I can’t believe we havent written about how excited we are for the next Bill’s Bar and Burger!
The Burgerlution team in the kitchen with Brett Reichler
We met with Bill’s executive chef Brett Reichler to tell us about their burgers and restaurant philosophy. Bill’s uses Pat LaFrieda meats for all of their delicious burgers. But don’t be fooled! Bill’s prides itself on being a place where fast food and fine dining meet at a meaty cross-roads of juicy burger goodness.
Burger in hand, smile on face.
Brett invited us into the kitchen of their Rockefeller Center restaurant and let us taste their ridiculously yummy burgers.
Bill’s Maytag Blue and Bacon Burger
Bill’s will be opening a new location at Harrah’s in Atlantic City this summer. We snagged the shot below on a drive through New Jersey. We cant wait for a night at the Pool with a mouth-watering Maytag burger!
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Wow. The Burgerlution plane has really taken off recently! Since our last post, we have met with so many incredibly knowledgable burger enthusiasts. We’ve watched countless burgers flip their way into so many perfect, buttery brioche buns. And we are so excited to have met so many interesting people along the way.
But now I’m dying to share what we’ve been up to.
Most recently, The Burgerlution crew took a magical trip to Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Purveyors where we met with the man himself and watched his signature burgers being made right before our eyes. What a treat!
Pat LaFrieda is the Willy Wonka of Burgers!
We learned about the history of the LaFrieda company, watched cuts being broken down and chopped into patties, and then saw them leave for delivery in the morning.
Pat even gave us a peek into his dry age room. The smell is like a beef heaven! It’s pretty hard to describe how magical it is in there.
Director Jonathan with Pat
I have to say, these burgers are even more delicious (as if that’s possible) knowing that they were just made hours earlier. Being able to see my hamburger being created from start to finish at Pat LaFrieda and then in my own kitchen is a satisfying feeling I’ve never had the privilege to experience before.
Thank you, Pat!
Check back soon for more photos and clips of our trip to Pat LaFrieda, photos of delicious fresh-chopped burgers, and for updates on who else we’ve been meeting with lately.
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In my adventure to discover the evolution of the burger I had to visit a new player in the game. Elevation Burger which I have previously posted about. The staff at Elevation burger is extremely helpful and friendly! I have to say for a restaurant that provides sophisticated food in the fast-casual setting, they are really pushing the bar!
Elevation burger prides themselves on ingredients, and it goes to show that they do matter. They use 100% USDA- certified organic, 100% grass-fed, 100% free-range beef, and it is always 100% ground-on-premises. The burgers are cooked on a Electric Griddle as en effort to be environmentally sustainable. The fries are also cooked in 100% Bertoli olive oil, I witnessed this myself!
The burger is so well priced which is what intrigued me most about Elevation burger. The Elevation burger(double meat, double cheese-real cheddar) is $6.35, add an order of fries to that $2.59. The cost of this healthy burger and fries, is under $10.00 for New York City, that is pretty impressive. This is cheaper than the equivalent at most fast food chains that don’t use fresh ingredients, no less organic beef, and olive oil. And I didn’t even get to the taste of the burgers yet. The burgers are highly customizable if you wish, which includes things like skipping the bun with a lettuce wrap. I tried a simple cheeseburger and boy was it fresh. You can really taste the difference in the meat due to the fact that it is grass-fed, it is also better for you higher amounts of Omega-3′s. The French fries are hard to explain how tasty they are, because of the olive oil, they have a very rich taste. They are not even a little bit greasy, as they are patted down before serving. In addition to all of this, they are freshly made in-front of you, you can see a worker take a potato and make French fries out of them while you pay for your meal.
The restaurant itself has a very bright potential and success with this kind of service and quality food. They use many environmentally efficient items including the electric griddle, other high efficiency appliances, LED and fluorescent lights, and bamboo flooring. I highly enjoyed my interview with Elevation Burger and my experience, I highly recommend you visit it! I hope to be back soon for another burger!
103 W 14th St
(between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
What could be better than the two necessities of New York City? Well this is just that! iPhones and Burgers two things that I for one cannot live without. So what better than a Pat LaFrieda iPhone app coming soon?
As per a little teasing advertisement in Viaggio: a magazine by Mario Batali. The ad was in the most recent issue of the magazine, which is currently only available in any of Mario Batali’s restaurants or Eataly not yet available for digital downloads. What would this app do? An app to place an order for restaurants? Possibly an App with a directory of restaurants serving burgers? A guide to cuts? Perhaps videos on cooking the best burgers? Who knows! But we will simply have to wait to find out… This is pretty exciting and I will just have to keep my eyes open on the App Store.
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A new Burger place showed up on my SeamlessWeb account. BurgerZone has been a spot that I have often passed by while walking around in the neighborhood (UES). I kept forgetting about this place until it appeared in my SeamlessWeb page. So one late night after class I decided to give it a shot. At first Sarah and I didn’t realize why the burgers did not have any cheese options. Until I realized this is a kosher restaurant and as by jewish law, the mixture of meat and cheese is forbidden. Also keep in mind in order for meat to be kosher, it must be slaughtered and butchered following jewish law. This includes removing all Blood, which is also forbidden to eat by jewish law. These processes often disrupt the normal taste of a hamburger.
If you are interested in having a Kosher Cheeseburger, head to Talia’s Steakhouse, also on the Upper East Side, they offer a Soy/Tofu cheese option, which has stirred up some controversy in the Kosher community.
Burger: Not too bad, it was definitely cooked Well done. Definitely no blood or tasty juices, the burgers do however come with a dressing of choice and toppings that help disguise the plain burger.
Fries: I wouldn’t say that they were bad, but they were certainly not the best fries I have ever had. They were average.
I would say that BurgerZone is an average place, If I was eating only kosher food it would probably be exceptional, but since I am not I would suggest heading down the street to Shake Shack or Ottomanelli Bros. for a real hamburger.
In an effort to keep my palate eclectic and keep my appreciate for burgers, I had a Dill Salmon burger tonight. The salmon burgers I cooked tonight were from Whole Foods (Union Square). I pan fried them, placed them on sesame buns, with sliced avocado. Cooking a salmon burger is a different process than cooking a regular hamburger as the salmon is so lean it doesn’t cook the same way. The burger barely sizzles, nothing comes out of the burger, cooking it is more like heating it than cooking it. They burger doesn’t quite taste the same, it makes you ready to eat a burger but right as you take a bite it deceives you. The lean to fat ratio is just non existent.
So I pose the questions…. Is a Salmon Burger a real hamburger? Do you eat a salmon burger as a Hamburger replacement? What other hamburger variations do you enjoy?
After a long day of work, both Sarah and I headed to shake shack. Forgetting to defrost any food to cook for dinner and being pretty tired we headed to the upper east side location. Closely located near the 4/5/6 train @ 86th street.
The experience this time was great! The past few times at UES I was a bit disappointed. I kept stating that UES needs to Learn from the original Madison Sq Park. However this time it hit the spot. I normally order the double shack with lettuce, onion and tomato. Medium is the standard on all burgers from shack shack.
Seats- Although they have outdoor seating, it still is winter. I want to be eating at a normal temperature. I do wish this location had more seats. If not more seats add outdoor heaters! It took about 5 minutes to find a seat.
The wait- this time it certainly took much longer to get our order. I don’t mind waiting if it’s worth the taste. We also don’t order much (2 burgers and 2 fries).
The burger- both rated by me and Sarah as perfectly cooked, and seasoned.
The fries- normally this location I have been disappointed. This time the fries were perfectly crunchy and not cold.
We will be back Shake Shack UES.