New Thing #237: The Works Burger

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When I asked people where to go during my weekend in Ottawa, The Works burger shop came up. My friend Trent and I didn’t want anything too complicated for dinner so we drove across town for a tasty burger.

And man that was a tasty burger, but way too much for me.

I managed to scarf down about 3/4 of my burger topped with Brie, pear and caramelized onions. The 16oz measuring cup full of cherry coke float probably had something to do with that though.

The selection was outrageous, including one with peanut butter and another with Kraft Dinner. I almost got one with beets and a fried egg on top but cooler heads prevailed.

My only regret is not getting the home made potato chips. They looked fantastic on other people’s plate on the way out.

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New Thing #133: Homemade Cheeseburgers

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You’d think that given how much I love to cook that I would have made my own burgers by now, but sadly that is not the case.

This Father’s Day I got a nifty little device from Williams-Sonoma that made it easy to stuff your homemade burger with cheese, a not so subtle hint from the wife.

Not that I really needed it. It worked ok, at least for the first patty. The second two got stuck and I basically ended up moulding them myself anyway. I also went a little overboard and ended up with half pound patties stuffed with cheddar. Did I say overboard? Nah, that was just about perfect.

I made sure to get my local butcher to grind up some chuck special for the occasion; so the patties were full of fat to keep them moist. A few seasonings before hand and a tiny bit of breadcrumbs to keep it all together and I was in business.

Of course all that fat had my BBQ basically on fire for 10 minutes, but the constant flareups gave a nice crust to each burger that burst with juices when bitten through.

If there is one downside to this it’s that I don’t know if I can ever go back to store bought burgers. Homemade is so infinitely better with fairly little effort to get there.

Steve, I apologize for once being outraged when you basically told me just that.

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