FROM A SAN ANTONIO NATIVE NEWLY RETURNED RE: BEAN BURGERS
DOES ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 55 remember the original and what was in it?
I agree that the current BEST of the best bean burgers AKA: Bulverde Burger is at Specht's Store in Bulverde, just north of San Antonio...bar none. Owner Kate Mangold has refined the original to keep it in the real realm and price range. The gourmet version at double the price is at Cappy's on Broadway and lacks the funky quality we have come to love, but is delicious. And of course Chris Madrid's for those who cannot manage the drive to Bulverde.
I believe the original may be have been invented in the early 1960's at a local Alamo Heights joint near the McNay Museum at Austin Hwy and N. New Braunfel's called Sill's Snack Shack, which went out of business about 1984. Someone recently told me that a Sill relative is making them again on the South Side of town, but I have no details...but would like to know if it is true.
I have made what I think is the original recipe for years for my family on an electric griddle. This is a favorite of kids. If memory serves, the layering of the burger is critical to the taste, as in any sandwich. And of course make sure you get some burger grease on that bun.
On top side of bun: mayo, cheeze whiz, coursely chopped onions
Then burger meat
On bottom of bun: mayo, refried beans, crushed original frito chips (no substitutions, fritos were invented here)
Do not adulterate it with lettuce, tomatoe, etc.
Anyone out there, let me know if I am close to the history or the recipe.