Beware the gourmet burger they say, expensive burgers can’t be trusted. If people start talking about a burger, there’s probably a reason for it, although in the case of Towne, most of the chatter seems to have vanished after a hot start. Priced at $16, I’ve somehow avoided this burger for months, but like most things, this was worth the wait. To make the upper tier, you must nail execution, flavor, and offer something that other burgers can’t. Ironically labeled the “Deluxe All-American Bacon Burger,” it’s all about the meat, but for the gourmet crowd it should go without saying. How premium the entire package is and how much value is attributed to a hefty price tag is the question. continue reading »
Archive for November, 2011
First, there was The Lamb Burger, a nice break to actually make burgers at home, and now comes The Buffalo Burger. I was excited to see what I could come up when the Wild Idea Buffalo Company asked if I would test out some of their ground Buffalo meat. It was an easy sell, to be able to cook and use a product I could stand behind is just a bonus, but the benefits of their Buffalo meat is no joke.
A couple of facts for you to consider:
Their meat is 100% grass-fed, it’s always humanely harvested (never seeing a slaughter-house or feedlot), 100% antibiotic and hormone free, and is completely free roaming. That should be good enough for you, but if it doesn’t taste good, what’s the point? Fortunately, I was an instant fan of my Buffalo Burger, and keeping in line with my burger philosophy, I kept things fairly simple. Of course, simple for me meant creating a Burger Bar for everyone to create their own perfect burger; homemade Ketchup, homemade Steak Sauce, caramelized onions in beef fat, thyme roasted mushrooms and a slew of cheeses to choose from. The meat was cooked in my trusty cast-iron skillet in just a little bit of clarified butter. Heavy on the salt, heavy on the pepper and the burgers were good to go. continue reading »