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Burgers....Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Burgers

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Huntsman, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    I love this little local burger spot in Bethesda, MD (suburban DC) called City Burger. Think I'll have me some today!
     


  2. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    I have never been to Shake Shack, but 5 Guys, while good, is like my salt intake for a week.

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  3. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Shake Shack is overpriced and overrated...and their shakes aren't that good.

    Honestly though, the burgers are pretty dang good. I'd eat them over five guys any day, but I don't think I can make it out of there for under $15 on a normal day, while I can probably do five guys for 10. (and at five guys, that gets you a double patty and better fries, although no shake).

    Smash burger is pretty similar, cheaper, and I think some of the topping combos are better. And the rosemary olive oil fries beat out shake shack's food-service-supply grade crinkle fries.
     
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  4. tropics

    tropics Senior member

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    need to try smash burger.
    5 guys does not get the sear that i like, the patty seems crumbly and mealy sometimes.
    love dat smoke shack, the cherry peppers cut through it nicely.
     


  5. Reggs

    Reggs Senior member

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    Anyone like The Habit? I think their burgers are great. I always get the deep fried green beans with it too. More fiber than fries and less calories.

    I ought to get one for lunch today.
     


  6. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I made burgers this weekend. No grill unfortunately, so I just cooked them on a ridged cast iron skillet with canola oil on high heat. I used some organic ground chuck, and ground up a mixture of red onion and red pepper along with a little bread and an egg to mix into the burger meat. Holy shit was it juicy and delicious while still getting a good crust and sear on the outside. Just plain Boar's Head cheddar, thick cut, on top with raw red onions and arugula all on a potato roll.
     


  7. t3hg0suazn

    t3hg0suazn Senior member

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    I went to Smashburger and it was just as otc described, a cheeseburger and fries for <$10. Good patty, nice presentation too.

    @otc I also just got the Acadia burger and I have to say it's the best in Chicago for me atm. Owen and Engine is a close second but Acadia's patty has three cuts of beef which really got me (plus a really nice cheese). Used to love Au Cheval but after these monster patties with good quality beef I don't think I can go back.
     


  8. IChen

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    I like Smashburger but I generally order the chicken burgers and they give a pretty good portion. Not the biggest fans of their fries but their milkshakes aren't bad at all.
    Five Guys to me is cool because you can customize but way too salty so never eating their again.
    Shake Shack is pretty overrated, burgers are alright and shakes...ehh.

    Love Boston Burger Company, more eating at restaurant but hell yeah is it good, amazing fries that I can't eat immediately because too hot. Also extra points for fun burgers, especially moments when guys order the one with 3-4 stacked onion rings and tries to eat a 5 inch burger....then things comes flying out at them [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] absolutely hilarious [​IMG]
     


  9. t3hg0suazn

    t3hg0suazn Senior member

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    Smashburger gave me a $2 off coupon for chicken burgers so I'll be sure to go try that
     


  10. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Acadia is pretty good, although I believe the burger rotates seasonally (or at least it used to) so I may not have had the current iteration. $18 a burger though...for the same money, you can get the lobster roll :)
     


  11. t3hg0suazn

    t3hg0suazn Senior member

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    Yea I went because I wanted ramen but that's no longer available... (it's been a while). I had their mushroom burger before, but right now it's the original cheese+bacon jam burger. I agree about the price, I was paying mostly to satisfy my curiosity.

    Call me weird, but I prefer my lobster whole without any bread distracting me. But... next time.
     


  12. Gingahbman

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    All three of these places sound delicious. I look forward to trying at least one of them when I go to Chicago in a couple of weeks. I see Au Cheval has a place called Small Cheval just for burgers. Can anyone attest that they taste the same as the main joint?
     


  13. t3hg0suazn

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    I haven't been but I've read reports that Small Cheval is not quite as good (which is kind of expected). It's cheaper without a huge wait though...
     


  14. FLMountainMan

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    Smashburger is way overpriced. $14.00 out the door for a burger, coke, and fries, and the patty that you get is pitiful.

    Five Guys is decent, but I think Wendy's burger is as good, and cheaper.

    Whataburger is my favorite fast food burger. Perfect drunk food.

    McDonald's regular hamburger is a good cheap quick lunch. Tastes like moist cardboard, but you get two for less than $2.00, and the calorie count is not too bad.
     


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    What Wendy's I've had the past few years has been horrid even by junk fast-food standards. The burger always comes in a shambles, glopped all over with condiments. Rubbery burger... bleh.
     


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