Before I get to any and all burger reviews I’d like to take a moment to talk about Philly Cow Share. If you’ve never heard of it, their website describes the cow share as “a way for individual customers to buy high quality, local, grass-fed beef in bulk by splitting the purchase of a cow with other people”. Last summer one of my friends participated in a cow share and I tried one of their burgers! I remember the beef tasting very fresh and delicious. Something about the environmentally responsible way in which this meat is produced helps the taste. I know it’s probably psychosomatic but the meat seems to taste cleaner. If you like supporting local businesses, meat and knowing more about what you’re eating I would take a good hard look at philly cow share. You might need a separate freezer though!
Ok.. on to the reviews. Les had the burger at 44 & Xin NYC! It’s important to have a list of burgers to try in every city, I always say. I’ve been dying to try the Spotted Pig burger in NYC. One sweet day, I’m going to have you for my dinner. Ok, back to 44 & X, Les says
“The burger at 44 & X (10th Ave @ 44th): very nice patty (juicy, flavorful, cooked to my requested temp), cheddar, charred onion, tomato, lettuce, on an English muffin (a nice touch – so many buns are substandard and detract from the burger), w/okay shoestring fries!”
Ok ok ok, he wasn’t too impressed with the fries but the burger sounds great!
Next on the list is the NEW burger from Supper! I have wanted to try this burger since it came out (in January 2012 I believe). Their old burger has always been a favorite of mine. Whenever someone asks me what my top burgers in philly are Supper is always on the top of the list. I was a bit surprised when I went to try the new burger that the old one was no longer offered. I was actually dumbfounded. At the very least I was expecting the new burger to have a new name “the NEW supper burger” or “NOT the old supper burger” would have been appropriate for me at that time. I was a little worried for a moment that I had been hallucinating and they didn’t have a new burger at all. They did. While doing my research I was able to turn up the old burger description,
½ lb supper burger (as listed on their Fall 2011 menu) – 80/20 brisket ground in house, daily. Neuske’s bacon, gruyere, caramelized onions, heirloom tomato jam & duck fat fried potatoes $14.
The supper burger today is a 10-ounce dry-aged custom La Frieda Blend burger on brioche bun crisp country ham, cheddar, overnight tomatoes, caramelized onions, house pickles $19.
To sum it up, @SupperPhilly replied to my inquiry as to what the difference was with “Old burger, 8 oz not 10, ground in house not lafrieda not blended not dry aged. No bacon mornay, gruyere instead of cheddar bacon instead of country ham”.
One of the first things I noticed as a difference between the new and the old was the price. $19 for a burger? Getoutofhere. The old burger was pricy at $14. I don’t know about this. I know it’s only $5 more but it’s like saying “This burger is no longer for the common person” – though maybe it never was. If I’m going to pay $19 for a burger I might as well get one of your other options. I always appreciate a burger on the menu at a fancier restaurant so I have a cheaper option at a place that I might not otherwise be able to afford. But you know me TOO WELL at this point, Supper.. you had me at “LaFrieda”. Of course I’m getting the burger.
The burger here is truly amazing. It’s one of those skyscraper burgers, the kind that you look at and think to yourself “where do I begin?” and understand that you’re going to embarrass yourself a little when you try to open your mouth big enough to take a bite. The meat is perfect. The toppings are amazing too. Many people at the table appreciated the ham as opposed to bacon – you don’t see that often. I love the duck fat fries and the house made sauces. The details associated with this burger and presentation is what might actually be worth the hefty price. Please read what my dining company, the girls of two eat philly, had to say about the burger.
Next on the agenda is something that might make you a little uncomfortable. In the spirit of World Vegetarian Week (May 19 to 26) I’d like to share a recipe for one of my favorite vegetarian dishes – black bean burgers! I basically follow this recipe with a few additions. The only thing I really do differently is that I let the burger mix sit in the fridge for at least a half hour to set up. I also add a little parmesan cheese to the mix to try to help it hold together better.
1/2 medium yellow onion,
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I probably use a whole cup of bread crumbs, a mix of Panko and regular)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I didn’t measure, it was probably around a 1/4 cup)
Few dashes of hot sauce
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-low heat.
In a food processor, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped. Add 1 can black beans, cilantro, egg, and red pepper flakes and pulse to combine.
Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining can of black beans, hot sauce, parmesan and the bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix until well combined.
Let sit in fridge for 20 minutes or so.
Divide remaining mixture into 4 portions and form into patties. Place on hot oiled grill over medium-low heat and cook about 6 minutes a side or until heated through. Toast hamburger buns on a grill. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun. Top with lettuce, tomato and ketchup. Cover the burgers with the top of the bun and serve.
Boom, there you have it. The best black bean burgers you’ll ever have!
Right before I finished my post today Alyssa submitted her review of XIX Nineteen!
“XIX Nineteen is probably one of the best places to eat outside in Philadelphia. The ambiance is incredible as you are overlooking Center City west from nineteen stories up in the Bellevue hotel. I ordered the Meyer National Angus Burger. It was definitely in the top fifteen burgers I have ever had category. It’s not my ultimate favorite, but it is up there. The bun is amazing- a brioche bun that was the perfect size and that had a buttery taste. The burger was cooked a perfect medium rare, as requested. At first I did not think it was hot enough, but then I considered the fact that if it was any hotter, it would not have been medium rare. So they obviously do a great job cooking their burgers and carefully watch the temperature. The toppings were also perfect- a white cheddar cheese (although it was mild, not quite sharp enough for my taste), a generous serving of what I would consider very fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and a side of thick pickle slices, onion jam, horseradish sauce, and ketchup. I don’t like horseradish, but I put all of the other toppings on my burger. The onion jam was unique, and the sweetness complemented the burger nicely. The burger also came with thin cut fries, which were pretty good. I would definitely recommend the burger and would go back and eat it again. But I swear, eating outside overlooking the city probably made it taste even more amazing.”
Thanks for the tip! Philadelphians LOVE eating outside! Thanks for reading along today – it was quite a long post! Make sure you stay tuned on the Facebook page! Also don’t miss our burger club meeting next week at Frankford Hall! Can’t wait!!!