Hamburger Heaven

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AMERICA THE BURGERFUL

Today’s burgers are a far cry from the 5-cent square-shaped White Castle sliders launched in 1921 — the burgers that Time Magazine ranked No. 1 as the “Most Influential Burger of All Time.”

Today’s revolution is just proof that burgers never go out of style — they just keep getting bigger and better. And today’s bun busters aren’t limited to ground beef patties: ground chicken, turkey, shrimp, tuna, mushrooms, rice, beans and grains can make mean burgers, too.

And don’t overlook the toppings: There’s something exciting happening there, too. These days, the trend is to top burgers with everything but the kitchen sink. Good old-fashioned condiments like ketchup, mustard and pickles have some serious competition: Chow-chow relish is making a comeback, and bacon never left. Onion rings, French fries, coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, potato chips and baked beans — all traditionally served as sides — have crept onto the burgers as toppings, creating towers of flavor that must be eaten with the help of an equally high tower of napkins.

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IN POP CULTURE

Hamburgers are more than grill fare; they’ve made their way into the pop culture lexicon. Andy Warhol’s 1980s video “Dual Hamburger” confirmed the meal’s spot as a status symbol; the four-minute film of Warhol silently eating a fast-food burger in a windowless room is a piece of work only he could pull off.

“It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun,” McDonald’s Ray Kroc has said. Not today, though: Bun options have expanded to include brioche, ciabatta, onion and pretzel rolls. There also are a variety of outside-the-box gluten-free options to whet your appetite: portobello mushrooms, grilled eggplant and oven-baked sweet potato slices are popular veggie alternatives.

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THE JAKE-ZILLA BURGER

A half-pound prime beef burger grilled over an open flame, topped with bacon, pimento cheese, slowcooked, hand-pulled pork, fried onions and drizzled with house made barbeque sauce.
Served at Salty Dog Cafe

  

CHARLIES BISTRO BURGERCHARLIE’S BISTRO BURGER

Filet mignon burger grilled and served on a ciabatta roll with boursin cheese spread and greens. Served with fresh fruit and pasta salad.
Served at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE BURGER“HOUSE” BURGER

Homemade, hand pattied half-pound of ground chuck seared to perfection served with choice of cheese and homemade chips.
Served at Street Meet

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOBE BEEF BURGER

Eight ounce Kobe beef patty on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion served with home made fries.

Served at Rockfish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras

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BBQ BURGER

Six ounce grilled, hand-shaped patty topped with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, bacon and homemade chips.
Served at Captain Woody’s

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