BurgerRodeo

just a kid writing about burgers

Andy Warhol eats a hamburger

4 minutes and 28 seconds of your life that you’ll never get back.

 

Hipster Menu

The “burger that’s crazier than it needs to be, w/fries” looks like a deal at $19.

I ate the 227th “Triple Triple” at Jake’s Wayback!

Jake’ Wayback serves a “Triple Triple” which is basically three triple cheeseburgers stuck together. Does that sound too much? Well, became the 227th person to order one at the Bel Air restaurant.

THIS THING WAS THE SIZE OF DAD’S HEAD! Although I was hoping it was going to be bigger. I had a single slice of lettuce and a single slice of tomato (salad!) and a large order of fries.

My awesome Triple Triple burger.

The Triple Triple was awesome in size, but I think you need to add more toppings to make the flavor interesting all the way through. I would choose grilled onions and Jake’s chipolte mayo. It also needed more lettuce and tomato. Honestly, it was bit bland with just a pile of meat and cheese.

But I was still number 227!

It’s official! I ate the 227th “Triple Triple” at Jake’s Wayback Burgers!

I would award this burger a score of 5 out of 10. It was a great size, but it was a bit bland.

I think next time I’ll order three separate triple burgers (extra buns, extra toppings) and invent that as my own challenge.

Mexicali comes to Wilmington

We recently had a family gathering at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware. A whole bunch of cousins!

I had the Mexicali Burger with pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese & chipotle thousand island dressing.

The jalapeños weren’t really that spicy and they didn’t take away from the falvor of the burger patty. (I think it would be a good idea to have a “jalapeño challenge” where you can have extra peppers.) The pico de gallo made a nice change instead of ordinary tomato and onion. I liked the chipotle thousand island dressing because it had a tang and I could dip my fries into it.

Mexicali Burger… yours for $12.50 (plus tip!)

It cost $12.50. I think this is a little too much. It was worth $10.50, but $12.50 is a stretch.

Overall I award this burger 6 ½ points out of 10. That’s at the top end of average. I would give it another ½ point if it was better value for money.

How to make a hamburger like Ernest Hemingway

Here is author Ernest Hemingway’s hamburger recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb. ground lean beef
  • 2 cloves of of minced garlic
  • 2 little green onions
  • finely chopped parsley
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of India relish
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of Spice Islands Sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Spice Islands Mei Yen Pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten in a cup with a fork
  • about 1/3 cup dry red or white wine
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Instructions:

  1. Break up the meat with a fork and scatter the garlic, onion and dry seasonings over it, then mix them into the meat with a fork or your fingers. Let the bowl of meat sit out of the icebox for ten or fifteen minutes while you set the table and make the salad. Add the relish, capers, everything else including wine and let the meat sit, quietly marinating, for another ten minutes if possible.
  2. Now make four fat, juicy patties with your hands. The patties should be an inch thick, and soft in texture but not runny. Have the oil in your frying pan hot but not smoking when you drop the patties and then turn the heat down and fry the burgers about four minutes. Take the pan off the burner and turn the heat high again. Flip the burgers over , put the pan back on the hot fire, then after one minute, turn the heat down again and cook another three minutes. Both sides of the burgers should be crispy brown and the middle pink and juicy.

Is it blasphemy to say In-N-Out is a religious experience?

According to this article on Buzzfeed, In-N-Out is a religious experience.

27 Reasons In-N-Out Is Actually Heaven On Earth

This must be the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett was singing about.

In-N-Out

1. First of all, the burgers, which are handmade by angels.

2. Also, the heavenly, freshly cut-to-order, divine fries.

3. When the burger and fries come together on a tray, you can hear a choir of angels singing in the distance.

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But like the article says, “If you’re not in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, or Texas, you’re out of luck.”

Hmmm… I wonder where I’m going to take my summer vacation this year? Hint: Probably somewhere with In-N-Out.

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No hipsters were harmed during the eating of this burger

It was a cold but sunny day (no snow, for a change!) and we took a road trip to Burger Bros. in Towson, MD. It’s located on Allegheny Avenue and you can easily walk there from Trader Joe’s or Barnes & Noble. Yeah… we went to Trader Joe’s, but the main reason we were in Towson was for the burgers.

Burger Bros., 14 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD.

I ordered a cheeseburger (I chose pepperjack cheese) with basic lettuce & tomato fixins’. The burger patties are 6 oz Angus beef, char grilled to order. They have a lot of flavor and good meaty juices. It was one of the best burger patties I have tasted in a while.

Cheeseburger (pepperjack cheese) from Burger Bros., Towson, MD.

I also ordered a large fries. These were hand cut, freshly fried, “Broadwalk style” fries. They were delicious and you should definitely get an order.The large was big enough to share with Mom & Dad. They also have a “Monster Bucket” size which looked like it was served in a giant popcorn bucket. I think those would last all day. Dad ordered his usual cheeseburger (cheddar) with raw onions and mustard. The raw onions make his breath smell and they give him indigestion. Listening to him hiccup is funny for the first 2 minutes, but then it starts to get boring. I wish he would stop ordering raw onions. Mom should start making him eat salads again. No more burgers for you! A nice bowl of lettuce will stop those hiccups :) Mom had a cheeseburger with A1 sauce. I washed down my burger with a delicious strawberry milkshake. It was made to order and it tasted pretty good. They also sell Boylon’s bottled sodas and I guess that makes the hipsters happy. (There wasn’t one hipster beard in the place while we were there. I was disappointed. Trader Joes was full of hipster beards. Maybe it’s wasn’t hip to eat burgers on that day. Maybe they should put an “artisan burger” on the menu to attract hipsters.)

Strawberry milkshake from Burger Bros., Towson, MD.

Burger Bros. is a family business (run by brothers!) and they seem to be proud that they’re not another Five Guys franchise. You can ever buy a t-shirt.

4 Out of 5 Guys Choose Burger Bros.

I award my burger a score of 8 out 10. It was a good, juicy burger. If you are visiting Towson, and whether you have an official Trader Joe’s hipster beard or not, then you should pay Burger Bros. a visit.

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Eatin’ hamburgers in Iran

Maybe we can avoid wars by eating burgers together?

Tehran foodies flock to American-style burger joints

TEHRAN — At the Garage Grill in an upscale Tehran neighborhood, classic rock plays from the speakers, and photos of Paul Newman, James Dean and hot rods line the walls. It could be an old-time American diner, except that its hamburger prices reflect a wealthier target market here.

Right next door, Dukkan Burger serves its fare on butcher paper, with plenty of Heinz ketchup and French’s mustard supplied on request. The clientele includes young women clutching designer purses, arriving with their dates in European luxury cars.

Greasy burger joints have been part of Tehran’s fast-food landscape for decades, even in the years just after the 1979 Islamic revolution, when any symbol of U.S. culture was denounced as an example of “Westoxification.” Those eateries were mostly in downtown working-class neighborhoods, serving laborers in need of a blast of calories or students watching their budgets.

Now, though, high-end burger restaurants are suddenly popping up across the city, making the gut-busting American institution — and the quest for the best burger — the latest trend in Tehran dining.

Facebook pages dedicated to local hamburger outlets debate their relative merits, comparing them to McDonald’s, In-N-Out, Burger King and other U.S. chains. That fascination with brands has resulted in such blatant rip-offs as McAli’s, Superstar — conspicuously similar in appearance to Carl’s Jr. — and even a place calling itself Five Guys.

After a string of restaurants catering to Tehran’s rich opened and closed in recent years, observers of the capital’s culinary scene say the rise of the quality burger is not surprising, especially given Iranians’ love of grilled meat.

“Burgers are very simple. It’s a promise that’s easy to deliver on,” said Payam Kashani-Nejad, the founder of Gumboo Guide, a Web site devoted to reviews of Tehran restaurants. “And it’s a big market.”

David Yaghoobi, until recently creative director at a top Iranian advertising agency and now based in London, noted that the burger, while well-known here, is still somewhat exotic, boosting its appeal.

“In Iran, most things foreign are considered high-end, and as a burger is considered foreign, maybe there is some of that, too,” he said.

It is no coincidence, then, that most of the new hamburger restaurants are in the affluent neighborhoods of northern Tehran, in the foothills of the snowcapped Alborz Mountains — places such as Niavaran, where Garage Grill and Dukkan could dare to open side by side.

“Our concept is purely American,” said Arash Farhadpour-Shirazi, co-owner of Garage Grill. “Burgers and cars.”

The young male servers at Garage Grill wear T-shirts from a classic-car rally that the restaurant sponsored last year. A neon Route 66 sign hangs in the front door above the back half of a classic Austin Mini. The car’s front half and the front of an orange BMW 2002 double as the restaurant’s grills.

“It’s a short escape into a different environment,” Farhadpour-Shirazi said. “Iranians love the American style. The grass is greener in the U.S.”

In nearby Farmanieh, the most popular of Tehran’s new burger joints, Burgerland, was opened last year by the members of the Iranian underground band Barobax.

In 2010, Barobax produced the biggest domestic music hit in recent memory, the wedding staple “Soosan Khanoom.” But the group members say they started Burgerland because there is more money in the food business than in playing music.

Fans line up to take photos with them, but they deny that is the main reason Burgerland is perpetually packed.

“Maybe the first and second time people come it’s to see us, but if they didn’t like the food, they wouldn’t come again and again,” said Khashayar Moradi Haghgoo, who owns and runs the restaurant with his bandmates and cousins, Keivan Moradi Haghgoo and Hamid Forouzmand. He said Burgerland regularly sells 1,500 hamburgers a day, more than three times the output of most eateries included in this report.

Across town, in the western neighborhood of Shahrak-e Gharb, BurgerHouse sees itself as the pioneer of Tehran’s hamburger craze. In business for three years, owner Amir Javadi said no one else was selling quality burgers in the city when he opened, and then “this year, all of a sudden, burger joints started sprouting like mushrooms.”

BurgerHouse started as strictly takeout and delivery but accidentally became Tehran’s lone drive-in restaurant.

“We noticed that people would pick up their orders and then just sit in their cars and eat,” Javadi said. “There are extra costs for delivery, like the packaging, so we started giving the option of bringing trays to customers’ cars, and people got used to it.”

Every night, even during the freezing winter, the narrow street that is home to BurgerHouse is lined with cars of regulars waiting for their order numbers to appear on a screen above the tiny shop front.

To Javadi, the success of burgers in Tehran is unconnected to any particular cultural trends or preferences beyond the simple pleasures of the food itself.

“No one looks at a burger as something American or even foreign anymore,” Javadi said. “It’s one of the world’s favorite foods.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/tehran-foodies-flock-to-american-style-burger-joints/2014/01/04/7c984fbc-6986-11e3-997b-9213b17dac97_story.html

If you ask nicely they will make you last month’s “burger of the month” anyway

School was cancelled because of a “weather emergency” so I spent the morning at home studying for exams (only joking!) and tidying my room (seriously joking!). The ice storm turned into rain by midday so Dad drove me into Bel Air for a burger. We went to the Bel Air branch of Jake’s Wayback Burgers which I’ve been to several times before and enjoy very much.

I ordered the Brisket Burger which was last month’s (December 2013) “burger of the month.” If you ask really nicely then they’ll still make them for you. Dad says it doesn’t count as a secret menu. He says it’s just because they’re nice folks and I ask politely.

Jakes Brisket Burger

The Brisket Burger has two beef patties, American cheese, slices of smoked brisket, and Wayback Gold Sauce. The “gold sauce” tasted like a smokey mustard barbecue. It was a nice zesty topping. The slices of brisket were also smokey, like a barbecue brisket, not like the brisket my parents cook for Rosh Hashanah. (Dad just that’s a  braised brisket, not a BBQ brisket, so know we all know!) The burger patties were nice and juicy, just like you can always rely on at Jake’s.

I award this burger a score of 7.5 out of 10. It was an interesting taste combination and definitely above average (average score is 4-6 remember?) If you are at Jake’s when they have this as their burger of the month then you should try it. If you are at Jake’s and the month has already passed then you should just ask nicely :)

 

Smoke & Pepper Signature Burger was OK, but not that original

Mom & Dad took me to Red Robin so that I could try December’s Burger of the Month.

The ‘Smoke and Pepper Signature Burger’ is a regular Red Robin burger patty seasoned with “smoked sea salt” (I have no idea what that is) and topped with peppered bacon and cheddar cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun. The bun is spread with “house-made smoke & pepper ketchup” and there is a side of the fancy ketchup with the french fries.

Red Robin ‘Smoke and Pepper Signature Burger”

The ciabatta bun was a bit more chewy than an ordinary burger bun. The bacon and the cheddar cheese were both OK, but I have had peppered bacon and cheddar cheese before so it wasn’t a big deal. The only really new thing was the fancy ketchup. It was OK, but I didn’t think it was that smokey and I think it would have been nicer with a little BBQ flavor.

My overall Burger of the Month experience was OK, but Red Robin have made better burgers than this. It just wasn’t really that original. I can only award it a score of 5 out of 10 because of that.

Mom had a salad. Seriously, Mom! A salad? At a burger restaurant?

Dad had a Bleu Ribon (blue cheese and chipotle sauce) burger. I think he was the happiest person there, but probably because Mom didn’t make him eat a salad too.

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