Friday, August 31, 2012

"Sharing our leftovers..."

Our love for burgers doesn't stop once we cross the Palm Beach County line & neither should yours... We encourage our fellow burger lovers to "Share your leftovers..." with us in hopes to find the best burgers this country has to offer. With that being said, our latest installment of viewer's leftovers actually comes to us from our lovely neighbor to the north - Toronto, Canada.

Mina Stefan (@minastefan) of MinaStefan.com is a beautiful model who decided to share her love for the Big Mac. Yup. Models do eat burgers... And if this is any indication of who eats Mc Donald's in Canada, "I'm lovin' it."

She wrote a great review & sent us some exclusive photos of her experience... ENJOY!

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My little "entry"


Nobody can honestly tell me that they hate the Big Mac. For many people, burger lovers especially, their love of hot grilled beef between a fresh sesame bun didn't stem from their dad's back yard grill, it came from those evenings as a kid, sitting in the back seat of the family car on a drive home from somewhere boring like Home Depot begging your parents to stop for dinner just to have a taste of the perfect combination of sweet and savoury heaven. 

The perfectly soft bun, the creamy sweet Big Mac sauce, the delicate crunch of those pickles all complimenting those thin beef patties…Tell me you don't want one right now. 

And anyone who says "I hate MacDonald's" or "Who would want to eat that fake crap"…Remember, I'm in Canada where they legally can't sell me falsely advertised products. So my beef patties, are 100% beef, my cheese, is 100% Canadian cheddar…my Big Mac, is real effin tasty. 

So please, before you berate me for submitting MacDonald's to a burger blog…remember…Chances are you grew up with Grimace, the Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese. 

AND if you still hate MacDonald's after my short declaration of love, then at least enjoy a hot chick eating a burger :)


- Mina


Mina Stefan (@minastefan) of MinaStefan.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We're Published!

We really want to thank Staci Sturrock @StaciSturrock for publishing a great article about our love of burgers. This interview is now featured on the PB Pulse / Entertainment section online (soon to be published in the Palm Beach Post newspaper).

Click the image below to get the full article!



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grangers - Delray Beach, FL

I've passed this place a 1,000 times and never gave it a second chance. Now after trying their self proclaimed, "Best Burger in Palm Beach County," I won't officially be giving it a second chance.

We tried the "house favorite" - RP McMurphy Burger::: It was a very solid sized burger. Cooked perfectly (Medium) with juices streaming out of the bun. Then topped with a mountain of burnt grilled onions, red peppers and undercooked sautéed mushrooms. The meat had zero salt or seasoning... Leaving this burger overall flavorless.

This sounds bad, I know but Grangers did redeem themselves with their AMAZING made-to-order donuts with raspberry dipping sauce.

Still, we are here to eat meat & we left very I satisfied.

Overall rating on a scale of Rare (1) to Well-Done (5-best):
Medium-Rare (2)


Grangers Grill
215 Northeast 6th Ave
Delray Beach, FL


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Publix Apron's Cooking School

I finally got to cash-in on my birthday present from earlier in the summer... My family bought my father and I a burger cooking class at the Publix Apron's Cooking School in Boca (Military & Clint Moore). The class was called Main St Burgers, with a full menu of 5 varieties of burgers, fresh cut fries & a milkshake. All hands on, interactive fun with great instructors Ray and Anthony. These 2 have plenty of teaching experience with a great sense of humor. They made it real easy for the 11 of us in the class to cook, learn and enjoy our meal. Take a look at their classes (click here). Not only do they have hands on, but they bring in executive chefs for four-course meals to simply enjoy. This is a fun alternative and nice way to learn some new recipes and enjoy cooking with friends.

We had 5 burgers on the menu:
- Cheesy Chili Saturn Burger
- Quarter Pounder Classic Cheese
- Rise & Shine Buffalo Beef Burger
- Buffalo Chicken Burger with Grilled Cheese Buns (you read that right...)
- Turkey & Roasted Pepper/Avocado Burger

I'll try to break each one down as best I can for you.
Overall Rating on a Scale of... Rare (worst/1) to Well-Done (best/5)

Let's start with the Cheesy Chili Saturn Burger. Very basic seasonings, salt/pepper & garlic powder. 1lb of Chuck. Cooked Medium with a slice of Cheddar, then a very generous handful of shredded cheddar on top, covered to melt the cheese... As the cheese drips and cooks on the flat-top, it forms a solid ring. Placed on the bun and topped with chili... This was a fun burger to cook. The overall flavor really depends on the chili used. We had a pretty mild one so the wow factor wasn't really there. But the creativity was on-point. 
OVERALL-RATING: Medium-Well

The Quarter Pound Classic Burger was seasoned perfectly (for my taste buds); Salt/Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika & Worcestershire sauce.
OVERALL-RATING: Well-Done

Rise & Shine Buffalo Beef Burger peaked the interest of many in the class! Who doesn't like a bacon egg & cheese croissant? Well add in ground buffalo beef, with salt/pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard & bacon fat taken from the bacon we cooked to top this burger, mix well, cook to liking and combine... This is a late night burger lovers dream! The buffalo beef was a soft ground meat to work with. Not much fat, which is why we added to bacon fat to help keep burger moist. Out of the 5 burgers on the menu, this one had NO leftovers.
OVERALL-RATING: Well-Done


The Buffalo Chicken Burger with Grilled Cheese Buns was the talk of the night... How could it not be? Anytime you read "grilled cheese buns" you just have to know more. Let's start with the meat; Ground Chicken, 2 egg yolks,  salt/pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, worcestershire & hot sauce (we weren't shy to go hot!). So thats the burger... We also threw 1 onion, chopped on the stove to sweat, reduce and caramelize. Then, we made 2 grilled cheese sandwiches (single slice) to use as the buns... Need to make a cardiologist appointment yet? The combination is awkward but I'll say, the overall flavor aftertaste was amazing! Salty, Sweet & Hot. I'll be attempting to make this burger on my own, but not a few months, lol.
OVERALL-RATING: Well-Done


Lastly we had Turkey & Roasted Red Pepper/Avocado Burger. This was a nice, fresh tasting mix of ground turkey, egg yolks (keeps burger moist), salt/pepper, garlic powder, onion powder & cumin. The best part was roasting the peppers over stove top flame. Charred black, placed in a bowl and covered to steam off the char. Sliced, then placed on top of the burger with the avocado spread on the bottom bun.
OVERALL-RATING: Medium-Well
















































Friday, August 3, 2012

The Backyard - Boynton Beach, FL

It seems like only locals know about this spot. Redesigned and reopened in February, formally Cuttys, now The Backyard is just that. The perfect south Florida backyard. Ring game, bags, wood tables, tiki torches, gravel walkways and 2 huge bars make this a comfortable place to enjoy yourself.

The most interesting part is the kitchen... Everything is cooked out of an old Airstream trailer. Simple bar menu with high priced ingredients. The only burgers on the Menu are Kobe Beef Sliders (3 for $13).

Salty meat, great sauce, typical melted slice of cheddar. After a few more local craft beers and I could validate spending $13 for the sliders, but not now... You're paying for the crowd and atmosphere, not the burgers.

If you're headed here... Turn when you see the neon palm trees.

Overall rating:
Medium (3 of 5)
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