12.28.2015 Birthday Burger 2015


The Williamsburger



Queens, NY

The Williamsburger

Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion Ring, BBQ Sauce


Hamburgers on Pretzel Rolls

Burger Time!

After stumbling across a nice recipe for soft pretzels, my brain instantly went to burgers. I’ve covered burgers a bunch of times on here, so I’ll focus on the pretzel rolls.
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National Hamburger Week II – The Secret of the Ooze

Finished plate

National Hamburger Week / Month is back again!  Now with Marisa pregnant, and having to eat her meat atleast medium-well, I had to think fast.  How can I make a burger still delicious, yet still cooked all the way through.  Boom, Juicy Lucy’s.  Yes, made famous in Minneapolis, and covered on every single show on the Food Network, Travel Channel, and Cooking Channel.  Essentially a burger with melty cheese in the middle.
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12.27.13 Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

113 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

Minetta Tavern

Black Label Burger
dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites
West Village, NYC

selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions

selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions

7.4.13 Porkth of July II

The Porkth of July II
The second Porkth of July! This year I finally tracked down a pork butt. For some reason, in NYC it is near impossible to get an untrimmed butt. The Picnic is easy to find, but I wanted to smoke a good ole Boston Butt. After tracking one down at a butcher shop, and paying more than I should’ve (actually Marisa picked it up, and paid, sucker!), the first part was over. That got me thinking, now that I have my new WSM, why waste all that room? So I went to the grocery store, and picked up a picnic (on $ale! too)

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05.04.13 National Hamburger Week

It is National Hamburger Week, and also National Hamburger Month!  Marisa and I were too broke to take in any of the festivities being held by many NYC restaurants.  But I had some spare home-ground beef from my last batch in the freezer, and we decided to celebrate on our own. Home ground burgers, with 12 month aged cheddar, bacon, and jalapeno ketchup.  I won’t bore you with those details, you can look through my old post about grinding the meet and making burgers.  But I will tell you about the side dish.

the meal
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2.9.13 Home Ground Cheeseburgers

 Fresh Ground BurgersMarisa and I got a meat grinder attachment for the Kitchen-aid from our wedding registry.   I couldn’t wait to use it,  and this was my chance.  A cold snowy day, the perfect opportunity to make some freshly ground burgers.  The secret is really simple, use the good stuff, and keep it simple.

Good meat, good cheese, and good rolls.  For the cheese, I went for some thick sliced Land O Lakes American from the deli counter.  The rolls, I went with Martin’s Potato Rolls, and now for the meat…

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12.28.12 Birthday Dinner

The Burger Club
Astoria – Queens

Braised short rib french fries

Braised short rib french fries

Stuffed Burger

Stuffed Burger
Topped with smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto and basil pesto

Carolina Burger

Carolina Burger
Topped with slow-cooked pulled pork, pepper jack cheese and homemade coleslaw

6.16.12 Bareburger


Bare Burger

Bayside – Queens

The Western

Bison burger pepperjack, blackened maple bacon, fried onions, house-made coleslaw, peppercorn steak sauce

5.25.12 Soho Park



Soho Park

Soho – NYC

Park Burger with Fries