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« on: Feb 27, 2017, 11:51AM »

recently had what was decidedly the best burger I have ever had. It was a product of the Burgatory restaurant, a chain of restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. anyone who is able to try this place out needs to ASAP. They also have great adult milkshakes....
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 27, 2017, 12:40PM »

Anybody tried in-and-out burger?
I heard it was really good
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 27, 2017, 12:47PM »

What is an adult milkshake?
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 27, 2017, 12:50PM »

Probably around three times bigger than the regular one :D
Many think that milkshakes are just for kids, so maybe they just made one for adults  Don't know
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 27, 2017, 12:52PM »

If i saw "adult milkshake" on a menu, i would assume it had vodka or something in it. Here we call it a "Toblerone" drink.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 27, 2017, 01:05PM »

Anybody tried in-and-out burger?
I heard it was really good

It can be good if you've never had one!
But only a step or so above McD's,  that's all.


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« Reply #6 on: Feb 27, 2017, 01:58PM »

While visiting Disneyland, we went to the "fancy" restaurant one night.  On the menu was a $26 burger made from the most expensive cuts of the beef.  I'd been expecting to have a steak, but I couldn't pass it up, and it was indeed the very best burger I have ever had.
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 27, 2017, 02:32PM »

Anybody tried in-and-out burger?
I heard it was really good

Overrated!  Just a decent fast-food burger with a manufactured / perpetuated image of their coolness. 

But don't tell that to the afficionados / addicts who line up for them.    Way cool

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 27, 2017, 03:31PM »

My favorite burger place is Five Guys.  Man are they good! Pant Pant
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 27, 2017, 04:33PM »

A difficult mine field to navigate is the sudden proliferation of upscale burger restaurants.  Some of them are tremendously disappointing.  Here in the SF bay area we ave a very good small chain called The Counter.
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« Reply #10 on: Feb 27, 2017, 04:57PM »

In n Out is good, but not the "best" at anything except brand recognition. Good fries too.

Five Guys is the best chain burger, though I have been served some duds in the last couple years. Hands down the best fast food fries, though.

As you may assume, I eat a lot of burgers from a lot of places... There's some good stuff out there! Just don't overcook it.
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« Reply #11 on: Feb 27, 2017, 05:36PM »

In N Out has one of the best burgers in my opinion.  Much better than 5 Guys.  Of the places I've been, my first thought for a good fast food burger is SmashBurger.

In N Out has absolutely crappy fries.  Taste is ok but eating experience is terrible.

But why have a burger when I can have chicken from Raising Canes? Eeek!
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 27, 2017, 05:37PM »

I do think Wendy's burgers don't get enough credit.
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« Reply #13 on: Feb 27, 2017, 06:08PM »

There is a place in Colorado that is called "Crave Real Burger" ....

It is seriously good.
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« Reply #14 on: Feb 27, 2017, 06:21PM »

I do think Wendy's burgers don't get enough credit.

Agreed. They make good burgers, but I have a hard time going there because they always find a way to screw up my order.
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« Reply #15 on: Feb 28, 2017, 06:36AM »

I love a good burger.  I'm frequently disappointed.  In 'n Out is okay (just okay).  Five Guys is okay but ridiculously overpriced.

Nobody, but NOBODY can beat Nick's Hamburgers in Brookings, South Dakota.  Remember the Olympic Diner sketch on SNL?  "Cheeseburger, Pepsi, chips"?  This is the place.

http://nickshamburgers.com/
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« Reply #16 on: Feb 28, 2017, 06:55AM »

I love a good burger.  I'm frequently disappointed.  In 'n Out is okay (just okay).  Five Guys is okay but ridiculously overpriced.

Nobody, but NOBODY can beat Nick's Hamburgers in Brookings, South Dakota.  Remember the Olympic Diner sketch on SNL?  "Cheeseburger, Pepsi, chips"?  This is the place.

http://nickshamburgers.com/


They don't have any pictures of their food on their own site. A quick search turned up this image from Nick's:



Looks pretty disappointing to me. Is the patty secretly unbelievable and saving the meal from cheez and wonderbread buns? I want to believe that a place like Nicks is serving up the best burgers in the world and looks usually are deceiving. But... that just looks like nostalgia to me.


The Crave place in the Springs serves burgers that look like this:







And they taste better than they look.
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:18AM »

Chain in NYC called Shake Shack... now one at the Mall of America here in the Twin Cities - the best burger I have ever had.  They have a special "shack sauce" but it just tastes like butter, and it is the most wonderful thing on a burger I have ever tasted.

It is a little pricey, but well worth it.  Good!
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« Reply #18 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:21AM »

My go-to is Whataburger! 

IF I want to spend some money,  it'll be Twisted Root in Plano TX.

Or if I'm in El Paso,  it's Roscos!!



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« Reply #19 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:41AM »

They don't have any pictures of their food on their own site. A quick search turned up this image from Nick's:



Looks pretty disappointing to me. Is the patty secretly unbelievable and saving the meal from cheez and wonderbread buns? I want to believe that a place like Nicks is serving up the best burgers in the world and looks usually are deceiving. But... that just looks like nostalgia to me.


The Crave place in the Springs serves burgers that look like this:







And they taste better than they look.

Nick's burgers are wonderful.  Just trust me.  You eat them like potato chips, one after another.  Buy 'em by the bag!

Sorry, but those pictures you posted just look like glop.  No thanks.
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« Reply #20 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:45AM »

My go-to is Whataburger! 

IF I want to spend some money,  it'll be Twisted Root in Plano TX.

Or if I'm in El Paso,  it's Roscos!!



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Agree re: Whataburger. Great choice when in Texas. Always made to order and very good.
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« Reply #21 on: Feb 28, 2017, 08:34AM »

If you want a wide choice of toppings for your burger, In-N-Out will absolutely be a disappointment. Ditto if you like your burger on something other than a basic sponge-dough bun. Bun, patty, onion, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and sauce. The only "official" menu option is to add cheese or another patty. They do have their not-so-secret "secret menu", but that still doesn't add that much variety.

On the other hand, if you do want a "classic" burger, In-N-Out is probably as good as you're going to get from a fast foot establishment.
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 28, 2017, 08:49AM »

Here in the SF bay area we ave a very good small chain called The Counter.

I visited one of them with my daughter in Pasadena -- it was very good, but my daughter said she chose it more for the shake menu than the burgers.  Two other places around there that I like are:

http://www.roundsburgers.com/

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https://slaters5050.com/

Slater's is really good!!

Closer to home, we have a couple of SmashBurgers that I enjoy


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« Reply #23 on: Feb 28, 2017, 03:40PM »

Five Guys for a big sloppy burger ("all the way") and their fries;
Red Robin for sheer variety
There used to be a place called Fuddrucker's which i dearly loved.  They even had non-traditional meats (ostrich, alligator)

Good times!
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 28, 2017, 03:44PM »

Five Guys for a big sloppy burger ("all the way") and their fries;
Red Robin for sheer variety
There used to be a place called Fuddrucker's which i dearly loved.  They even had non-traditional meats (ostrich, alligator)

Good times!

there's maybe more than one Fuddrucker's here in San Antonio. One in Lubbock also.

no non-traditional meats now, as far as I know.

got too pricey for me to consider. probably $10 for a small burger combo
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« Reply #25 on: Feb 28, 2017, 03:45PM »

Fuddruckers is still around,  at least here in Texas.  Pretty good.

Got my Whataburger jones fixed today.   Ahhhhhh!!!!!!
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 28, 2017, 04:17PM »

I think there need to be two separate categories for burgers-

Fast food (typically smaller weight)

and

Not-fast food, maybe gourmet? Which are typically larger, though not always.

They can also be separated in the same way by price.

I don't judge fast food burgers by gourmet burger standards. Apples and oranges.
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 28, 2017, 04:38PM »

I hold fast food to the same standards because sometimes the wait is just as long. Idea! :(
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 28, 2017, 04:57PM »

I hold fast food to the same standards because sometimes the wait is just as long. Idea! :(

But probably much cheaper.  Clever

My current favorite gourmet burger (from The Tripel a few miles from me) is $15, plus more for fries and beer.

My favorite fast food burger (from Five Guys) is $8, and even with fries and a drink is below $15. In N Out is much cheaper, as is McDonalds.
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 28, 2017, 05:14PM »

This thread makes it very difficult to get through an evening living in a town where Dairy Queen is the fanciest place open past 8PM.
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« Reply #30 on: Feb 28, 2017, 05:55PM »

This thread makes it very difficult to get through an evening living in a town where Dairy Queen is the fanciest place open past 8PM.

Problem solved!

https://www.amazon.com/80-Lean-Ground-Beef-16oz/dp/B00AR0ZNBY/ref=sr_1_4_a_f_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1488333317&sr=8-4&ppw=fresh&keywords=hamburger
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 28, 2017, 06:02PM »

Unless that deal includes someone to cook them for me, I am unfortunately not inclined...
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« Reply #32 on: Feb 28, 2017, 06:07PM »

But probably much cheaper.  Clever


Maybe where you are.
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:18PM »

But probably much cheaper.  Clever

My current favorite gourmet burger (from The Tripel a few miles from me) is $15, plus more for fries and beer.

My favorite fast food burger (from Five Guys) is $8, and even with fries and a drink is below $15. In N Out is much cheaper, as is McDonalds.

Bob,  being in LA,  ever get out to Tommy's Original?  Now THAT"S a greasy mess of an INCREDIBLE burger!!!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:37PM »

Maybe where you are.

Well, yes... As I assume most readers are not in Alaska!

Bob,  being in LA,  ever get out to Tommy's Original?  Now THAT"S a greasy mess of an INCREDIBLE burger!!!!!!
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I have not! I'll give them a go when I get the chance.
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« Reply #35 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07:38PM »

Funny thing is.... burgers are incredibly easy to make at home. Yet very few people make them as much as they will east them out. Maybe a picnic or special occasion with a group, compared to regular far away from home. And for what? $15 for a half pound of beef? Maybe? We talking about a filet here? Nice ribeye?


Cause otherwise... Very easy to play with. Last time I cooked burgers at home, 1/3 grass fed 90%, 1/3 buffalo 90%, and 1/3 ground lamb... Bit of salt and pepper... nice and juicy... much cheaper and better than then 10+ dollar burgers around.

If you're paying $10+ for a burger, just go try to make one at home. Very simple, probably much cheaper, and often better... Just gotta learn not to overcook the suckers and you're golden.
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« Reply #36 on: Feb 28, 2017, 10:51PM »

I have not! I'll give them a go when I get the chance.
For the full experience, you should go to the Original Original Tommy's over in downtown LA.
Heck, go right now. They never close.
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For the full experience, you should go to the Original Original Tommy's over in downtown LA.
Heck, go right now. They never close.

Tomorrow! Just had some In N Out... good stuff.  Good!
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Cause otherwise... Very easy to play with. Last time I cooked burgers at home, 1/3 grass fed 90%, 1/3 buffalo 90%, and 1/3 ground lamb... Bit of salt and pepper... nice and juicy... much cheaper and better than then 10+ dollar burgers around.


I'm super lucky.  My local grocer sells a good amount of skirt steak, and they sell the ground trimmings to me on request for $7 a pound.  Luscious.
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I'm super lucky.  My local grocer sells a good amount of skirt steak, and they sell the ground trimmings to me on request for $7 a pound.  Luscious.
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« Reply #40 on: Mar 01, 2017, 09:47AM »

Fuddruckers is still around,  at least here in Texas.  Pretty good.

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There's one in Boston as well.  The burger is OK, but the variety of fixin's is incredible!
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« Reply #41 on: Mar 01, 2017, 06:48PM »

Chain in NYC called Shake Shack... now one at the Mall of America here in the Twin Cities - the best burger I have ever had.  They have a special "shack sauce" but it just tastes like butter, and it is the most wonderful thing on a burger I have ever tasted.

It is a little pricey, but well worth it.  Good!

There a few Shake Shacks along the East Coast, and one here in Orlando. It was pretty good, but nothing special in my opinion. I'd sooner go to Five Guys (it's cheaper and closer for me).

Honestly, a lot of the "gourmet" burger places are really same-y to me. They're all good food, but its difficult for me to justify going to one over the other, so my choice would mostly be based on convenience.

McDonald's is a guilty pleasure for me, if only because there are so many of them and I can get my entire meal + drink for around $7. 
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« Reply #42 on: Mar 01, 2017, 07:10PM »

mmmmmmm....shakes...
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« Reply #43 on: Mar 01, 2017, 07:20PM »

OK, I looked up "adult milkshake". 

Yep, there seems to be alcohol involved.   :/

Putting the "happy" in "fat and happy".
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« Reply #44 on: Mar 01, 2017, 07:24PM »

Personally, I like "kid" shakes.  We have a chain here called "Friendly's" who had a shake called "Awful, Awful" which was so thick the metal spoon stood up.  I think they renamed it a "Fribble".

I like the taste of McDonald's shakes, but they are so high in sodium (probably the thickener) that I can feel my blood pressure rise as it digests Amazed
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« Reply #45 on: Mar 01, 2017, 08:43PM »

Haha Friendly's!

I forgot about that place! I liked how you got a whole shake, plus what was left in the metal mixer cup.
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« Reply #46 on: Mar 02, 2017, 05:50AM »

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www.kumascorner.com   is pretty much a Chicago institution for great burgers.

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« Reply #47 on: Mar 02, 2017, 06:40AM »

Haha Friendly's!

I forgot about that place! I liked how you got a whole shake, plus what was left in the metal mixer cup.

I miss them!!! The stores in my area were closed down as part of the bankruptcy a few years back.

We used to have one adjacent to our local Pathmark supermarket (also gone).  My wife, being a good Brooklyn girl, was a die-hard Pathmark devotee and coupon clipper.  In the early days of our marriage, when food shopping was an evening out, we would go to Friendly's for dinner and a shake and sit there and clip/organize coupons (when they were paper!) before heading next door to Pathmark.

Fond memories!

 
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« Reply #48 on: Mar 02, 2017, 07:17AM »

Here in New Mexico, the green chile cheeseburger is so popular that 66 different restaurants are listed on the "Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail" :

https://www.newmexico.org/places-to-go/true-trails/culinary-trails/green-chile-cheeseburger-trail/?skip=12&sort=rankTitle&hiddencats=836

In Santa Fe, the green chile cheeseburger by which all others are judged can be found here: http://www.santafebite.com
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« Reply #49 on: Mar 02, 2017, 07:23AM »

There is a little joint just north of Rochester, NY on Titus Ave called Murph`s. They have HANDS DOWN THE best burgers I`ve ever had.
Worth the trip
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« Reply #50 on: Mar 02, 2017, 07:59AM »

The only thing I have to say about burgers:

If I go to a restaurant and the burger they make is too tall to fit in my mouth without taking apart, or it has to be held together with a skewer or a knife stabbed through a cutting board or some other artsy crap, then that restaurant sucks at making burgers.
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« Reply #51 on: Mar 02, 2017, 10:56AM »

 Clever  Huey's in Memphis  Clever

http://hueyburger.com/menus/

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« Reply #52 on: Mar 02, 2017, 11:21AM »

The only thing I have to say about burgers:

If I go to a restaurant and the burger they make is too tall to fit in my mouth without taking apart, or it has to be held together with a skewer or a knife stabbed through a cutting board or some other artsy crap, then that restaurant sucks at making burgers.

That is a bad thing?!
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« Reply #53 on: Mar 02, 2017, 11:40AM »

The only thing I have to say about burgers:

If I go to a restaurant and the burger they make is too tall to fit in my mouth without taking apart, or it has to be held together with a skewer or a knife stabbed through a cutting board or some other artsy crap, then that restaurant sucks at making burgers.

You are more of the standard burger type of person I see:



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« Reply #54 on: Jul 30, 2017, 04:34PM »

If you really want a GREAT home-made Burger try this.. It works and they are delicious
Take your patties (don`t pack them too tight)
On each side of each patty - worchestershire sauce
                             Good Olive Oil        Rub in the two sauces
                             Sea Salt
                             Fresh Ground Pepper
                             Garlic Powder
                             Onion Powder
                             a little Fresh Rosemary
Rub everything in cover and let marinate for 24 hours
Grill them up the next day with a good bun and some sharp Cheddar.
You`ll never have better
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« Reply #55 on: Aug 09, 2017, 02:12AM »

The best burgers I've ever had:

1) Giant Burger in Berkeley (lived on these in college)

2) Carnival in Portland, OR

3) George's Giant Hamburgers (suburb of Portland)

Very sadly, all of these are now closed.  So I'm afraid to tell anyone what the next best burger place is. :cry:

The places near me that I find decent are Cheesecake Factory, Fuddruckers, and Red Robin.  But none of them hold a candle to Berkeley's Giant Burger.
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« Reply #56 on: Aug 09, 2017, 11:26AM »

The Red Eyed Mule in Marrietta Ga is fantastic. The Sloppy Slaw Burger is great.
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