“It’s an easy one this month, but I think it’s fun too, or maybe too boring?”
So Gen says when she came up with this month’s challenge:Burgers.
Not when she specifically said, “not just some minced slapped together with a slice of tomato and a lettuce leaf.” In fact, Gen was quite specific about the burger having to be fun and interesting. That was enough to set my mind to work. So I googled.
With “fancy burgers” being my main keywords, I was greeted by images like this:
Like how most, if not all burgers are made, messy with the slabs of meat, hedonistically (I’m not sure it’s a word. But you know what I mean) stuffed-up and sauced-in is the classic signature look. I toyed with the idea of no-bun burger and that was immediately killed because, according to Silver Bullet a burger is not a burger without the buns.
I beg to differ.
Why you asked? Even if you didn’t ask, l’ll tell you why: Buns can always be substituted with something else. Like rice burger or lettuced-wrapped burger or whatever you fancy. With that in mind, I decided to make mine using ramen for the fun of it.
The meat? I thought since we are onto ramen, I’ll couple it with teriyaki turkey. Not just flattened minced meat, but using a chunk of breast meat. Baked in home-made teriyaki sauce. It’s healthier that way .
I know, I know; I’m a hypocrite. Ramen is baaaad. Period. It’s processed so thereby, it’s bad and it will sit in your stomach for ages before being digested. In my defense, we only ever eat ramen every once in a while, so I’m declaring that it is OK.
Plus, it really isn’t that bad. All its flavours just fused together…caramelised onions, teriyaki turkey doused in leftover teriyaki sauce and all the veggies in between. You will do no wrong.
So. Easy, fun and interesting this shall be. Here we go!
Baked Teriyaki Turkey Ramen Burger
A flavourful explosion of Japanese -inspired burger in a fun ramen-like bun!
Stick a piece of toothpick right into the burger to keep it together,
It's a burger! Fill it up to your hearts'content and feel free to substitute the turkey with chicken. Dousing the baked meat with more teriyaki sauce is optional, though it makes the remen burger taste better. Best use thigh meat for its juiciness rather than breast meat.
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Feeling burgerised by now? I bet you would.
And you know what? There really is no better way to soak up all that burger by hopping over to our Recipe-Goddess Gen in South Africa with her take on easy, fun and interesting burger recipe.
Update: I found out today after this post went up that my dearest friend, Gen has had an unfortunate mishap and has been in recovery. So no South African burger till she gets better and she definitely will! Do visit her (site) nevertheless! Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery, Gen! X.
Monthly Mystery Munchies features every first Friday of the month in collaboration with Gen, Author of Eat, Play, Clove. Stay tuned with next month’s edition from the Grubbs ‘n Critters’ Kitchen!