Who Cooked It Better? Best Lookin’ Burgers

Last week’s WCiB? squeaker ended well for Dinner with Julie, who took home the best eggs benedict crown with 44 percent of the vote.

Memorial Day is right around the corner and in these parts that means it’s time to get excited about one thing: burgers! And when we say burger, we mean BURGER – the real deal. No chickpeas, seitan, tofu, turkey, sweet potato patties or ground chicken allowed. Just good old fashioned cow slabs cooked over a fire. And the truth about burgers is you can stuff em, you can top em, you can goat-cheese-and-red-pepper em, and of course, you can cover em in bacon, but when it comes down to it, the basic, classic cheeseburger really can’t be beat. So for this week’s challenge, we’re going on beauty alone, scouring flickr to find the best lookin’ burger in America, whether home-cooked or photo’d from restaurants.

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Our first best lookin’ burger, in the top left, in the brioche-y bun, is from Dopiaza, who includes a full recipe on flickr. Dripping in cheese and topped with very thinly sliced red peppers, you can just imagine the perfect crunchyjuicy combo the first bite of this one would bring.

On the top right is Plaid Ninja’s photo of the Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger form Joe’s Best Burger, an NYC joint I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never heard of, but surely will be visiting soon.

The bottom left amazingness is from oiseauxblue! Toasted wheat, mushrooms, gruyere, and fried onions – a salivating concoction indeed. No credit given as to whether this is from a restaurant or cooked at home, but either way, it’s a thing of pure beauty.

The last photo is from Adam over at A Hamburger Today, who offers a take on the famous Jucy Lucy from Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis; recipe inspired by John T. Edge’s Hamburgers & Fries. The simple idea is so brilliant it’s hard to believe everyone doesn’t do it – inserting your cheese into the patty instead of on top of it, creating a gooey, delicious mess.

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  • JoeHoya May 21, 2008  

    Apologies in advance to Plaid Ninja – by voting for him, I’ve effectively guaranteed he won’t win.

    I am officially Who Cooked It Better kryptonite.

  • Britannia May 21, 2008  

    BS; thanks for doing my beach menu research for me, they all look fantastic. I will do my best to make one of these while I’m basking in the sun at the beach this weekend, if I do I’ll be sure to report back in the comments.

  • Maidelitala May 21, 2008  

    I think the Hamburger Today bun looks a little thick and a waaay too white

  • BS May 21, 2008  

    your team is actually doing pretty well this time, JH!

  • Robert-Gilles Martineau June 2, 2008  

    You have to try Tuna Hamburger!
    Definitely healthier and lighter!
    Then you can call it Ninja!

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