Food & Drink
RECIPE: Spaghetti + Meatball Burgers — Because Ramen Burgers Are So 2013
by Lea Faminiano
Alright ramen burgers, time to move over – it’s time to kick it up a notch with spaghetti and meatball burgers. No, it’s not the newest crazy New York trend, and it’s not being offered anywhere to my knowledge, but it came to me in a dream, and I felt it was my duty to make that dream a reality. Inspired, I took this DIY ramen burger recipe from a while back and tweaked it a bit to bring you the finished product. Use whatever sauce and meatballs you’ve got available, if you’re trying to burger-fy your grandmother’s recipe or if you just want to use frozen IKEA balls and canned sauce, I don’t judge.
And – why stop at spaghetti and meatballs? Why not try fettuccine alfredo burgers, lo mein burgers, udon burgers?! The possibilities are pretty endless, especially if your dreams normally consist of burger possibilities, like mine do. Happy burger making!
Spaghetti + Meatball Burgers
1 small handful of spaghetti (I used gluten-free Barilla)
Seasoning (as desired: salt, pepper, garlic powder)
Meatball(s). This really depends on what you’ve got – I used one big one and cut it in half.
1. Boil pasta according to directions. I know nothing about measuring pasta, but pictured below is the amount that I found worked best. Make sure you salt the pasta generously – when done, let cool for ten minutes.
2. Mix the pasta with the beaten egg. If you want to add seasonings, this is the time to do it.
3. Take two small ramekins and divide the pasta between them. Press plastic wrap against the surface of each one, weigh them down with the flat bottoms of glasses, then place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
4. Heat a non-stick pan with olive oil on medium-high heat, then invert one of the noodle buns into the pan. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy looking on one side, then flip – the other side should only need about 2-3 minutes. Repeat for each bun.
5. Take your meatball (or meatballs) and arrange on one of the noodle buns as you would normally arrange meat on a burger. Spoon tomato sauce over the meatball as you would add ketchup. Top with the other noodle bun.