Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Where's Your Burger Heaven?

Reading my (middle hip)sister's blog, I was taken back to one of the best burgers you can buy! So with that in mind I am reposting (with a little editing) from back in '06, but the question still remains:

Which is your favourite burger?

Ahhhh... (insert a big happy face gazing off into the sunset).

Cheeseburgers! Back in the day Gramma was appalled at the fact that "out west" we put cheese on our burgers, her "hamburg" left the cheddar for the apple pie. But for me, well you just have to have cheese on a burger, add a chocolate malt (not shake), and some thin sliced onion rings and -ah-ooohm dawgie I'ma happy girl! Here for you to sample are my top four:

I bring you In-N-Out. If you live in SOCal this is a pretty good chain burger. Always fresh (never frozen) beef, hand leafed lettuce and fresh cut potatoes for fries, In-N-Out is consistently good. They also have shakes and a "secret menu" that's not so secret, but never printed. Number four in my ranking.


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Originally uploaded by S'mee.

Next on my favorites list would be Cheeseburger Waikiki. Number three brings us to inspired culinary genius... 2 chicks from SOCal who bummed money from a rich uncle, moved to paradise and found out they left all the good burgers on the mainland. What to do? Bum some more money and make your own. Now the girls are grown women who own a chain of "Cheeseburger" restaurants in places all over the U.S. (according to the menu, saving cities everywhere from lousy burgers). This burger, besides being in Waikiki, is pretty good for it's juicy yummyness (yes, that is a word). Hot, fresh, juicy, a great combination on the sauce, served with onion rings -which were terrific, although I prefer a thinner slice, and also a fresh piece of pineapple. Yum.

T.G.I. Friday's Gas Lamp District, San Diego, CA. is next on my list. Why oh WHY can not the other TGIFridays get it the same way? Who knows, but this fresh ground sirloin is amazingly good. Hot, juicy, and large enough for two is very tasty and ranks in second on my burger hit parade. Thor and I actually make sabbaticals down to SD just to eat this beauty a couple times a year. This is a burger where the meat is the true star. It is served sans condiments, lettuce, onion, and tomato only. Admittedly I always ask for a little mayo and ketchup, not usually offered on the burger, but the meat is SO good, who cares if the secret sauce is lacking and you need to make your own?


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Originally uploaded by S'mee.


Here we are at number one in my book: Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Kailua, Oahu. Trust me it is worth the plane fare and the wait. They actually have signs up telling you to just chill and relax, they are hand making your burger and when it is ready.... oh momma! This is my burger. It was so hot, juicy, tasty and I am not sure exactly what was in the sauce, but it was perfection in combination to the ground beef. I needed several napkins, and wanted another burger one as soon as I finished the first, I just couldn't have eaten it! This baby is huge and wonderful and you want to dance barefoot in the basket as you sing the praises of burgerdom! YumboColumbo this is paradise! Served with fries or onion rings - also terrific and a superb shake or malt! (Ya really wanna know how good this burger was? um, I ate half of it before I remembered to take a photo of it!)

O.k. Now it's your turn. Where is your favorite burger joint? Why is it good and tell us all the gory details! This is your bragging time, let the games begin!

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15 comments:

chronicler said...

I always thought In-n-Out had the best. Until, that is, I went to Virginia last year. We went to a place called Five Guys. Wow. Great burgers. They are handmade on the spot. They are excellent. Oh and then there is also Big Juds in Idaho. If you are in either of these states, you must try them out!

S'mee said...

Thanks Sis, good to know! Pretty soon we'll have a road trip cheeseburger guide!

Adán said...

I don't actually remember the name now, but there is a "chain" of burger joints in northern Sinaloa (Mex.) that is awesome. Not just burgers, they sale everything from tacos to deep fried quail (delicious). Their signature burger is the avestruz (Ostrich). I remember sitting on the porch, or sometimes the roof, in Guamuchil, sipping a soda in the sweltering heat of 10 pm and enjoying a nice ostrich burger. Priceless.

middlehipsister said...

It's Mighty Fine Burgers for me, for now, but what was that place in Hemet called? Chris' Juicy Burger...that was a good one too! I think we need to do some R and D and write a book together, traveling the world searching for the very best hamburg...We can start in Hawaii...

Rynell said...

OH! Now I am really craving a burger.....

I like so many. I like Fudruckers a lot and I also favor a home grilled burger with munster cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado. OH yum. I think I know what to eat for dinner tonight!

chronicler said...

10 pm eating a burger on your mission???!!! Someone wasn't following the rules. hmmmm.

S'mee said...

Adan... try Ask or google and see if you can track the place down, that's how I remembered the name of Teddy's. inquiring minds and all. Oh and there you...giving the in laws ammo! Dude, change up the story next time! lol

MHS, Yup, you've got me wanting something Mighty Fine after that post! And yeah, great idea on the book!

Rynell there are times I wish you lived next door...yum!

O.k. Sis! That's the perfect nail to the son in law! FaaaaaaWAP! hehe!

S'mee said...

Oh yeah, I forgot....

CHRIS" JUICY BURGER!

may you digest in peace!

(shedding small tears)

Lisa M. said...

I loved this post!

I will have to blog about mine and take a picture.

I am so ... one for a good cheeseburger.

S'mee said...

Caaaaaaan't wait Lisa! Last time we did this post you had a couple of great places in Utar!

chronicler said...

Chris' is no longer or it would have been my number one! It is now a taco/hamburger place and not even close to the same as it ever was.

Adán said...

Um, yeah. Mission rules are home by 9:30, Bed by 10:30. And since that house was a freakin' OVEN, we would usually sleep up on the roof anyways, so we were already "in bed". But nice try, maybe next time. ;)

chronicler said...

hehehehehehe you are so clever. Eating in bed though???

I love the idea of a "Search for the best burger" book and road trip! Even if it were several road trips!

The Pea said...

I know I am late but I will put my grease in the pot anyway.

I LOVE the california bacon cheeseburger at Red Robin. It is seriously covered in avacado, bacon cheese and everything else that make a burger great.

S'mee said...

Adan, Sis, I guess it's a truce...for now. hehe.

Pea, that sounds pretty good, I'll have to try it. They're building a RR about five miles from us! : > I like their virgin chocolate cow! It used to be on the menu, ow you have to ask for it. Like a choc shake with a tiny bit of coconut! yum!