What’s the Well-Dressed Burger Wearing this Season?
Toppings & Condiments Set New Trends
“The works” on a burger used to mean ketchup, mustard, onion and pickle. Next came shredded iceberg lettuce and tomato slices. Recently, we’ve seen a toppings and condiments free-for-all, as innovative chefs and operators established trends and broke traditional rules to set their burgers apart from the competition.
Ambitious chefs are making their own ketchup and mustard in-house, preserving their own pickles and oven-roasting red peppers. What would have seemed weird back in the day is now quite fashionable. You might find a sunny-side-up egg staring back at you from atop your patty, or buttery avocado slices, or even French fries peeking out of the bun.
Ever ask yourself “Why isn’t there any ham in a hamburger?” Considering what we are finding atop burgers these days, there probably is a slice of ham served on a burger somewhere. Here’s a glimpse at what well-dressed burgers are wearing this season in different regions of our culinary world.
This cool operator started in Los Angeles, and has spread like wildfire with locations across the nation. Here are just a few of the topping options: truffled aioli; miso mustard; fried egg; lardons; daikon radish sprouts; arugula.
BLACK IRON BURGER, NYC
Long lines form at this popular Manhattan mainstay. Toppings offered: Wasabi horseradish Cheddar, Maytag Blue, Swiss, Gorgonzola, alpine-smoked bacon, organic fried egg, jalapenos, caramelized grilled onions and scallions. House-made sauces are Tahini yogurt, Wasabi mayo, Caesar mayo, BBQ, buffalo hot sauce, ranch and Blue cheese.
TWISTED ROOT BURGER COMPANY
Dallas is home to this fast-growing burger chain. You’ll find creatively designed and named burgers with trendy toppings and condiments as follows: The Kevin Bacon (3 bacon slices and Danish Blue cheese); Lots-A-Shroom (baby ‘bello mushrooms, garlic and Swiss); Frito Bandito (Texas chili, guacamole, Cheddar and Fritos®); the Spicy Goat (chipotle sauce, Glenview Farms goat cheese and bacon); the Sexy Hawaiian (Jalapeno Jack cheese, teriyaki sauce, pineapple salsa and prosciutto).
CHARM CITY BURGER COMPANY
Really hungry folks in Deerfield Beach, Florida, get their fill here with the Big Sloppy, a double burger with double cheese and double bacon, topped off with hash browns and a fried egg. Likely, not too many desserts are sold to folks who order one of these babies.
The “Juicy Lucy” — a burger stuffed with cheese that oozes out when you bite into it — was invented in Minneapolis decades ago. At Hell’s Kitchen downtown, their Juicy Lucifer has a hot molten center, and is served with lettuce, tomato, red onion and house-made red pepper jelly. Additional toppings are thick-sliced bacon, Portobello mushrooms, sautéed onions, guacamole, sliced avocados, and Cheddar, Swiss, Blue, Fontina, Habanero Pepperjack, Provolone and American cheeses.