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Another Spring Showdown - Nancy v. Joe: Burger Battle

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Another Spring Showdown - Nancy v. Joe: Burger Battle

Dommy | Apr 2, 2008 02:47 PM

As mentioned in a previous post… I am loving that spring is here!! But looking outside my office window right now, all I see is grey… bleh… It’s set to rain tonight, which is so not fair because I have my softball opening game tonight too… *bleh*, my only consolation right now is writing this post, looking back at the end of last summer… our last big grill hurrah… a Burger Off inspired by this post by our own Will Owen on the L.A. board…

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422765

As you can see by the title… it was automatically intriguing… I like Burgers… I LOVE Trader Joes… I so wanted to believe Will… but still I was skeptical.

I figured, I couldn’t just have this mythical TJs burger… there needed to some sort of measuring stick. Another reputably awesome burger that I could taste at the same time. And so I realized another homemade burger I’ve been meaning to try… Nancy Silverton’s “Perfect” Burger

http://ustimes.us/the_perfect_burger.htm

And so off to butcher to get some good ole Chuck. That is what I instantly liked about Nancy’s Recipe… The use of good ole ground Chuck… flavorful and holds together wonderfully in a patty…. I made sure to get a really fatty one… so we could get about the 25% fat she insists on…

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Then off the Trader Joes to find said burgers… A little fancier than Nancy’s Grass Fed Angus…

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Once at home, we hooked up the grinder to our Kitchen Aid and set to coarse grind… as per Nancy…

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*sigh* Is there nothing a Kitchen Aid can’t do… I was actually really impressed with how good the mix turned out

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And so we were almost ready, we had a few more little Nancy nit-picks to do, which is weigh out the patty… 8oz…

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And the loosely pack the burger… And here we have side by side… Joe vs. Nancy….

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A sprinkle of Salt and Pepper and they were ready for the Grill!!!

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*sizzzzle!!!* From this point on, we were following Will’s rules… We grilled some TJ’s Ciabatta Buns and threw on some pepper jack a few moments before the burgers were done. We dressed them simply with whole grain mustard and a juicy august tomato. We split them in two and let the judgement begin…

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As you can see, due to its shape and juiciness, the Nancy Burger was a bit more rare than the Joe’s. However, despite being more well done, Joe’s burger was still very juicy. Also because it was more compact, it created a better mouth feel when you bit into it (Nancy’s burger kinda rolled around in your mouth) and most important, that grass fed angus thing was worth it! The flavor was beefy (like Nancy’s) but more nuanced. I kinda wished I had sprinkled some seasoning salt on Nancy’s burger, but Joe’s was pretty darn perfect the way it was…

And so the winner is Joe!! Actually Will since he discovered it and ultimately ME because it gave us a chance to say a proper farewell to grilling season in a very memorable and yummy way… Can’t wait for more spring and grillin’…

--Dommy!

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