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01-05-2006, 12:27 PM #1
Ugh - I keep forgetting this list is no HTML and messages get sent back
hopefully I'll remember!
Hi! I thought I would share this recipe with you, that I come up with about 2
months ago. It is REALLY good and they are so easy to make as well
These burgers are meatless but honestly, they don't taste like they are at all!
I don't much like meat at all and also I really have to watch what I do eat due
to cholesterol levels that were at heart attack level.
Since there is just dh and I here at home now, many times we'll just grab a
sandwich or something if we're hungry. DH eats lunch meat though I will not and
so if I don't have any of my burgers made ahead and am hungry, I'm too likely to
just grab a cheese sandwich (and cheese is a big NO-NO for me!!)
By the way, my dh has tried and likes these burgers as well (he likes them with
gravy over top of them!) and also my son who doesn't live with me, has tried
them and in fact, when ever he stops by - he always asks if there are any made
up in the fridge. *lol*
Okay here goes with the recipe and the directions and please if you happen to
try them, let me know what you think, okay? It'd make me feel good to know that
I've blessed someone! (And yes, I did think up this recipe all by myself -
still can't believe that it worked though *lol*)
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup stuffing mix (I get the kind that the seasoning packet is mixed right in
with the stuffing)
1/2 package of dry onion soup mix (or beefy-onion soup mix)
1/4 cup of more of diced onion (sometimes I use more 'cuz I love onions)
Seasoning packet from ramen noodles (any flavor and I've even used the shrimp
flavored packets and could not tell - they were good too!!)
1/2 cup water Mix all ingredients together and when thoroughly mixed, shape into
patties. Put into a frying pan which has been sprayed with non-fat spray.
Brown burgers on low heat then turn and brown on the other side as well.
When browned on both sides, I then take about 1/2 cup of water (sometimes a
titch more but not much) and pour over top of all the burgers making sure I get
water on all of the burgers. Then I put the lid on the pan and simmer until the
water is all gone. Sometimes I will flip the burgers one more time when they've
been simmering for awhile.
Once the burgers are done, I take them out of the pan and place them on a plate
and let cool. I then, once they are cool - put them into a bowl with a lid and
put them in the fridge.
For some reason, these burgers get MUCH better texture if you make sure and do
this (let cool and then put in the fridge). I have tried them right after
cooking and to me, the texture was no where near as good as letting them cool
and then refrigerating for awhile.
I haven't tried to freeze these but imagine that they would freeze well. Also,
haven't tried using this recipe in making other things but would think it would
work as well.
Note: When I first made the recipe, I used 1/2 packet of instant mushroom gravy
in place of the packet from ramen soup but it cost more to do this and once I
found that I could use the packet from ramen noodles and it tasted just as good,
I quit using the gravy mix.
Love, Jennelle PS A couple of years ago, I used to make oatmeal burgers (with
oatmeal, sage and various spices, bouillon and an egg); however I like this new
recipe much better as I don't have to mess with all the spices 'n such, it's
just so quick and easy!
The recipe (from a few years ago) worked fine when adding it to recipes in place
of meat and they froze well also, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for the
oatmeal-stuffing burgers too. Would just have to try it and see, I suppose.
This recipe is a wonderful way to stretch your food dollar!!
Note: This week, I had about 1/4 of a loaf of homemade bread left over that was
still good (not stale or anything) but it was really dry. So what I decided to
try to do, was to put it over the cheese grater and grated it up (not too small
but in stuffing like chunks)
and then the next time I made the burgers, I only used 1/2 cup of stuffing mix
and 1/2 cup of the dried bread crumbs and it worked just fine.
So, I figure by doing this - it'll stretch the stuffing twice as far. (The
stuffing mix I buy is only 69 cents a box at Save-a-lot so you don't have to use
expensive stuffing, I bet if you made your own that it'd work just as good!!)
Date: Mon Feb 9, 2004 2:04 pm
Subject: Cheap burgers - No Meat!!
01-05-2006, 12:27 PM #2
What do you do with the unused Ramen noodles ?
01-05-2006, 12:27 PM #3
HI! I haven't been using the ramen noodles packet in the
burgers long enough to really have any noodles yet. I had some packets
in my cupboard (no idea what happened to the noodles *lol*) and I'm
still using the packets.
I was wondering too, what I could do with the ramen noodles when I
start needing more of the packets. Anybody have any ideas?
01-05-2006, 12:27 PM #4
My mom puts them in when she makes chicken soup from a package because she likes
01-05-2006, 12:28 PM #5
I make a mixture my kids dubbed Momma Helper using Ramen Noodles and
1 packet of the mix, this leaves me 1 leftover for other recipies.
2 packages Ramen Noodles (flavor depends on meat used)
1/2 pound ground beef or 1 cup leftover chicken or turkey
1/2 to 1 can corn, mushrooms or other leftover vegetables
Beef: brown 1/2 pound ground beef and drain. Add 2 packages of Beef
flavored Ramen Noodles broken up, 1 packet of seasoning mix, 2 cups
water and corn or mushrooms. Cook until noodles are done, about 5
Chicken or turkey: Put 1 cup chopped up cooked chicken or turkey in
a pot, add 2 packages chicken flavored Ramen noodles broken up, 1
packet of seasoning mix, 2 cups of water, and peas or other
vegetables. Cook until noodles are done, about 5 minutes.
Oriental: Put 1 small can baby shrimp ($1 at dollar store) into a
pot, add 2 packages oriental flavored Ramen noodles, 1 packet of
sauce mix, 2 cups of water and some stir fry vegetables or bean
sprouts. Cook until noodles are done, about 5 minutes.
Makes 4 servings for under $2.00
Kim in Mi
01-05-2006, 12:28 PM #6
I have heard of frying them up to make crunchies for salads. Personally, I love
to make my own cheese sauce, so I would probably put cheese sauce over them.
01-05-2006, 12:28 PM #7
Debi can you share your cheese sauce recipe? Sounds good for my
Thank you in advance......
01-05-2006, 12:28 PM #8
Jenelle wrote: I was wondering too, what I could do with the ramen noodles when
start needing more of the packets.
Raine replies: I try to stay far away from Ramen, as the noodles are fried, and
they're really bad for you. Also, I'd imagine it has a ton of sodium, and
perhaps MSG? (Just guessing here.)
I'm wondering if you couldn't use bouillon, and get the same flavor?
Or, an even more frugal idea that I'm experimenting with... dehydrate homemade
broth, and make your own bouillon.
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia." -Charles Shultz
01-05-2006, 12:28 PM #9
That sounds like a good idea, Mel.
01-05-2006, 12:29 PM #10
What a great idea!!! You know, you could take your burgers and
crumble them up, then freeze the crumbles to use in things like
chili, lasagne...tacos..heck, anything. This is way cheaper than
Oh, if you have an Aldi grocery store near you, you can buy all of
the ingredients really cheaply. I like sav a lot, too, but Aldi's is
closer to me.
01-11-2006, 11:22 AM #11
great dish for unused ramen noodles
Hi I'm new here!
I make this really great dish that everyone in my home loves-
I take the ramen noodles and cook them in boiling water only until there slightly soft (not too soft, still a little firm). Then I'll have some left over veggies and fresh veggies cut up, like carrots mushrooms squash, onions whatever you like is fine. Sautee those veggies in a little oil remove from pan, then take those cook noodles and fry them in a little oil. Just let them set on one side until brown (I Like mine a little crunchy brown) then flip over. Once you flip, add the veggies on top add a little soy sauce and let the other side brown a little, mix all up and WAA LAA.. a great noodle stir fry and its soooo good. My family always want this dish. Sometimes we eat this without any meat. Oh yeah, its great with a salad... Try it!
01-13-2006, 04:56 PM #12
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If you have a cholesterol condition, I suggest you stay away from Ramen noodles: they are fried. It's really not so good for anyone's health. A good alternative is to buy regular rice flat pasta and use it the same way in stir fries or soups, and make your own spices mix with chicken powder. I don't know if they are easily available in the states, but here in Quebec, I don't have to make a big trip to Chinatown to get them: they are in every corner grocery store.
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