The Weirdest (& Most Delicious) Ramen Hacks You've Ever Seen

Photo: Courtesy of J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
This story was originally published on August 14, 2015.

I definitely got swept up in the ramen trend. I try as many ramen restaurants as I possibly can, am willing to eat the piping hot soup during the hottest summer months, and even went as far as to stand in the ridiculously long line that results in a ramen burger.

A year ago, we thought the ramen burger was crazy. That was just the beginning. Thanks to that wildly amazing invention (which subs regular buns for ones made out of ramen noodles), there are now a bunch of even kookier ramen noodle hybrids on offer. You can pretty much name your favorite comfort food, search the web, and voilà, you'll be able to find a version that subs in ramen noodles for some of the more typical ingredients. Ahead, check out some of the craziest (and crazy-delicious) ramen noodle snacks and dishes we could find.
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Photo: Courtesy of Josh Scherer.
Ramen Donuts

Forget yeast and cake doughnuts. Thanks to Culinary Bro-Down, you can make a bunch of different varieties using instant ramen noodles.
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Photo: Courtesy of J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
Ramac & Cheese
You might be used to tiny elbows and shells, but ramen noodles work just as well for a crispy homemade take on boxed mac 'n' cheese.
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Photo: Courtesy of Komforte Chockolates.
Ramen Chocolate

We love the sweet and savory combo, but ramen, onion, garlic, and soy sauce flavors mixed with chocolate is slightly terrifying.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gina Forster.
Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix

If you ate uncooked instant ramen out of the packaging with the flavoring sprinkled on top as a kid, then you'll love this ramen snack mix idea.
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Photo: Courtesy of Danguole Lekaviciute.
Ramen Brownies With Whiskey Caramel

Crispy and sweet all at the same time, these brownies will satisfy chocolate and ramen lovers alike.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sarah J. Gim.
Ramen Grilled Cheese With Kimchi

Who needs bread when you're got ramen? Cooked noodles actually make the perfect vessel for ooey-gooey melted cheese.
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Ramen Grilled Cheese

What's better than a ramen noodle grilled cheese? A ramen noodle grilled cheese with bacon, of course!
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Photo: Courtesy of Hugh Merwin.
Ramen Hoagie Roll

Not only does this ramen hoagie look exactly like a classic hoagie, it tastes like one, too. The noodles even get toasted like your typical bread roll.
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Photo: Courtesy of Devany Lister Aley.
Ramen Crispy Treats

Our only question is why everyone isn't already making ramen crispy treats?!
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Photo: Courtesy of Amy Erickson.
Ramen Chicken Nuggets

Instead of your typical breading, Oh, Bite It swaps out bread crumbs for crushed up ramen noodles. Brilliant.
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Photo: Courtesy of J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
Ramen Crust Pizza

A crispy, crunchy crust is the key to the perfect pizza anyway, this one is just slightly more squiggly.
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Photo: Courtesy of Josh Scherer.
Ramen Poutine

Of all the weird ways you can sub ramen into a classic recipe, ramen fries with gravy is the one we want to try the most.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chris Rochelle,
Ramen Waffle Sandwich

Yes, you can put ramen noodles in your waffle iron. Yes, you should try it immediately and turn the results into a breakfast sandwich.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kyle Marcoux.
Ramen Taco

Sure a ramen taco might be kind of unwieldy to eat, but after the bacon weave taco, it was only a matter of time.
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Photo: Courtesy of @RamenBurger.
Ramen Burger

And who could forget the hybrid that spurred all these other crazy ramen recipes — Keizo Shimamoto's ramen burger.
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Sadly, the New York restaurant behind the internet famous Ramenrrito is now closed. But you can always recreate it by adding cooked ramen noodles to homemade burritos!

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