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    Oh my gosh, I went to McDonalds after work today and they have a new burger called the Daily Double that was made just for me! It has my holy trinity of perfect burgerdom on it--lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise. No pickles, no onions, no ketchup or mustard. It was like getting my beloved Big N Tasty back except it was even better because I didn't have to pick off the pickles and onions! The only thing that could make it even more perfect is if you could get it with bacon. *squeals*

    And it wasn't on some weirdo, stiff artisan bread. It was on a nice, soft hamburger bun like the double cheeseburger. That's the way I like it. (uh-huh, uh-huh). Sorry, got KC & the Sunshine Band stuck in my head for a second.

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    Well, now I know what we are having for dinner tonight!!
    From the bottom:
    Kaiser roll
    A1
    Beef burger, medium rare (or medium if m/r involves any sort of blood) on the thicker side but not too thick
    Swiss, sweet melty gooey Swiss
    super thin raw red onion slice
    bacon, crispy
    tomato, nice and ripe
    iceberg lettuce
    ketchup
    top of roll

    If any of those things aren't quite right, it goes from bliss to "meh" but even a "meh" burger is fantastic!

    I had one recently on vacation that was a "French Onion Burger" those are two of my favorite things, so I had to try it. It was only okay (chain restaurant, not the best patty) but I'm definitely going to try and work on it myself as it had great potential. I've tried sauteed onions before, but these were carmelized and the crunch (there has to be crunch!) came from croutons. From the menu: Caramelized onions, double gruyere cheese, garlic mayo, crushed garlic croutons
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    Mmm, that French Onion Burger sounds fantastic! It's too bad the one you got wasn't all that great but I think you're on the right track trying to create one yourself. I wouldn't mind taking a shot at it, too. I think I might use potato chips or potato sticks for the crunch.

    I'm glad people are still posting their burger creations. I like to have new ideas to play with. I never get tired of burgers in general but it is nice to vary the toppings for a change of pace.

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    I can no longer eat burgers from the fast food chains. They don't agree with me any longer. I like to use a ground beef mixture of about 85/15 % ratio. Any leaner than that and it just tastes too dry to me. We like our burgers rare with a slice of American cheese melted on top, nice tomato slice, bacon (if there is any extra in the fridge, otherwise we skip it) and Thousand Island dressing. I like a regular packaged hamburger roll, preferably seeded. No artisan bread or fancy roll for me.
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    I was planning on getting a BLT Cobb salad from Wendy's tonight but after looking up the nutritional information, I might as well get my Baconator. The BLT Cobb salad has the same amount of calories as a Baconator single and more cholesterol than a Baconator double! Given the choice between a hamburger and a salad, I'm going to prefer the hamburger, especially if the salad actually has more cholesterol.

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    Re: Building the perfect burger

    I saw something on a food show recently that I want to try making at home--an inside-out burger. You put the cheese and condiments inside the raw hamburger and then fry it up so the goodies are at the center of the burger. I want to try this with crispy bacon chopped up, blue cheese crumbles, and diced tomatoes. It might make it easier to keep the goodies on the burger if they're inside the meat rather than on top of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu View Post
    I saw something on a food show recently that I want to try making at home--an inside-out burger. You put the cheese and condiments inside the raw hamburger and then fry it up so the goodies are at the center of the burger. I want to try this with crispy bacon chopped up, blue cheese crumbles, and diced tomatoes. It might make it easier to keep the goodies on the burger if they're inside the meat rather than on top of it.
    Some company or other used to make these & sell the patties frozen & raw. They were great. They had the meat seasoned with spices & veggies (green peppers, onions, tomato bits, etc.) & cheese in the middle. I used to make them for my kids sometimes for a quick no fuss burger. I haven't seen them in years.
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    Re: Building the perfect burger

    Quote Originally Posted by pikachu View Post
    I saw something on a food show recently that I want to try making at home--an inside-out burger. You put the cheese and condiments inside the raw hamburger and then fry it up so the goodies are at the center of the burger. I want to try this with crispy bacon chopped up, blue cheese crumbles, and diced tomatoes. It might make it easier to keep the goodies on the burger if they're inside the meat rather than on top of it.
    We make these a lot now...they're really good. Have fun with your combos!

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    I can't believe I never saw this thread! I consider myself a burger connoisseur. For a basic burger I like cheddar cheese, mayo, tomato, lettuce and onion. I like a bun with a little umph to it. I don't like it so soft it won't hold the burger. Different specialty burgers that I like(d)-Pretzel bacon cheeseburger from Wendy's, yum-o! So sad they took it off the menu. Red Robin used to have this italian burger with pepperoni, shredded romaine, mozzarella, tomato and garlic mayo, SO good but no longer on the menu as well. The best turkey burger I've ever had is at Ruby Tuesday, it's wonderful!

    No REALLY good burger places here in Columbus. We have Smashburger which is ok but not, OMG I have to have that burger. Wish we had a place like that.

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    Re: Building the perfect burger

    It's interesting how different families put their burger toppings on in different orders. In my family, we always put the burger on the bottom bun with cheese on top of it, then the vegetables (lettuce, tomato, pickle, whatever each person wanted, and the condiments went on the top bun. The first time I had burgers on a friend's house recently, they put all the vegetables on the bottom bun and then added the burger last. I know it's silly for ingredient order to matter so much to me but I felt like I was eating my burger upside down!

    I'm not sure if there's a reason why they put their burger together that way. It seems to me that if you put stuff underneath the meat, the burger has nothing to hold onto and slips off the sandwich more easily. If you put the vegetables on top, you might have the top bun slide off but at least you won't be in danger of losing your meat patty!
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