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blizzardstormus

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Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 8:50 PM (permalink)
It's time once more for Sutter Home's Build a Better Burger contest with a first prize of $50,000. Each year Sutter Home tweaks the rules a little. This year is no different.

1.The Contest is looking for America┬┤s best local burgers, those that are representative of where the contestant lives or grew up. Recipes should highlight the foods, products, or cooking traditions of a community, state, or region of the nation. Each recipe must include a brief introduction that tells why this is a great local American burger.

The important part to this rule is the emphasis on local burgers. (I think Sutter Home wans to get away from foreign-based recipes. Most of the past winners have had an international flair to them, such as Thai, Greek or Moroccan, to name just a few of the past winners.}

My question: What do you consider a regional local burger which is different from other regional burgers? The ones I can come up with off the top of my head:

Butter Burger (Wisconsin)
Green Chile Burger (Southwest)
Jucy Lucy (Minnesota)
Steamed Cheeseburger (Coonecticut)
Maid-Rite (Iowa...impossible to grill, though)

So, what's your local burger and how is different than the rest of the country?
 
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    Pancho

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    RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 9:03 PM (permalink)
    Re: Butter Burger in Wisconsin. Come on...it's from a fast food chain called Culver's and they simply slather some butter on the bun. Also, Culver's is now in a lot of western states. I don't really think there is a specialty burger here other than just some great tavern burgers...The Blue Moon here in Madison serves up one of the best I've had ANYWHERE.
     
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      blizzardstormus

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      RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 9:32 PM (permalink)


      Sorry, Pancho, but Culver's,which I believe started in Wisconsin,took the idea from local Wisconsin restaurants, such as Solly's Grille. The above picture is from the restaurant review of Solly's.
       
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        Davydd

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        RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 9:37 PM (permalink)
        True about Culver's but is it possible Culver's didn't start it but took a local hamburger concept and built on it? There are other places besides Culver's that feature a butter burger and it is associated with Wisconsin.

        http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=191

        http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=615&RefID=615

         
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          Davydd

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          RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 9:40 PM (permalink)
          Much of the country has accepted the term California Burger as a loaded burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and mayo.
           
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            1bbqboy

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            RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 9:52 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by Davydd

            Much of the country has accepted the term California Burger as a loaded burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and mayo.

            Really? I though a California Burger had to have Avocado on it.
             
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              Pancho

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              RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 10:01 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by blizzardstormus



              Sorry, Pancho, but Culver's,which I believe started in Wisconsin,took the idea from local Wisconsin restaurants, such as Solly's Grille. The above picture is from the restaurant review of Solly's.
              I do stand corrected as far as Solly's. However, I think that the "butter burger" represents a very small cross section of Wisconsin burger cuisine. You could take a poll of Wisconsin burger lovers and I'd venture to say that a "butter burger" would not rank very high. I'd even put a "brat burger" above it. Also, that burger at Solly's looks disgusting.
               
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                Davydd

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                RE: Build a Better Burger Contest Thu, 04/17/08 11:09 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by bill voss

                quote:
                Originally posted by Davydd

                Much of the country has accepted the term California Burger as a loaded burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and mayo.

                Really? I though a California Burger had to have Avocado on it.

                ...and sprouts! But in a midwest bar/grill they won't go that far but will still often call it a California burger.
                 
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