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2003/11/07 13:50:30 (permalink)

What Goes On Your Burger?

I'm making good on my promise to make a Ketchup and Mustard Belt Thread.
It never dawned on me that mustard and ketchup weren't standard fare on burgers all over this country of ours. What's liked and disliked on hamburgers in your neck of the woods?
This is a spinoff from the White Castle thread's revelation that ketchup and/or mustard are not standard fare on burgers in some parts of the world, at burger joints and at home.
I grew up with regular old mustard, ketchup, and sometimes pickles, onions, and cheese. We had a few places in KC that served German-style mustard at the counter,(Frank Wachter's Grill) but that was the height of sophistication.
Mayo and the Secret Sauces were for the special issue burgers from the chains. stuff like the Big Mac, Whopper, etc. Tomatoes were an adult thing, along with lettuce. All this other junk on top or inside?.... well, no thank you sir! What do you put on YOUR burger?
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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 14:30:33 (permalink)
    If given a choice, I want the following on my burger:

    Two slices of cheese - preferably one of sharp cheddar and the other of swiss
    Grilled onions, preferably chopped
    A dab of steak sauce
    Leaf lettuce.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 14:46:23 (permalink)
    Provolone, yellow mustard, three bread & butter pickles, tomato slice, and if I have room, plain ol' lettuce.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 14:55:01 (permalink)
    Around here the standard is ketchup, mustard, onion, pickle. My current choice would be lettuce, tomato and mayo. But tomorrow it might be different.... That's a great thing about burgers, don't you think?

    Cindy
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 14:56:48 (permalink)
    We like to add chili (no beans). I think 2 pickles are best.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 15:07:25 (permalink)
    Any & all responses are fine by me. I think they'll end up somewhat the same. the thread police has a nice ring to it, don't you think? obey the speed limit, Mr. Voss, or we're gonna' pull your license to post. Ya'all come, back now, hear?
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 15:52:52 (permalink)
    Don't want to upset the Thread Police, so I'll answer every possible question:

    Personally, I prefer cheese and that's it. If I feel it needs something more, I'll opt for mustard. Never Ketchup. Or catsup.

    As far as my neck of the woods...in my original neck (Western NY), burgers typically came with both mustard and Ketchup. In my current neck (Manhattan), I honestly don't know, because I generally only eat burgers at places where the customer personally designates the toppings. But, my general assumption is that you don't see much mustard around here on burgers, but mayo seems to be more common. Pickles are pretty standard in both places, I think. Perhaps AndyNYC or someone else from the area will know more.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 15:57:57 (permalink)
    We have a few places in Denver that serve Gyros and other Greek-styled foods that serve burgers too. The toppings at these places are usually are a Russian/1000 Island type sauce minus the pickle relish, onions, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Its a nice change.

    While living in Iowa in the early 90s, a chain similar to Colorado's Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard opened and marketed a Green Olive Burger that had a ridiculous amount of olives on it. Needless to say, that didn't last to long in my white-bread hometown.

    As for my personal references, Good mustard, steak sauce, those snappy pickle slices, cheese and raw onions. Also, thick peppered bacon too.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 16:58:36 (permalink)
    Dinosaur BBQ Sensuous Slathering Sauce, a stacker type dill pickle, lettuce and tomato (in season), hold the cheeze please.

    I could give a hoot (to be nice) what anybody else around here has on their burgers.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 17:35:46 (permalink)
    Personal preferences: Whole grain roll/bread, spicy mustard, romaine lettuce, roma, creole, or ripe beefsteak tomato, cheese (swiss, provolone or mozzarella), onions .. or .. steak or B.B.Q. sauce, onion and bacon on thick fresh rye, French or Italian bread.

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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 17:51:11 (permalink)
    In my neck of the woods (or corner of the swamp) when one is ordering a burger the lady (I'm being mildly sexist here, but this is more often true than not) will say "ya waunt dat boiger dressed?". Your answer to this query will indicate whether you would like lettuce, tomato, and onion on your burger. I say yes.

    At home, when making my own, it is stinky cheese of some sort, ketchup, zatarain's mustard, homemade mayo, green tomato relish, on a LARGE sesame seed roll graced by a medium rare burger patty of 80/20 beef.

    Would you like me to be specific?
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 17:55:32 (permalink)
    This here's chiliburger country. Outside of that, most places do them with ketchup, mayo, mustard or a thousand island sauce variation. Onion, lettuce and tomato are also common------pickles less so. As for me-----I prefer no greens or tomato on it------just grilled onions, ketchup, Guldens spicy brown mustard and maybe some dill chips.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 18:29:22 (permalink)
    Grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, mayo, good cheese (sharp cheddar or a none-to-subtle blue cheese are good, I imagine gruyere or comte would also be nice, but I've never tried it).

    Tomatoes only if they are in season. Lettuce if its been patted dry. Bad tomatoes and lettuce make burgers taste waterlogged IMO.

    Pickles I can take or leave.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 18:47:42 (permalink)
    Grizzly,

    Where DO you go for burgers in Denver? What are the Greek restaurants you mentioned?

    My boyfriend lives in Aurora and I live in Lafayette, and we hit places all over Denver, but he doesn't like chains much, so we're starting to run out of places. Any suggestions?

    Oh, and we avoid LoDo like the plague.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 19:03:36 (permalink)
    grew up in New England--we ate them at home with cheese,raw onions and ketchup---at the track--with grilled onions and too much salt!Still like just ketchup and onions,either way and tabasco---or occasionaly with roasted peppers and salsa added!
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 22:00:26 (permalink)
    I saw a program on thr food network , Reguarding the original Hamburger stand, I dont remeber many of the details, What I do recall is, That I belive it was in New York state, and had been in operation since the turn of the centuary, They had the original vertical flame gas grills, {Love to find one}They offered very limited topings.
    Does anyone have any info on this spot.
    Personal toppings Bacon and blue cheese, Nothin else.


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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 23:12:21 (permalink)
    I think Louis Lunch is what you mean. There's plenty of folks here that have sampled their burgers. Ketchup is forbidden.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=402
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/07 23:19:19 (permalink)
    Thanks
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    quote:
    Originally posted by bill voss

    I think Louis Lunch is what you mean. There's plenty of folks here that have sampled their burgers. Ketchup is forbidden.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=402
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 08:26:15 (permalink)
    Here in plain old Minnesota, burgers are plain and given names if they come with stuff on them.
    A California burger has lettuce, tomato and mayo, a cheeseburger, of course cheese unless it's a bacon cheese burger
    a swiss buger has swiss and mushrooms

    Some regular resaurants make up names for their specialty burgers to coincide with the theme of their place. A fifties joint would have the Elvis and the Bobby Darin, the place with the movie posters on the wall has a John Wayne and a Humphrey Bogart.
    sorry, I can't speak for the fast-food chains, i don't go to them except an occasional white castle and they come with onions and pickles, no ketchup or mustard

    also, a variation on this thread.
    Is it Ketchup or catsup? (in your neck of the woods?)

    I personally like mine with cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and a pickle, oh, and a lot of grilled onions, sliced not chopped
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 08:54:16 (permalink)
    MayHaw....
    Glad you don't get tooooo specific ! BTW Where does one get "Large Sesame Seeds" to put on a roll to carry ur burger??? In Kentuciana I don't think those seeds are graded by size?? Does Size matter? Or is it more of "what you do with what your seed", than the size of the seed?
    As for me, I prefer a double burger...or a triple as opposed to one THICKER patti. I like the broiler flavor.
    Easy on the cheese, if I wanted a cheese sandwich I would order one. But one slice of cheese is ok. (American)
    For other toppings
    1. ONION--Prefer grilled Red or xtra-sweet and cut into large slices. Keep the onion in a solid slice as opposed to a bunch of rings. --
    2. BACON several slices cooked "not quite" crisp so it doesn't crumble when I bite into the sandwich...but not "chewy-stringy" either.
    3. SAUCE-- Anyone remember the "3 D" sauce developed by Howard Johnson's?? It was the forerunner of the Special Sauce of Big Mac fame. Thats the one for me...Although in a pinch a Hot'n'Sweet Barbecue Sauce will suffice.
    Then TOAST/GRILL the Bun to help keep it intact when you put the contents on-in it.
    But I am not fussy, I like White Castles also !!
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 09:16:39 (permalink)
    In my neck of the woods they come unadorned, or with lettuce, tomato, and pickle. If you want something else you have to ask for it. A catsup bottle is usually presented, if there is not one already on the counter or table.

    I order them rare, with grilled onions, hold the garden, mayonnaise and brown mustard on the side.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 11:00:37 (permalink)
    I don't know of any distinctive local traditions when it comes to hamburger dressing. Most of the usual condiments one might want are generally available, and there is no taboo (like that against putting ketchup on a hot dog) against using any of them. And one can always order a burger with extra toppings - bacon, onions, what-have-you.

    My current standard for local hamburger excellence,[url='http://www.stanleyshamburgers.com/']Stanley's Famous Hamburgers[/url], will always serve a burger with grilled onions and sliced pickle, unless instructed otherwise. It's a good practice, at least in my opinion - the added flavor of the onions complements the beef perfectly, and when one adds bacon and cheese it is really something special. I also always enjoy a patty melt - the rye, swiss, onions and beef combination is a thing of beauty.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 11:45:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by clothier

    Pardon me for being the thread police, but the man asked what's liked and disliked in your neck of the woods, not what YOU want on your burger.


    Err, uhm, check the title of the thread versus the content of the opening thread. :-)

    I assure you that I was replying to the title.....

    That said, here in Cincinnati, I don't really see any regional trend. Pretty much every place that offers a standard burger (I am excepting White Castle here), including the megachains, offers catsup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, pickl, and cheese. Some ingredients are not availale on some burgers -- I was refused when I asked for lettuce on a double cheeseburger last night, for example. Bacon is occasionally available for an added charge. Higher end places offer chiliburgers, or such toppings as grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, different cheeses, chopped oloves, or even weirder stuff like guacamole and etc.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 11:47:09 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    MayHaw....
    Glad you don't get tooooo specific ! BTW Where does one get "Large Sesame Seeds" to put on a roll to carry ur burger??? In Kentuciana I don't think those seeds are graded by size?? Does Size matter? Or is it more of "what you do with what your seed", than the size of the seed?


    OK, OK, I should have been even MORE specific. WHat I meant was that I enjoy a bun of large size (a burger with "back") with REGULAR sized (the same size as everybody else, standard size seeds, not giant seeds ) sesame seeds on it.

    Man, you gotta be careful around here.

    Also, you mentioned 3D sauce, is that anything like the old Durkee's? I used to like that quite a bit, but it seems that it is now hard to find.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 11:50:28 (permalink)
    Nothing special that I know of in SE Wisconsin. You are usually asked what you want on hamburgers, or a variety of toppings are available for your use, nothing usually outside of the basics.

    I got to eat my first Maid-Rite sandwich a couple of days ago in Muscatine, Iowa, and was told that "the usual" toppings were pickles, onion, and mustard. Ketchup had to be requested specially. I thought that was interesting. (I chose mustard alone. Next time I think I will go naked! )
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 12:48:45 (permalink)
    Around here, there are burgers, and there are burgers. If you go to a local diner or "joint" type place and order a burger "all the way," you will get a thin patty on a soft steamed bun with mustard, onion, slaw, and chile. At other, "chain type" burger places, they usually come with mayo, lettuce and tomato, and a thicker patty of meat. If you want it any different, you specify. Raw onion, rather than grilled is the norm.

    Personally, if I'm in an "all the way" joint, I eat them that way. In the other places, I usually order them with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato and onion.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 12:50:12 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by clothier

    ...here in MI... locals like to eat chopped green olives (yes, with what passes these days for pimento). It's tasty, especially if you get it with mayo to balance out the olives.


    Yeah, I loved olive cheeseburgers (chopped green olives+mayo) when I lived in MI. Have never seen that topping offered here in CA.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 14:13:39 (permalink)
    Normally, we never eat hamburgers but during Football season, a restaurant in a small town 4 miles from us has a "special" on their hamburgers every Sunday and it has now become a Sunday evening tradition for us to go there and get their 1/2 lb burger with a ton of fries for only 4 dollars.

    Here is a desciption of their hamburger and the toppings that you can select from.
    The Beck Burger!!
    "Here's the beef!!" We grill this monster to order and top it with your choice of 3 tasty toppings (below) with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and raw onions if you like. Choose our half-pound size, or for the heartier appetite, try THE POUNDER!!! (please allow ample time to prepare medium-well to well done burgers.)
    8 oz. /$5.95
    16 oz. /$8.95

    Toppings: cheddar, american, swiss, provolone, monterey jack, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, grilled ham, BBQ sauce, bleu cheese


    I always get mine with the bleu cheese, sauteed mushrooms and bacon!
    (and of course the free lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 14:38:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Tom Tyler

    quote:
    Originally posted by clothier

    ...here in MI... locals like to eat chopped green olives (yes, with what passes these days for pimento). It's tasty, especially if you get it with mayo to balance out the olives.


    Yeah, I loved olive cheeseburgers (chopped green olives+mayo) when I lived in MI. Have never seen that topping offered here in CA.


    This is a new one on me but intriguing; trying to do the Atkins diet, olives are a regular snack (I buy 'em by the case at Sam's ). Is this like the olive salad on a muffaletta . Or just green, stuffed olives .

    I am gonna have to try it Olive salad sounds better to me since I'm not really fond of mayo on a burger.

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    RE: What Goes On Your Burger? 2003/11/08 16:12:03 (permalink)
    Slice Sweet Vidalia Onion
    Slice Beefsteak Tomato
    Crisp Lettuce
    Heinz Ketchup
    Salt/Pepper
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