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When you're called the best burger in the country, those are some pretty big shoes to fill.

When you're called the best burger in the world by the London Observer, those are gold-laced sneakers of Shaquille O'Neal proportions.

Memorial Day weekend is practically the opening ceremony of the summer grilling Olympics, and this year, it's time to go for gold with your own personal burger trainer.

Joey Campanaro is the chef and owner of the Little Owl in New York City - he's also the man behind the meaty masterpiece that is purportedly the world's best burger.

The Little Owl's Bacon Cheeseburger
Courtesy Joey Campanaro
Serves 4


  • 1 pound ground beef brisket
  • 1 pound ground short rib
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 8 slices precooked bacon
  • 4 homemade buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Purple onion, sliced
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup (suggested brand: Sir Kensington's)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons madras curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix curry powder, cayenne, 1/2 tablespoon cracked black pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt until combined; set aside.
  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix brisket and short rib until blended; season with salt and pepper. Separate into four balls and flatten into 3/4-inch thick patties. Season both sides of each patty with spice mixture.
  4. Place patties on hot grill or grill pan, cooking for approximately three minutes per side for medium-rare, four minutes per side for medium; top burgers with 2 slices bacon and cover with cheese during the last minute of cooking. Grill buns, turning over once with tongs, until toasted. Cover the burger with the top bun.
  5. Layer bottom bun with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and red onion before adding the burger and top bun from the grill. Serve immediately.
  6. Serve ketchup and extra pickles on the side for those who want it.

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  1. LOL

    Looks like a damn good burger to me despite all you food snobs that supposedly make better at home.. Suuuuuure ya do.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  2. Dover

    Pizza dough for a burger bun is the biggest fail in this article.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  3. Hamburger Savage

    And while I'm at it . . . nobody but an hamburger novice would serve a 1/2-pound patty in a burger. If you want a 1/2 pound of meat, you cook two 1/4 patties. Why? Because hamburgers are supposed to be served medium well. Not because of e-coli - although that's something to be concerned about when you don't know where the meat has come from or how old it is - but because that's how you serve a classic American hamburger.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • LOL

      It's hilarious how many of you seem to think your opinion is the only valid choice.. Look up the word preference in the dictionary...

      May 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • Hamburger Savage

        You're entitled to your preferences, of course. Everyone is. But following those preferences doesn't necessarily lead you to the "world's best burger," as the title of this article claims.

        No one would seriously claim that a turkey burger is the world's best burger, but you are entitled to eating them . . . if it's your preference.

        May 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • BestBurgeraround

      Medium well? Yuck! If it's top quality (dry aged beef), I get it Medium rare, the only way. Bunch of novices here.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  4. Patiat

    What the %&#$ is this frou frou ketchup crap? We're Americans, and this is MEMORIAL DAY. Keep the silly upscale produce placements out of the recipes.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      We dig it because it tastes great & doesn't have high fructose corn syrup. It's not about fanciness – it's just delicious (and nope – no one paid us to put it there.)

      May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  5. Hamburger Savage

    Hand-grinding meats (not together!!! of course!!!, not until the *second* grinding . . . duh!), hand-made pizza-dough buns with just the exactly precise consistency to keep them from soaking up hamburger juices, Sir Kensington's catsup? This may not be the world's *best* burger. But it sure sounds like the world's most uber-finicky burger.

    I get impatient with "chefs" up-selling the classic American menu to the American public. Don't you?

    May 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  6. closetiguana

    I'm happy to see there is a bit of a backlash with American cheese. Here in Vancouver BC, we never get to see American cheese, so I've always felt that I'm been missing out on something.

    May 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      You are not missing anything. It has less taste than the worst cheap mild cheddar. It has a terrible over processed texture making it unfit for anything but melting. This is not to say you cannot get good cheese in the US. You just have to go to specially shops or a state like Vermont where they really know how to make a cheddar. When I worked in NYC I always bought my cheese from the Amish who had a booth at the World Trade Centre's farmers market or went to cheese shops on 9 Ave between 33 and 42 to get imports including Canadian Cheddar.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  7. Indyman

    "The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function. The research, conducted by French scientists, which is published in this month's Neurology journal, involved men and women aged between 32 and 62 taking four mental ability tests that were then repeated five years later."

    May 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  8. Bob

    I'll take a regular mustard Sonic burger anyday.. ;)

    May 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  9. dwt

    I suspect that the cayenne was supposed to be 1.5 teaspoons and not 1.5 tablespoons. True, cayenne powder comes in different heat grades, but 1.5 tablespoons for two pounds of meant is hell-hot.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  10. Jefferson

    This recipe borders on the irresponsible, if you consider that most folks are NOT going to hand-grind choice cuts of beef for their holiday barbecue before they serve it up medium rare. They're going to get their meat at a local grocery chain where the pre-ground beef(?) comes from God-knows-where.

    As for what goes in it and on it to make it so great, no offense to the British, but I'll not be taking my advice from them. They seem to go totally gaga for anything seasoned with loads of curry. The best burger in the world is the one made YOUR way, not to the dictates of some pointy-headed chefs.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Pooper Cooper

    Everybody's got their idea about what's best, but gotta say, that's a damn fine lookin' burger. Like the idea of melting cheese on top of the bacon to keep it in place. Pass me one!

    May 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  12. Steve

    As soon as American cheese was mentioned I call Bull Sh@t. No way.....

    May 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  13. lorne

    El Cap in St. Pete, Fl makes the best burgers in the world.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  14. abu garcia

    So what kind of homemade buns are these? There is no recipe? Everybody knows that buns make the burger. Care to share that recipe? This is a very poorly written article.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  15. goss

    Btw...Burgers are only good on a charcoal grill. You can have your fancy gas grills.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  16. Terre

    4 people, that means a half pound of meat, I thought we had an obesity problem in this country? How about 6 people?

    May 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  17. fjawodfc

    Bacon and onions are nasty.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  18. Bob Sadler

    Did anyone check out for their version of a hamburger? Mmmmm... Smells Good!

    May 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  19. Lee Cherry

    Of course its the world's best burger. Anything with the worlds worse meat-PORK on it make it "best"

    May 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  20. Jeff in Illinois

    Hamburgers do NOT have pork on them. Bacon on a burger is one of the most disgusting things ever.
    I'm not as picky about the type of cheese as some. If I have a choice, I prefer Longhorn Colby but American will do.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  21. db

    To each his own. Bonapatite'

    May 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  22. Denverite

    I'd add mayo and mustard, but leave off the ketchup. To all you american cheese haters, give it a shot on your next burger and I guarantee you'll like it, nothing melts better. I use to turn my nose up at it, but american cheese is my go to topping for burgers these days.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  23. Fred Barnett

    Tommy's Original @ Beverly & Ramparts L.A.. The Best. The center of the universe.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  24. NKP

    I asked a person "you are a christian and talk about compassion and love then why do you eat meat?". He said "Being christian is just a social thing.. we don't have any compassion.. we dont mind seeing animals suffer in their blood, they are meant to suffer that way..".. And he said it as if it was no big deal... I was shocked.. and still am.. we like to celebrate our holidays by making our bodies a graveyard for dead animals.. hmmm

    May 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Indyman

      I was once told by a Christian that "there are two kinds in the world, Christians and animals. If you're not a Christian you're an animal and we eat animals." So sad. There is a video on YouTube of a Catholic Bishop arguing with a Buddhist monk that animals don't have feelings and that's why it's okay to eat them.

      Albert Einstein once said, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

      May 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • brandons

        Finally, somebody talks some sense

        May 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
      • Jason

        It's strange to assume that a plant wants to die any more than an animal does. Next time you eat a piece of corn, I want you to think about the conditions it was raised in.

        Corn stalks are grown side by side, thousands or even millions clustered together in a field, with no consideration except a purely mercenary desire to extract the most amount of cornflesh from the least amount of soil. They are deliberately penned in, unable to sway and spread their leaves the way that corn plants were meant to live in the wild. Force fed the droppings of filthy animals, and covered in toxic pesticides, a typical corn plant may never know a single day of freedom in its life.

        When the day comes that their seed is ripe and ready to be planted, they are mercilessly chopped down, massacred by machines custom built to murder helpless corn, and gather its offspring to be consumed. In some cases the corn may die quickly, but in others, it may linger for hours or even days before finally succumbing to these horrible injuries. Soon the corpses of the unborn corn are sifted from the "chaff" (this is what heartless farmers call the parts of the corn that cannot be sold), and eventually they will be plucked, and probably ground up, their flesh used as the basis for all sorts of ghoulish delicacies, such as bread and breakfast cereal.

        I think that if more people understood the brutal conditions that grain and other plants are bred and slaughtered, all so that they can enjoy a tasty meal or beverage, they wouldn't be so eager to consume them. Think about that the next time you're chomping down on the spinal column of a poor celery plant, or noshing on a soy taco. How many unborn soybean and corn plants had to be sacrificed for your transient pleasure?

        May 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Jason

      Humans have teeth whose entire purpose is to rend and tear animal flesh. If you believe that God created humans by design, then you must believe that God intended for humans to eat other, lesser animals.

      I'm not sure where you get the idea that Christians wouldn't eat meat. Jesus supposedly fed an entire multitude with loaves and fishes. Last time I checked, a fish isn't a vegetable.

      I'm sure there are Christians who don't eat meat because it bothers their conscience, but there's nothing within the religion itself to suggest that's a correct or preferable way to live.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        Most of us do not have canines up to tearing apart raw animal flesh. Indeed, few even have noticeable canines on the bottom. The molars, you know the big flat ones in the back! are for grinding vegetable matter. Most other primates are vegetarians though some will eat bugs and eggs and whatever they can catch. We are omnivores and that does not mean we are meant to eat our own weight in meat every week. Too much meat can lead to cancer of the colon, gout, heart disease, strokes... It is a matter of degree. Properly done, a vegetarian diet is much healthier than the high animal protein diet most in the West indulge in. The outcome on our food and the planet from the overconsumption of animal flesh is extensive. However, even limiting meat to small amounts a few times a week would vastly improve the health of the nations and get rid of the need to factory farm sentient beings. It is also cheaper to produce vegetable protein on the land than growing the same thing to feed to cows but in much greater quantity to what would be fed to humans.

        Do you have any idea of the amount of methane that blossoms out of a cow from both ends due to their many stomaches processing cellulose?

        May 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • Jason

        CalgarySandy: I'm not saying that eating nothing but meat is a healthy way to live. Just pointing out that it's irrational to think that Christians should be somehow averse to eating meat.

        I think that common sense dictates that as omnivores, we'll be healthiest eating a variety of different things, and since plant flesh is more abundant in nature than animal flesh, we're probably evolved (or created, if you're religious) to be healthiest eating more plant than animal flesh.

        The healthiest people I've known in my life are those who live their lives with balance and discipline. Too much of anything isn't good for you. Even too much exercise can cause you problems, so I have an easy time believing that too much meat could be unhealthy too. That said, I'm not about to stop eating meat, because it tastes good, has nutritional value, and frankly, it's something we were evolved or created to do.

        May 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • Indyman

        Jason, first of all, there is no God, no Santa Claus, Jesus never existed (there is no proof of his existence, never was) and with regards to your attempt to equate an ear of corn to a pig or a cow, nice try; but very sad.

        Vegetarians don't kill plants. When you eat a potato or corncob or pea the plant still lives on, you just eat the product they produce, which they want you to eat anyways, so that they can propagate.

        Moreover, one of the concepts of the vegetarian lifestyle is that we as humans are of a higher intelligence, wisdom, and conscience so that we can create other means of finding nutrition and not make animals suffer. As we evolve as humans we become more enlightened and understand this. A non-human animal, although a sentient being (a plant is not a sentient being), does not have the capacity to make the kinds of choices humans can. This is a very big difference between humans and other animals. We may be, as humans, in the beginning of a very important transition point in existence when we should be moving away from eating other animals to eating plant based food. This transition may take centuries. As Einstein said, "Nothing will benefit human health and survival of life on earth so much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

        May 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Anonymous...

      I am Christian; I would go veggie but I grew up eating meat and I've tried but I just can't give it up... Others just don't think about what they're eating, if you don't think about it you care less. I probably sound ignorant, but like I said, I don't think about this so I am (somewhat) ignorant in this area.

      May 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  25. John

    Ok, I have one problem with this article. Because it would make a whole lot more sense if it went like this...

    When you're called the fish n chips in the country, those are some pretty big shoes to fill.

    When you're called the best fish n chips in the world by the London Observer, those are gold-laced sneakers of Shaquille O'Neal proportions.

    Hamburgers are an AMERICAN FOOD. London Observer....declaring world's greatest hamburger...seriously? sigh

    May 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  26. scott jacobs

    the key thing here is we are letting a newspaper from England tel us which iconic american food is the best. grade your own crappy damn food. anybody for some kidney pie?

    May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  27. erik

    American cheese? Really?! :(

    May 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  28. Earthling

    Not for nothing, but shouldn't that say "Meet" the world's best burger?

    And I'm pretty much on board with the mooseburger guy. Moose meat has not been force-grown with BGH and all kinds of other chemical crap, and they live in the woods right out back. One moose makes a heluva lot of burgers.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  29. Evilbyte

    Meat ...get it? They used it instead of "meet".

    May 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  30. yauup

    The best burger in the world would not have American singles, it would be blue cheese. It would also have mustard not ketchup.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  31. BigBoyBC

    The best burger is the one you make yourself with what you like on it. Not one some chef says is the best.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • frost80

      agree..., although, I'd like to try these spices

      May 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  32. WildBill

    "So it doesn't taste like fuel?" I guess all NewYorkers are attitude-filled retards. You CAN"T taste the 'fuel' if it's LP gas. I guess he must have grown up eating hamburgers grilled over a gasoline-fired grill.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  33. AJ

    Yikes – who eats this? It's a disaster to the body and to the environment. No wonder obesity is rampant in this country and incidents of cancer and other related diseases are on the rise. Stay away – adopt a more vegetarian diet – even the doctors are recommending this now.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • John Holmes

      I can't go Vegan,it gives me erectile Dysfunction.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        Erectile Dysfunction is probably a good thing for you. Less chance of passing on your genes.

        May 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Indyman

      AJ, I totally agree. Most Americans, due to their lack of interest in facts or education, aren't even aware what they should be consuming. I've asked people how many calories they think they should be consuming in one day and more than 50% don't have a clue. They said, "I'm watching my carbs." So I ask them, "How many carbs are you allowed each day? How many good carbs and how many bad carbs?" Again, they haven't a clue. I've been told by people who are obviously over 30 pounds overweight that they think they only need to lose 10 pounds. Well, 10 is a good start, I suppose. This would not be such an issue if Americans were not facing an epidemic of obesity that is costing us billions every year in health care. It's totally preventable. FACT: Americans are 65% FAT, and 35% OBESE. I've seen it at the malls, at the parks, everywhere and it's not only embarrassing when I'm entertaining guests from Europe and Asian, but it's becoming really sickening. True story: I was in China two years ago. I was with a group of Chinese touring a location for business. Across the room walks in a group of about 7 or 8 enormous people, all caucasian. I cringe; I just know they're Americans. My group begins to laugh and remark in Chinese. I ask my interpreter what the laughter was about. He says to me, "They said, look, it's the Americans. We think of Americans as the fat people of the world." To say I was embarrassed is an understatement. What a joke we've become all because we want to eat EVERYTHING!

      May 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
      • Don't be a bigot!

        @ Indyman Although your statement sounds well thought out and factual, it contains a lot of sudo-intellectual bigotry. Although America is showing the signs faster than other cultures, our evolving environment has as much to due with our "obesity" problem as dose the food we eat. Watching you calories and quantity means nothing if you spend your time in front of a computer, ipad or video game. I would suggest you learn to deal with your bigotry towards the obese, as you are now, you're part of the problem.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Indyman

        @DBAB: I'm a bigot because I state the facts? 65% of Americans are fat, 35% are obese; I said it again. Am I a bigot? Our sedentary lifestyle has attributed to our obesity in America, that is true. We must compensate with more activity. This is how we achieve that balance. None of my facts are pseudo-science. They're very real. There is no bigotry here, just a real concern for our country as the laughing stock of the world. No one is born fat, they make themselves this way by EATING TOO MANY CALORIES than their body needs. There is nothing bigoted about this fact. I have no bigotry to deal with, instead I think that fat people should deal with their fat problem by consuming less calories and being more active. I don't care if they work in front of a computer all day, that's no excuse. Join a gym, ride a bike, walk around the neighborhood, walk to the store, get an exercycle for your home, do SOMETHING, and stop eating more calories than your body needs.

        A few years ago there was a news story of a Doctor who was admonished by his medical group because he said to one of his patients that she was too "fat." Yep, he used the word "fat." This woman complained that he insulted her. The woman was 65 pounds overweight. That's fat. The medical group then issued a statement that the word "fat" was not to be used, instead they should say "overweight." At what point does 65 pounds overweight become fat? This is so absurd. The comments about this doctor were similar to the comments on my post, that this doctor was a "bigot" because he used the word "fat" to this woman. A bigot? Really.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Indyman

        @DBAB: By the way, please point out the "psuedo" facts of my post. I'll state it again, Americans are 65% fat and 35% obese. What facts are you referring to as "pseudo?" (That is the correct spelling for sudo.)

        May 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • Don't be a bigot!

        Yeah, I misspelled a word, so what, I couldn't go back and fix it. But, the attitude you display is still bigoted. No matter how you try to distract people with quoting so-called facts you got off some wiki, your attitude towards the obese is still bigoted.
        In fact, many of your comments on the site show signs severe bigotry. You need to accept your bigotry and learn to overcome it. Or are you just a hate mongering troll?

        May 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • Indyman

        Dont' Be A Bigot: Your low self esteem brought about by your inability to cease feeding yourself has left you resentful and bitter. You are compelled to find bigotry against fat people in my comments. There is none. Nothing. You have invented it. Your approach, instead of actually losing weight, is to shoot the messenger. There is nothing hateful or bigoted about my comments. They are real and they are honest. I never said I "hate" obese people. I never said anything disrespectful about fat people. When a person is 40 pounds overweight, they are fat. I understand in today's oversensitive society we can no longer say fat, we must say overweight or big-boned. That's a lie. I've nothing to "work" on except getting the word out: Being fat is extremely unhealthy. I have family members who are obese and struggle with their diabetes, heart condition, and various ailments constantly, and yet continue to load up at Costco and Wal-Mart, denying the connection to their over-eating. It is sickening, disgusting, and costing American taxpayers billions of dollars a year in so many ways. Truth is, there is nothing "happy" about being fat. Fat parents embarrass their children, fat people are dismissed as lazy, fat people usually earn less on the average than non-fat people, and fat people suffer from depression and anxiety much more than non-fat people. These are FACTS. You can have your own opinion, but you cannot have your own FACTS. There is nothing good about being fat. Fat people are suffering everyday. It's time we encourage those around us who are fat to stay away from food like this and take care of their health. This is to the benefit of their health, their families, and the American taxpayer.

        May 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • Indyman

      @John Holmes, you should see your urologist about your ED. Your wife or male lover are probably very frustrated. Did you know that fat people (overweight for the PC) are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction? Not only that, when one's belly is so large, it's difficult to have relations with your male or female lover. I would recommend staying away from these kinds of meals, reducing your calorie intake, and start becoming active, maybe ride a bike or join a gym. It must be very lonely not being able to have relationships. Good luck to you.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • John Holmes@Indyman

        Here is 12 inches of tube steak,smothered in underwear with cream gravy just for you. Enjoy.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • Indyman

        Sorry, Mr Holmes. I'm not gay. Not that there's anything wrong with it. But I'm married to a woman. If you could reduce to a reasonable size maybe you could see your 12 inches from your perspective and start looking for a nice man for yourself. You seem very anxious to get out there and start dating again. That's good. It may be the impetus you need to lose that huge belly of yours. It makes it easier on your lover. But don't just fall for any man, make sure he's got a good job and nice family. Good luck to you!

        May 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • eater

      its all about moderation people....ill never go vegetarian becasue i love meat and i dont wanna live longer if im not happy.....but i stay healthy by not gorgeing myself to death everytime i sit at a table....

      May 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Indyman

        @Eater, none of my posts have been advocating a veg diet, either vegan or vegetarian. I don't advocate anything more than people eating sensibly. That's all it takes to reduce one's weight and live a healthy life. Fat is not attractive any way you look at it. It's all about normal portions and the calorie intake we are supposed adhere to. Eat whatever you like, just know when to stop. I understand why people are so threatened by this rational advice; because they would rather everyone be fat (the remaining 35% of Americans who are normal weight) so we can all look the same. And at this rate, it looks like this may happen in two or three decades. Good lord, that would be very sad.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  34. Daryl W Parks

    That is not even a hamburger. It is a ground beef sandwich.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  35. Fiona

    American cheese...yeah, right.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  36. Indyman

    Here's some news for you that you may not understand, appreciate, or believe – but it's true: When people become too fat their critical thinking skills lessen. This is true. They also are susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, joint ailments, stroke, and a host of other illness. When you drive in your car and your family weighs in at 100 – 150 pounds more than they should, imagine the extra gasoline you're burning carting this extra weight around; no imagine the extra effort you're putting on your body, your joints, our heart, your lungs, your feet. If your an average sized person you should not be consuming more than 2000 calories a day, a smaller woman about 1800. Most fast food meals are more than half of this amount in ONE MEAL! Every extra 3200 calories consumed and not burned through physical activity adds one pound of weight to your body. If a person consumes an extra 200 calories a day, in 365 days that equals 22 extra pounds. Do this for five years, and well, you get the picture. Is it any wonder why Americans are so fat?

    May 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  37. Indyman

    America! You are the BIG AZZ joke of the world! Because so many Americans DON'T travel outside of their immediate area, you don't understand this. The entire world thinks of us as big fat stupid slobs. This is the truth. 65% are overweight, this means FAT. Yep, FAT! 35% of Americans are obese, this means HUGE WHALES! George Carlin once said he is confounded at American's obsession with food. "How do the wipe their a$$es!" Go to Costco, Wal-Mart, look around. C'mon, America. What the F happened? In the last 30 years we have become fat and stupid. STOP EATING, YOU FAT PEOPLE!

    May 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • T-BONE

      Another F#$%ed up Vegan that throws out false facts to make them look good. STFU!!!

      May 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • brandons

        Yeah, what jerks vegans are, what with their social consciences and sacrifices for a better future! How dare they!

        May 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • goss

      Processed foods=Obesity

      May 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Indyman

      Hey, what are the false facts? State your rebuttal. Don't just curse at me. That's not very intelligent. My guess is that you're one of the 65% Fat people, which of course, we can't call fat because that would be politically incorrect, a term invented by people like you to call yourselves "overweight" or "big boned." Your fat or obese. That's it. What part of my statement is untrue?

      May 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Indyman

      @Goss: Yes, you're right. Processed foods to equal obesity. So does eating too much. Too many calories, unused, equals obesity. Most people don't include enough activity in their lives to be able to burn off the calories in one of the fat burgers. Even vegetarians can gain weight just by eating too many calories. I understand people don't want to look at themselves when their carrying an extra 50 pounds on their butts, but face facts, Americans are huge! This must be reversed lest we kill ourselves with food!

      May 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • goss

        Exactly. Burn more calories than you take in. It's all very simple and Americans refuse to see this. It's sad.

        May 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Jason

      Sorry, I couldn't read your comment. My monitor is covered in delicious bacon grease and Twinkie frosting.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Indyman

        Jason, you are a typical American. It's no wonder we are the fat joke of the world. Very sad. America will not be destroyed by outside forces, America will be ruined by food; slowly, gradually. Food will be the demise of America. I can only hope that more Asians are allowed into America, and in 3 or 4 generations they will take control of the ignorant that cannot stop eating and destroying themselves with food. Food is the new American drug..

        May 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • Jason

        Well, at least I'm capable of understanding sarcasm and irony on the internet, my friend. All those carrots might be good for your eyes, but they aren't doing much for your mind.

        May 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • Indyman

        Jason, if that's sarcasm and irony, then I'm superman. That's the sorriest attempt at sarcasm and irony I've encountered. One must have at least a semblance of understanding of the English language to successfully write sarcasm and irony. Nice try, but no carrot.

        May 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  38. Bob Enyeart Tucson Az

    Obviously never been to Tucson

    ZenBurger has got to make THE Best burger

    Grind a sirloin steak fresh for each order
    Bake own buns
    Make own ketchup and other condiments
    Fresh picked lettuce etc
    on and on and on...

    May 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  39. I love Marmite

    Did anyone notice that the English chose a burger that used "Sir" Kensington's ketchup?

    May 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Jason

      Sir Kensington's, and Curry. This burger is definitely made to an English person's taste. Not to say that it's not great (I haven't had it) but it probably wouldn't rate as the best burger to most Americans.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  40. Steve C

    The burgers in this article aren't anywhere close being to the best as any experienced griller could tell just by looking at them, the reason: they are way too neat and pretty and any experienced griller knows that the UGLY, RAGGED, LESS FORMED burgers ALWAYS TASTE THE BEST as it gives the smoke & grill flavors plenty of places to hang-on to the meat. If you don't believe it try it, you'll never spend more that 3 seconds forming the patties again and remember when it comes to burgers pretty is never better!!! And another little tip, break-up the meat on a large plate and then spice it before forming the patties and just fold the spices into the meat 4 or 5 times and avoid overworking the meat as this can make it chewy. I think burgers are a lot better by doing this instead of the age-old tradition of burning the spices on the outside. And the one thing that makes an "OUT OF THIS WORLD BURGER" is grind the meat yourself, WOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE when I started doing this 15yrs ago. I know not everyone will want to take on the grinding part, so make your Butcher grind it fresh for you. But please don't take it home and put it in the fridge for a day or two as that defeats the purpose of getting it ground fresh. Follow the 3 tips and get ready for the BEST BURGER YOU EVER ATE and right in your own backyard and ENJOY SOME GOOD EATS!!! OH and you'll be the envy of all of your friends, GUARANTEED.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • brandons

      Too many caps, not enough paragraphs. I can't read this!

      May 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  41. Chris

    Ah, where the heck is the Green Chili?!? Impossible to have a best burger without it. Heathens

    May 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  42. Bill

    Hwy 105 Grocery in Navasota, Texas has best burger in the world. PERIOD! (I've tried all the other burgers so know the facts).

    May 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Do they put Pecans on it too? :)))

      May 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  43. Deanna

    Stupid to be eating ground meat medium or medium rare. You are taking a huge risk with your life.

    May 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • brandons

      Eating meat at all is risky – it's all full of toxins, antibiotics, disease, not to mention the possibility of ingesting prions responsible for degenerative brain disease (mad cow disease, Cruetzfeld-Jakob, etc), which can lay dormant for decades before activating

      May 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  44. goss

    One pack of Lipton onion soup mix and 1-2 lbs of beef = Burger Heaven

    May 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  45. brandons

    Honestly, it is revolting that anyone would eat something like this

    You get your tasty little burger, and an animal has to die so that you can enjoy it. I prefer my meals without brutality and needless murder, thanks

    May 30, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Laura

      Chill out on the holier-than-thou stuff. By freaking out on people like this, you are not helping your agenda at all in the slightest bit, and perhaps may be hurting it.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • brandons

        When one develops an emotional understanding of the meaning of murdering other beings and then eating their corpses, it's hard to keep from become shocked and outraged

        May 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
      • Indyman

        "The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function. The research, conducted by French scientists, which is published in this month's Neurology journal, involved men and women aged between 32 and 62 taking four mental ability tests that were then repeated five years later." The Telegraph, UK

        May 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Jason

      Until we humans are capable of photosynthesis to sustain ourselves, something will need to die for us to live. Who are you to say that a carrot is any less worthy of living than a cow? Our teeth are made to rend and tear meat, our taste buds are made to sense the salt from an animal's blood, and our brains are made to crave the taste of flesh.

      If eating tofu makes you feel better about your self, then eat tofu. Eating bacon makes me feel good, so that's what I eat.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Jason

      P.S.– I only eat animals that have been forced to watch Jersey Shore on a loop for at least 2000 hours. For whatever reason, cruelty makes the meat taste better.

      May 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • brandons

      Actually, 4 out of 5 studies show that vegans and vegetarians are better than everybody else. So, I'm scientifically entitled to look down at you from my lofty tower of superiority, eating my seitan and sprouted grains burger with my forest friends frolicking about

      May 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  46. Patrick

    Burger, hot dog, fake Italian pizza, sugar and soda, the best of American cuisine!!! are "dog food" and a recipe for obesity... reason why 25 % or more of the US population is obese...!!! and one in five teenager is also obese, that’s 20% of the teenagers population, keep on feeding your kids “dog food”!!!instead of real food cooked at home…

    May 30, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Indyman

      Your numbers are way low. The latest figures on the American obesity epidemic are: 65% overweight and 35% obese. In the last decade this number increased, and at this rate they will be astounding if this continues. This is sick, America. Sick.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Indyman

      The figure for 2007 is 26.7%. However in only four years that figure has sky-rocketted to nearly 35% obesity rate in America. In terms people who are overweight in America (meaning just plain fat) the figure is closer to 65%. Very sad what we've done to ourselves.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  47. Me

    Best burger is at Jimbos in the Hocking Hills, OH. Biker bar and the burgers are awesome. Also from growing up in the Bay Area Nations Burgers yummm

    May 30, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  48. Richard Simmons

    I just Love ANUS Beef!!

    May 30, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • brandons

      Ha ha

      But no, seriously, a typical hamburger contains meat from hundreds of different animals.

      No joke, hamburger meat is ground in 4000lb batches. Cross-contamination, anyone?

      May 30, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  49. James

    My burgers are better!

    May 30, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  50. Jules

    Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast. MMhmm–this IS a tasty burger. I do love the taste of a good burger.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • HosieO

      I agree. I always make 3-5 more burgers than I want. Then reheat them for breakfast. A little salt and pepper and no condiments, but on a great piece of bread. Then reheat the whole thing in the microwave for 15 seconds. My wife has since joined the club and we look forward to a "Breakfast Burger" for the next 2 or 3 days.

      May 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
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