Friday, September 14, 2012

Burger shmurger

Hubby and I were out on our weekly date night.  Instead of going for our usual wings and beer place, we went to a local restaurant that has some of the best and most inventive hamburgers around . . . Plan B

The reason we went there was because they were celebrating their one year anniversary and they were offering up all kinds of bacon fare.  Who doesn’t love bacon??

So I’m thinking a bacon burger would definitely be in order.  To me, a bacon burger brings to mind a ground beef patty on a bun with strips of bacon.

On the special menu was Bacon Candy Bars, Bacon Cotton Candy, and Bacon infused Bourbon cocktails but the one menu item that caught our attention was the Divine Swine . . . a burger made with 100% ground bacon burger topped w/ thick sliced chicken fried bacon, bacon aioli, bourbon bacon red onion jam, and a fried egg all sandwiched in between a grilled cheese. 

That, my friends, is a bacon burger . . . BIG time!

This burger lead to a conversation about what exactly qualifies as a “burger” or a “hamburger”.

I’m not going to get all into the history of the hamburger or the multitude of people claiming to have invented . . . I already did that (click here).

Suffice to say that the hamburger came to be what we know to be a hamburger in the late 1800’s.  At that time it was called a hamburger steak, which was ground up beef served on a bun.  At some point in history it got shortened to hamburger and then simply to burger.

So, if that’s what a hamburger is then how can it be that we were enjoying a burger made of bacon? 

Well, sometime during the late 1900’s some granola crunching type invented burger made out of vegetables . . . the horror!  And then came along other alternative burgers made of turkey, chicken . . . you name it . . . oh those silly health nuts.

So, nowadays, we can have a burger made out of just about anything as long as it is prefixed by a descriptor indicating what it’s made of.

But to me . . . a burger is made from cow and it better damn well go “moo” when I bite into it!  That’s all I’m sayin’.

How was that bacon burger you may be wondering?  Hmmm . . . it was good but it was seriously over the top with all that bacon and the bacon condiments and whatnot.  But that’s what it was all about.  Bacon!

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