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It's Burger Month!

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tony's chicago beef burgerGround beef on a bun, toppings optional – there’s nothing simpler, or more satisfying, than a hamburger. But hidden within that basic formula is a veritable cornucopia of subtle differences in preparation, ingredients and cooking skill that create a vast spectrum of burger styles. From thin, well-done diner-style burgers to massive half-pound hunks of meat that drip greasy juices on your hands with every bite, the all-American hamburger can’t be summed up in a single straightforward definition. And burger lovers might ask: “Why would you want to?”

Everyone has their favorite, whether it’s charred with flame from a backyard grill or sizzled in a kitchen skillet, whether it comes from the neighborhood pub or a fast-food giant found every few blocks. Maybe you prefer patties made from sake-fed and massaged cows from Kobe, Japan. Maybe you feel that basic ground chuck makes the best burger, with salt and heat to coax out the flavor. Lettuce and tomato are classics, but some people opt for guacamole and sprouts. Cheese? Which kind? Mayo or ketchup?

Trying to define the best burger is not only impossible, it’s insulting to the complexity of this conerstone of the American diet.

That’s why, unlike so many “food holidays,” it makes sense that burgers are given their due every year with a celebration that lasts not a single day, but a whole month.

That’s right, May is Burger Month, and we’ll celebrate it for 31 days straight.

We’ll post daily burger mini-reviews on our Burger Month page of some of our favorites from around the area, but even 31 days isn’t enough to do the holiday justice. Why don’t you help us out?

Order a burger, snap a picture, then tell us about it below. We’ll post the best of them here and put them in the pages of Food & Wine and Ticket through the end of the month.

There are no rewards for this public service, unless you count the satisfaction that comes from salty beef, crisp veggies and a fresh bun.

For us, that’s enough. We suspect it will be for you, too.

Happy Burger Month, folks. Eat up.

Tell us about your favorite burger!





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Brian Ries

Brian Ries is the editor of ticketsarasota.com.
Last modified: May 8, 2013
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