Mom treated me to a burger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I had the Little Cheese with lettuce, tomato and ketchup. Mom had pickles, lettuce, mushrooms and A1 sauce. Dad was allowed to break his diet and have a burger too. The only topping he had was onions. (It’s stinky breath time again!)
Here is my burger. The flavor of the burger was really good. It was drip-down-your-chin juicy. I award it 7 out of 10. Five Guys is one of my favorite burger restaurants. Their burgers taste alike no matter what location you are at. A burger in Bel Air, MD tastes as good as a burger in Petersburg, VA. That makes me happy.
Dad made me look at the Nutritional Information and is really scary. Lots of fat and lots of salt. This is not good for Dad’s diet. However, I am still growing and I exercise more than Dad, so it isn’t a big deal. But it is still not something I would recommend eating every day.
Look at these 2 geniuses. Seriously? Who vandalizes a McDonalds? There were drinking beer… of course! One of them even fell over and hit his head.
I was playing baseball until 8pm and decided I needed a post-game snack so Dad agreed to stop at Checkers. I ordered the Checkerburger with Cheese which according to their menu is a “seasoned cheeseburger piled high with all the fixins.” I took a couple of bites… and that was enough.
THIS WAS THE WORST BURGER I HAVE EVER HAD!
Look at this sloppy mess.
Can you see the burger patty? It’s under the inch-thick tomato somewhere. Do you see that “fresh” lettuce? It looks like it’s been chewed up and spit out. I don’t know what happened to the pickles and the red onion. Perhaps they disappeared into a black hole! The worst part was the sloppy mix of sauces. I think it’s a mix of mayonnaise, mustard and cat vomit.
OMG! It was really, really, really awful!
Check out what it is supposed to look like. It didn’t come close.
I usually award burgers a score of between 1 and 10. This time I have to award a special score of zero. This burger was so bad that is does not deserve to be called a burger.
It will take a lot for me to go to Checkers again.
My world famous El Paso Asiago Rodeo Burger (invented 2012).
1/2 lb ground chuck (85%/15%)
1/2 lb ground sirloin (95%/5%)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
fresh ground sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
The burger meat is half chuck and half sirloin. I took this idea from Alton Brown. The mix makes a good flavor and the burgers will be nice and juicy.
1lb of meat will make 3 hand-formed 1/3 lb burgers or four hand-formed 1/4 lb burgers.
The seasonings are garlic powder, chili powder, sea salt and black pepper. Alton only puts salt into his burger mix, but for my El Paso recipe I need a little bit of garlic and chili.
I made 3 hand-formed 1/3 lb burger patties. I heated a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and fried the burgers for 2 minutes on each side. This seals the meat with a nice crispy crust. Then I moved the burgers to a 450 broiler oven for 5 minutes. This makes sure the burgers are cooked all the way through.
These are the asiago cheese bagels (from Panera). I decided to use these instead of a regular hamburger bun because they have a distinct flavor and are more solid. Also… they are just awesome!!!
Here is the final product. One burger per bagel. Topped with a slice of cheddar cheese (moar cheez!) and 3 slices of crispy bacon. Also my signature “secret recipe” homemade El Paso sauce. (Details of the secret recipe can be yours for just $5.)
The burgers were served with a side of Dad’s homemade salsa. It contains sweet red peppers, Mexican poblano peppers, red onion, red tomato, yellow tomato, cucumber and fresh cilantro (he calls cilantro “coriander” because he is English and that’s what they call it there). Here is a picture of his ingredients.
I wish I could eat a burger every day during National Burger Month but there is no way in heck my Mom would let me. Darn!
These are the Top 5 places I want to try during National Burger Month:
According to the menu these are: “Four mini burgers topped with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, sauteed onions and ranch. Served with crispy onion strings and ranch dressing.”
I substituted the onion strings for french fries. Here is what the burgers looked like before I ate them.
The burgers were yummy. Or as Rachel Ray would say, Yum-o! (I think she has escaped from hospital.) They were not that juicy, but they were not too dry. I had my burgers cooked well-done and I think that if you wanted them to be more juicy you would need to order them medium. The bacon was crispy and crumbly which is exactly how I like it. The was not too much ranch dressing, just enough to taste.
I award these sliders 5 out of 10. I will try them medium next time to try and get them juicier and I will ask for extra ranch dressing on the side (just in case!).