In honor of today, National Hamburger Day, we must reflect on the perfection that is the patty. Life would be so very different without the burger. Would we still have drive-throughs? What would we cook out? WHERE WOULD AMERICA BE? So dedicate your dinner to the trusty burger. Or if your eyes are bigger than your stomach, try ogling this most gargantuan burger. The towering Pie-Scraper from Eater’s Eating Emporium in Lancashire, England comes in at 5’4’’ tall with 8.5 kilograms of beef. If you have 30,000 calories to spare — and a hankering for something as tall as the average woman — this one’s for you.
Cook up burgers on a smaller scale at home with recipes from Cooking Channel:
• Alton Brown’s Burger of the Gods
• Fat Doug Burger
• Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger
• Double-Stacked Juicy Lucy Burgers
Your local butcher can be your guide to custom-ground burgers.
Meat-eaters of America, grilling season starts with burgers. And great burgers start with great meat, freshly ground. Which is why this grilling season is the perfect time to start a relationship — with your butcher.
Find yourself a good full-service butcher — someone who grinds daily, and grinds to order. Just as importantly, find someone you can talk to. That someone holds the key to carnivore happiness.
The following list is intended to help you in your search. Call it grill season matchmaking. All the places below grind beef fresh daily. Some even make their own proprietary burger blend. But at these establishments you needn’t feel limited by what’s already in the meat case. Any good butcher will be happy to grind whole cuts for you. Chuck roast, which has great flavor and a fat-to-lean ratio well-suited to burgers, is always a good burger choice on its own. But try mixing in some brisket or adding some short rib and top round to the mix and see what a difference it makes. Better yet, solicit some ideas from the guy behind the counter. Get to know him!
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