The very latest from the desk of the Boston Burger Blog…

A Burger Challenge from Whole Foods and the Goodwill Grill

July 15th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

WF Burger


A couple of weeks ago, I was challenged on Instagram by the Whole Foods in Melrose. They had caught wind of American Burger Revival and wondered if I could create a burger out of any random collection of ingredients. Of course I am not one to back down from a challenge, especially a delicious beefy burger challenge, so I happily accepted. Off I went to the Melrose store, where I was given a basket of ingredients in which I was tasked to take them home and make a burger out of. Now, I’m not sure I would have sought out grass fed beef, plums, squid, challah bread, pomegranate molasses, ginger and a wedge of Nuvola di Pecora cheese, but I’m glad I did. I created my take on a surf and turf Patty Melt by making a burger topped with mustard fried calamari, plum-harissa cocktail sauce, grilled plums and crispy ginger with melted Nuvola di Pecora. I especially loved the way the cocktail sauce came out, as I incorporated a couple of the plums, harissa, pomegranate molasses and horseradish for a new twist on the old standby.

Now the fun part. On July 25th I will be at the Whole Foods in Melrose as part of their week long 2nd year anniversary party!  You’ll have the chance to taste a delicious burger creation (a new burger to be determined, squid optional) for $5 which includes chips and a soda and all the proceeds will go to the Melrose Veterans Memory Project. Copies of American Burger Revival will also be available for purchase so come on down and say hi!

American Burger Revival, available now!!

May 21st, 2015 by Richard Chudy



Words cannot be expressed. My first cookbook, American Burger Revival, is now available wherever books are sold. I couldn’t be prouder and I hope you all like it too. Please consider picking up a copy, spreading the love and cooking some delicious burgers straight from the pages. Your undying support ever since I started this little blog some eight years ago has led to this exciting moment in my life, and I’m glad you could all be there to share it with me. Cheers to you all!

Centre Street Cafe

March 30th, 2015 by Richard Chudy



Centre Street Cafe is the type of quaint and tight knit spot that we don’t nearly have enough of around these parts. On a recent Sunday brunch visit, the line was out the door and the dining room was buzzing; it instantly felt comfortable and familiar. Chef Brain Rae, formerly of Rialto, also happens to be serving a cute little number of a burger as well. Available for lunch and brunch only, the “Maine grind burger” is a $14 treat, and a judgment free zone if like me, this so happens to be your first meal of the day.  continue reading »

The Bancroft

March 25th, 2015 by Richard Chudy


If any type of establishment should have a great burger, it’d have to be a steakhouse, right? I mean, the classic pub and fast causal categories make a lot of sense too, but great beef should be a no-brainer for a place that specializes in red meat. And The Bancroft in Burlington passes the meat test with flying colors. The lunch and brunch only burger sits at $15 and is a treat; not flawless, but what burger is. Brioche, crispy onions, cave aged cheddar, fries and pickles round it out on a pretty presentation in a gorgeous room.  continue reading »


March 17th, 2015 by Richard Chudy


Is the burger a trend? Moreover, is the forced gourmet platform of our dear burger just a flash in the pan? I sure hope not, but even as more and more places start offering a burger, there are the pundits who will always put their noses up at the sight of yet another burger. But if you think the burger, in any form, is going away anytime soon, you are incredibly naive. Enter Sycamore in Newton, a buzzworthy restaurant ever since it opened a couple of years ago, which up until a few weeks ago had never served a burger. But why start now? You got me, it’s not the type of place that needs to draw in less adventerous diners and serve a common burger, but clearly the level of excitement to add their take on the classic is something that many chefs and restaurants can get behind, if nothing else than for the mere enjoyment of it all.  continue reading »

American Burger Revival, pre-order

February 25th, 2015 by Richard Chudy



My first cookbook, American Burger Revival, is now available for pre-order!! So what are you waiting for, reserve your copy now and be the first to receive the book when it comes out in May. Thanks for all the support!!