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Green Chili Cheeseburger

Green Chili Cheeseburger

Green Chili Cheeseburger

Ever since I watched the New Mexico episode of Burger Land with George Motz (burger god!) I wanted to try making my own Green Chili Cheeseburger.

Dad made a batch of green chili relish and I made sure we had the right blend of ground beef (Alton Brown’s recommended 50% chuck and 50% sirloin), the right cheese (a nice yellow cheddar), and the right hamburger buns (kaiser rolls, because these are going to be big burgers).

I decided to make big burgers. Not just quarter-pounders, but third-pounders! So 1 lb of ground beef made 3 hefty burger patties. I remembered to put a “dent” in the middle of each patty like Bobby Flay recommends. You should try doing that. It’s a simple trick and it really stops your burgers from turning into puffed-up baseballs.

Dad did the actual cooking because it’s “his” cast iron skillet and gods-forbid that anybody else touches it!

He cooked each burger separately. First mine, then Mom’s, then his. Each burger got 3-minutes on one side, then 1-minute on the other side, then he put on 2 slices of cheddar and covered the burger with a bowl to let it “steam cook” for another 2-minutes.

The burger patty was cooked to a perfect medium and the cheddar cheese was melted all over the patty.

Assembling the burger was easy. Kaiser roll, burger patty with melted cheese, spoonful of green chili relish.

THIS BURGER WAS EXCELLENT!

Thanks to George Motz for the idea, thanks to Alton Brown and Bobby Flay for the “how to” instructions, and thanks to Dad (I suppose!) for doing the cooking.

And it’s chili, not chile. Chile is a country, not a pepper.

 

 

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George Motz was right… this Charcoal Pit burger is awesome!

Dad drove up to Delaware so that I could visit the Charcoal Pit.

There are two locations in the Wilmington area. We went to the one off Kirkwood Highway (Delaware Route 2, the Newark-Wilmington road).

We will visit the other location on Concord Pike another day.

I ordered the 4oz (quarter pound) Pit Burger. That’s a char-grilled burger with cheese, lettuce and tomato… and a side order of fries. There were also pickles and white onion on the plate to add if you wanted them.

There was a lot of good, hearty flavor in the burger. The char-grilled flavor was really, really good. It was one of the best burger patties I have eaten.

The Charcoal Pit is one of the only burger restaurants within driving distance of my house that George Motz recommends. It is easy to see why.

The burger patty was good. The vegetables were crisp and fresh. I even added the onions because they were nice and sweet.

I passed on the pickles (but Dad ate them all) and I passed on the tub of mayonnaise (neither of us touched that!).

I award this burger a score of 8.5 out of 10. It was REALLY good.

Remember, 8.5 is a high score for me. The highest score I have ever given is 9.5 out of 10.

If you are in driving distance of Wilmington then you need to visit the Charcoal Pit. Next time we will go to the other location on Concord Pike and we’ll take Mom with us.

10 burgers to sample this summer

I am already making plans for a summer of burger madness.

Here is my list of the places I want to visit (assuming Dad will drive me there and pay for my burgers).

  1. Elevation Burger – I think we should get the 10 patty “Vertigo” burger and split it between the entire family. There are restaurants in the DC ‘burbs that we can get to.
  2. The Charcoal Pit – This place is up in Wilmington, Delaware. We drive past this but never seem to stop.  George Motz says its good… so we’re going!
  3. Shake Shack – Everyone seems to think this place is great so I definitely need to check it out. The nearest Shake Shack to me is in Dupont Circle in DC. We could ride the MARC train down to DC for the day.
  4. Bobby’s Burger Palace – I’ve already been to the one at Maryland Live! casino a couple of time (thanks, Dad, for taking me to a casino!), but there are still burgers on the menu that I want to try. Maybe we could visit a different location next time?
  5. Baltimore Burger Bar – Hey! Dad! It’s on West 36th Street! How about you enter that into the GPS and maybe we won’t get lost in Baltimore next time? (Parents! Seriously!)
  6. Kooper’s Chowhound – Baltimore’s best ever food truck. Yes, I’ve already tracked them down, but they deserve a repeat visit. Or two. Or three.
  7. GrrChe – Speaking of food trucks, I definitely want to try the Cheese Burger Grill from GrrChe.
  8. Cheeburger Cheeburger – There used to be one in Bel Air, Maryland that Mom & Dad used to take me to when I was younger, but that closed. There is one up in Newark, Delaware that we really should visit. Did we get the day off school to hang out with him? No, we did not.
  9. Steak & Main – Up in North East, MD. When we’re in town it’s usually for seafood at Woody’s Crab House, but Steak & Main has a burger on their menu that I’m waiting to try. Adam Richman came here for a Man vs Food challenge.
  10. Red Robin – My standby. They always have a “burger of the month” that either I like or Dad likes. We really should go more often. Yeah… if Mom lets us!

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