Perhaps you’ll want a good burger as you celebrate Memorial Day this weekend. There are many great burgers in Palm Beach County, but we do have our favorites. Here are some of our top badass burgers:
Grease Burger Bar
You’ve got 19 drool-worthy burgers to choose from at Clematis Street’s favorite burger joint. We are partial to the Black and Blue, a burger that’s boldly seasoned with blackening spiced and topped with crumbled blue cheese and apple wood-smoked bacon.
The Grille: 12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561-793-2110
This Gardens hot spot serves a burger with considerable drama. You get this delicious burger with hand-cut fries or slaw. You can top it with a fried egg or avocado for a $2 upcharge, but it’s yummy on its own.
The Cooper: 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561- 622-0032
Chef George Patti’s “Inside-Out Juicy Lucy” is a burger with a pimento cheese soul. The burger’s smoky char encloses a melty center of rich, peppery cheese. It’s messy as all heck, but unforgettable. Add a side of the burger joint’s duck fat fries if you dare indulge in more decadence.
MEAT: 980 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-419-2600
Wait staff said the new Jupiter location should be open in about a week.
There are a couple of questions for long-time customers of the old location:
What happens to the Pabst Blue Ribbon ceiling mural? It apparently won’t fit in the industrial-style ceiling of the new location, but wait staff said Saturday that it might end up in another Park Avenue location.
And here’s hoping they don’t forget the Elvis sign:
I was wondering just that as I waited for my takeout order when another man ordered one. Check that: He ordered a second one and took it back to his seat inside a surprisingly chic Burger King (brownstone brick, stainless steel, modern booths). So I asked him: Why come to Burger King for a hot dog?
“Well… I’ve never had one before,” he said.
Seemed like a good enough reason to me.
Back at the office, I unleashed it for our photographer Greg Lovett who did not immediately recoil.
Because this does, actually, look like a hot dog you would find at a backyard barbecue: squiggles of Heinz ketchup and mustard, relish and slivered onions atop an Oscar Mayer-made wiener. It’s even split down the middle and has the requisite chargrill marks.
And it tastes just like a homemade dog. A nice snap to the ol’ tube steak and a meaty flavor from the all-beef dog. And since you have a name-brand hot dog and condiments (Burger King’s parent company owns Heinz and Oscar Mayer), you get the flavor your expect from a hot dog.
There’s even a chili-cheese version, if that’s your thing, that tastes no worse than what you’d find at Dairy Queen or Sonic.
The classic hot dog will run you $1.99, and $2.29 gets you the bells-and-whistles chili cheese version. They’ll also set you back 310 and 330 calories, but you’re at Burger King, so who’s counting?
I’m not sure the problem Burger King was trying to solve by adding a hot dog to its menu. But if you have a hankering, here’s echoing a little push: Go ahead and try one. They’re good.
The Honda Classic Burger ($15.50) has a patty made from barbecued meatloaf, plied high with onion rings, applewood-smoked bacon and barbecue “jus,” all between garlic Texas toast.
Maybe a cocktail is more to your liking? The same contest rules apply to ordering the Burger Bar’s Kettle One Tee Time cocktail. It’s basically a spiked Arnold Palmer, with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, ice tea and lemonade.
The burger and cocktail will be available through Saturday.
When Chef George Patti brought the Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger to Boca Raton from his Islamorada burger joint, he set a new standard in pure decadence. This burger, a brisket and beef patty stuffed with pimento cheese and house-made bacon bits, then topped with a swoon of American cheese, is a thing of beauty in all its messiness.
Meat Eatery & Taproom: 980 N. Federal Highway, Suite 115 in the Cendyn Spaces building, Boca Raton; 561-419-2600;MeatEateryBoca.com
Where’s the beef in paying a little more for a burger?
Shake Shack raised its prices this year — including at its Boca Raton location — between 1 and 1.5 percent on most items to help pay its employees above the local minimum wage. That amounts to about 5-to-15 cents on burger and fries.
There are lots of food truck rallies happening throughout Palm Beach County. The ‘restaurant on wheels’ phenomenon has arrived and it is growing! Here we name some of the best and most popular trucks, rallies in our area: