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"Deconstructing the Perfect Burger," 26 June 2014 in NYTimes

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#1 rotuts

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:35 AM



Ive seen Geo. Motz show " Hamburger America "  


parts of it quite interesting.

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#2 Shel_B

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:48 AM

“A great burger should be like a baked potato, or sashimi. It should taste completely of itself.”



.... Shel

#3 SylviaLovegren

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:40 AM

“A great burger should be like a baked potato, or sashimi. It should taste completely of itself.”




A real adjustment, coming to Ontario.  They regularly put herbs and things in their burgers.   Got a hamburger at a Greek diner and it had dill, garlic and feta in it -- served with mustard, ketchup  on a bun. Blech.  The dueling English and  Irish pubs down the street put their own "secret herbs" in theirs.  And all burgers have to be cooked to well done.  So I've learned not to order a burger here unless it's coated in bacon and blue cheese or some such to mask the flavors.  If I wanted a meatball on a bun, I'd order it. 


Our son's Canadian girlfriend was amazed when she came to dinner at our house and had a handmade burger with only SALT in the meat.  She said she'd never understood why people liked hamburgers before.  


There is one small chain in Toronto that has "plain" hamburgers -- but pubs and restaurants all seem to think flavoured burgers are the way to go.  Ditto most of the frozen beef patties at the supermarket -- flavoured with soy, garlic and herbs.  

#4 patrickamory

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:53 PM

Wow… all the fat phobia in the comments...

#5 Ashen

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 12:58 AM

I am a die hard convert to the smash burger ..      Pics of  a double one I made a few weeks ago. topped with smoked jalapeno havarti and homemade relish.  I needed a roll of paper towels and a carpet steamer for my beard afterwards. 






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#6 dcarch

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:58 AM

To me, a burger with all kinds of stuff on it, in it, is a wonderful burger, of course assuming using the right recipes.


It is like a lady with makeup on, in a seductive gown.


That said, nothing wrong with a naked burger.



#7 Tri2Cook

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:40 AM

“A great burger should be like a baked potato, or sashimi. It should taste completely of itself.”



Agreed. I've met a couple of exceptions that I enjoyed but as a novelty, not a preference. In general, for me, a burger gets salt and pepper. If I want meatloaf, I'll make meatloaf... but not in burger form.


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#8 rlibkind

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:54 AM

Most important point in NYT article (because I agree with it): stick to chuck (80% my ideal), no need for a "gourmet" mix with brisket, short ribs, etc.

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#9 rotuts

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:52 AM

I tend to agree


there was another show w  Geo. Motz.  'Burger Land"  I thiink if was


travelled all over and had various local burgers.


interesting if if comes around your way.


probably a cable show.

#10 smokinjack

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 02:52 PM

That burger looks great..Not over worked when forming.The link below is similar.
I recently bought a 1/2 lb of sirloin and 1/2 lb chuck from a organic free range meat market that uses local beef.
Ground it up and cooked like Adam Perry Lang on the Big Green Egg .We thought they were juicy and delicious. Something about cooking on a flat griddle.
Here's the link.

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