never occurred to us to use spaghetti instead,thanks for the inspiration…terrific recipe and adorable food clicks as always 🙂