You've heard of the donut burger right? Also known as the "Luther Burger"? If not, educate yourself before proceeding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_B...
In any event, I've always thought of the donut burger more of something that belonged in Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum than anything fit for a plate and napkin.
But actually having tried this, or more precisely, actually having made this and tried this, I must confess that this is one fine darn creation. Kudos to you, Mr. Vandross!
So over the weekend I went ahead and made this at home. It was Super Bowl weekend after all.
I picked up a dozen glazed cake donuts from a local shop. Put together my favorite mix of beef for hamburgers (equal parts sirloin, brisket and trimmed oxtail). Caramelized a large batch of onions. Then I went to work.
Halved the donuts, grilled them in my panini press, added the burger, topped with some caramelized onions, a bit of Deli-style spicy mustard, and it was all systems go.
And you know what? This was fabulous. Sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, chewy, juicy and spicy all in one bite. Was this sort of like what peansant's would eat when they dreamt of Beef Wellington? Who cares. And, if it was, color me a peasant.
Now, don't get me wrong, I couldn't eat this everyday (or even regularly) -- it's a bit too rich -- and there's no way I would take this over a "regular" burger, but every once in a while, this really is a nice nice nice (did I say "nice"?) treat to have.
Anyone out there enjoy the Donut Burger, and do you make it at home?