Let's talk some more about burgers, shall we? Last week's post on Sputnik's new menu and claims of the "best burger in Brooklyn" sparked a few comments and some emails to me on the subject, and it's high time we explored this in more detail. We've talked plenty about pizza - my current favorite is Il Porto, by the way - but there hasn't been a good burger debate yet.
First thing's first: unlike pizza, it's not that hard to make your own really excellent burger. Pizza takes yeast and a superhot oven and a pizza stone or something similar. Burgers just take good ingredients and a range, boiler, or grill. With that in mind, check out my burger recipe from a little while back. You can also just ask any red-blooded American within earshot and I guarantee you'll get a decent-to-great burger recipe suggestion.
Ok, so you don't feel like cooking or grilling? Let's talk about where to go in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene for a really good burger.
The first obvious choice is 67 Burger, which I've been to and really, really like. The burgers range from pretty standard to mildly exotic, and they've got top-notch fries to boot. They're expensive, but worth it if you're treating yourself.
Next on my personal list would be Maggie Brown. Here's what I wrote back in 2007 in my first CHF post:
The burger was great, especially notable for the excellent, greasy bun and the horseradish they sprinkle on top of the cheddar.Way to be descriptive there, champ. Still, the horseradish was really memorable, and it's a burger I'd never say no to.
Some other suggestions from readers include the burgers at Prime Meats and General Greene. Rustik makes some turkey meat sliders with blue cheese that I've had a couple of times, and I'd wager money that Brooklyn Public House has at least a decent burger. Red Bamboo likely has one made out bamboo stalks and bean curd, too.
I know I'm missing a bunch of good ones, too. What are some of your favorite places to grab a burger in the 'hood?
Update: I got to try the burger at Prime Meats recently, and...damn. It gets my vote.