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The Best Burger

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by mikeky, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    As I was about to trudge off to eat baked chicken (yuck!) for dinner, I ran across this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/15/dining/15BURG.html">item</a> about NY's best burgers.

    <img src="http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/01/14/dining/15burg.468.jpg">

    While not quite ready to shell out $26 for one, I do curse whoever came up with this thing called cholesterol. So what's your favorite take on the lowly burger, NY or otherwise? Mine from long ago was at a place in Lexington near UK (can't remember the name, but no longer there anyway); it looked very much like the picture above. A very distant second would be a regional chain called Backyard Burger, but they've slipped much over the last few years.
  2. cdw

    cdw Ahhhh...the good life.

    I can't believe you posted this... I am at this moment making burgers, lol.
    I'd take that burger in the picture without the cheese and onions...throw a coupla mushrooms on. Ummmm.
  3. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    For Those with a cholesterol problem:

    Mushroom Burger

    2 servings
    37 minutes (15 min prep, 22 min cooking)

    1 tablespoon canola oil
    3 1/24 cups diced portabello mushrooms
    1/3 cup minced onions
    1 clove crushed garlic
    1/2 cup garlic and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs
    1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute
    freshly ground black pepper

    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, saut onion and garlic in oil for 2 minutes.
    2. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are cooked down and liquid has disappeared, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    3. Let cool.
    4. Combine with rest of ingredients; form into 2 patties.
    5. Sprinkle on black pepper.
    6. Grill on both sides until heated through.
    7. Serve on whole-wheat bun.

    Very nice!
  4. Stiofan

    Stiofan Master Po

    $29!!! That's a steal. Obviously you haven't seen all the news reports about the <a href="http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/4940735.htm">$41 Kobe Beef Hamburgers</a> being sold in N.Y.

    BTW, the "California" style (In-N-Out Burgers) hamburger mentioned iny your article is very good, indeed!
  5. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    Mushrooms may be just what I'm looking for, both as a topping and substitute (couldn't be worse than bland chicken!).

    I had to laugh at the $41 Kobe burger though!

  6. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I read about that $41 burger in the paper last week. It's a 20-ounce monster or about 5 meals worth of meat!

  7. cdw

    cdw Ahhhh...the good life.

    Oh, heavens... put those sauteed mushrooms on top of the chicken.... works just as well. A little melted mozzarella cheese is a great addition too.
  8. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    Did someone say Kobe beef: ?

  9. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    Will have to give it a try. But I may skip the $100 steaks, Mike ;) .
  10. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    Here in Texas we have a place called Fuddruckers. I'm not sure how national they are... but their burgers are the best. It's a fairly nice sit-down kind of atmosphere, and most meals cost about $9.

    Are these restaurants nationwide? NYC?

    Hey, we Houstonians know food... After all, we're the fattest. :)
  11. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    Since you are bragging about Texas food - you have a kind of baked beans I had in restarants that is very different from the tomato based beans we have here. Can you recommend a store bought kind that is representative of Texas beans?

    Fudruckers is great. Went to the one out by NASA. There is a book store near NASA that has my military historical books at good prices. When I had a job used to travel Houston twice a year. Saw the first ball hit out of Enron, Gary Shefield of my Dodgers.
  12. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    I'll skip on the Kobe beef as well since I don't have an Iron Chef budget! But if you want to make high carb, tasty burgers, they're easy. This recipe is a bit diferent but the combo is not bad. You can omit the peanut butter and tobasco or cayenne if desired. I use a cayenne as a perosnal choice but omit it for the wife. She loves peanut butter.

    The Peanut Bacon Burger

    6 strips bacon, long strips cut in half
    2 lbs ground beef
    2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    Tabasco sauce or cayenne , to taste
    1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    2 cloves garlic, squished thru a garlic press
    3 tablespoons chicken broth (or more, to desired thickness)

    1. Cut the bacon strips in half so you have 12 pieces, each one approximately 4 inches long; fry the bacon well, keeping the strips as straight as you can (a bacon weight works well for that), then set aside.
    2. Drain the pan of fat but don't wipe out the pan; turn the heat off- you'll come back to this pan later.
    3. In a large bowl mix together the ground beef, Worchestershire, dried onion, salt, garlic powder, and pepper (and Tabasco/cayenne, if using).
    4. In a separate bowl mix together the peanut butter, soy sauce, squished garlic, and chicken broth- this is your grilling sauce; if it's too thick still, add broth until it's a consistency you like (I like it thicker).
    5. Form the beef mixture into six patties.
    6. Reheat your pan and cook them as you would regular burgers, but brush them on both sides occasionally with the marinade.
    7. You can add more chicken broth if you want the grilling sauce to go further, or a bit melted butter.
    8. Now for you lowcarbers, remember, peanuts are not low-carb, so go easy with the grilling sauce; it'll still taste wonderful if you don't use all of it up on the burgers!
    9. Low-carb serving: top it with the bacon, either in strips or crumbled, and enjoy; you can add lettuce and tomato if you like, but I love it just the way it is.
    10. High-carb serving: eat it on a bun with lettuce and tomato and cheese.
  13. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    Yeah yeah, a little diced jalapeno, and a bit of brown sugar to syrup it up a bit. People have been known to add a touch of BBQ sauce to it as well... Sam knows a store bought brand that is awfully good she picked up a week ago for a pre-wedding dinner, I'll ask her, or if you PM her, she can tell you.

    Well when you come back into Houston, look me up, Fudds on me. This goes for any of you.
  14. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    I'll put in a good word for Fudds too. Haven't been in one for a long time but the food is absolutely top notch! Dietetic-NOT ;)
  15. Stiofan

    Stiofan Master Po

    We used to have Fudruckers in California, maybe still do but I haven't seen them around for awhile. The best place used to be Hamburger Hamlet, but the chain went belly up (pun intended) a few years ago.
  16. Violet1966

    Violet1966 Stand and Deliver Staff Member

    We had Fudrucker's in NJ and they were ok, but nothing beats a murder burger/belly buster ;)
  17. wafen

    wafen Member

    We have Fudruckers, it seemed too yuppie for me when I went.
  18. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    White Castle!?! Excuse me, but I have to get some antacid; just mentioning White Castle gives me indigestion! :nut:
  19. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    White Castle=murder burgers! It's that day old grease that gives them that special taste ;)
  20. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Used to eat White Castles a lot, until I saw the ambulance there. Haven't touched one since.

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