May's nearing a close, and we're still celebrating the fact that it's National Burger Month. To honor the art of the burger, we asked to see all of your mouthwatering burger photos: cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, fish burgers . . . as you know, the possibilities are endless. From our latest photo challenge, we plucked 10 that made our mouths water, even first thing in the morning! Click through to see what they are.
Grilling season has officially arrived. And whether you're looking for the best veggie burger or side dish recipe, calorie breakdowns of everything you'll find at a backyard barbecue, or cooking gadgets to make grilling even more healthy, we've got you covered! Keep reading for our best healthy grilling tips, tricks, and recipes.
It's National Burger Month, and we find ourselves asking: what makes a burger a burger? Is it the bun? Or the patty? Must it be made with ground beef, or can it be any kind of ground meat or protein? It all depends on how you define "burger," which is truly an existential question for our modern foodie times. Before we get bogged down in a highbrow burger debate, let's do this the easy way: click through the gallery of burgers and cast your vote on which should be considered a true burger and which ones are undeserving of the title.
Brick cheese spread
Give the burger a further nod to nostalgic Americana by adding creamy, dreamy brick cheese spread. Keep it honest and go for one made by one of Wisconsin's cheese artisans, like Abe & Arthur's did.
Bacon mixed into the beef patty
Tons of restaurants were doing this, from Shake Shack to Chicago's NoMI Kitchen (served with a spiked watermelon slice, no less!). We were most fond of applewood-smoked bacon coarsely chopped into the beef patty, then served with cherry pepper relish, as seen in Danny Meyer's SmokeShack burger.
Without a doubt, the biggest event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is Rachael Ray's annual Burger Bash. The event was bigger and badder than ever, with 32 burgers from top restaurants and chefs across the country. It was also incredibly loud, hot, sweaty, sandy, and chaotic; frankly, we're not sure how we survived it. But we did eat some stellar burgers: read on to see who served what, and — of course — who won the coveted Burger Bash prizes!
Day two of the New York City Wine & Food Festival has just wrapped, and I'm not sure how I did it, but I managed to survive one of the weekend's flagship events, the Burger Bash. This year's fête, which was hosted by comedienne Whoopi Goldberg (regular host Rachael Ray was out of the country on vacation), featured 21 different burgers, mostly from the New York area. Not only did I manage to survive the impressively big bovine lineup, but I came out on top: nearly ever contender I bit into was so creative that it left me with a takeaway that's guaranteed to make me a better burger builder, too. See the burgers — and their best takeaways — when you keep clicking.
What makes a hamburger a hamburger? We could ponder the question for days, but wouldn't you rather bite into a juicy burger?
But not just any burger: we've taste-tested our way around the country to find 25 amazing hamburgers you shouldn't miss. Whether you're a local or a tourist, it's certainly worth seeking out these must-have hamburgers.
YumSugar's Top 5 Burgers
- Shake Shack, New York, NY: Danny Meyer's burger empire has the beast down to a science, with cloud-soft buns, subtle "shack sauce," and meltable American cheese for a creamy experience every time. For us, this cheeseburger sets the standard.
- Spruce, San Francisco, CA: This cloth napkin burger doesn't come cheap, but it's one of the juiciest we've ever had, and its piquant accompaniments — house-pickled onions and zucchini, duck fat fries — lend it a distinct point of view.
- Radius, Boston, MA: Chef Michael Schlow is no stranger to good burgers. His ideal involves fried onion rings, melted cheddar cheese, and a spicy and smooth horseradish sauce — pretty much our ideal, too.
- B Spot, Strongsville, OH: Michael Symon's burger joint, B Spot, serves beef on a bun that's as close to perfection as we've ever had. His Yo! burger is filled with fried salami slices, coppa, hot peppers, provolone, and "shasha" banana pepper sauce.
- Rosamunde, San Francisco, CA: Rosamunde is known for its sausages, but it serves cheeseburgers every Tuesday at lunch. Be prepared to wait in line for the flavorful, medium-rare burgers, which are some of the city's best.
Check out 20 more favorites from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, after the jump.
The 777-pound burger, known as "Juicy's Outlaw Burger," was created this past Saturday by Oregon concessions company Juicy's at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA. The 1,375,000-calorie behemoth, which clocked in at five feet in diameter and three feet thick, toppled a previous Canadian record of 590 pounds.
It's only apropos that the United States sets a record for the largest burger world over at a time when it's setting a record for eating the largest quantity of burgers ever. According to the Burger Consumer Trend Report released today by research firm Technomic, a whopping 48 percent of consumers are eating a burger at least once a week. Are you one of them?