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Monday, June 17, 2024

It seems like the Internet has made every day, or month, a food holiday. (Which we're definitely not complaining about.) As May draws to an end, it's important everyone is aware of National Hamburger Month. Disclaimer: I love meat.

Szzzz. Szzzz. 

The moment the patty hits the hot griddle is crucial to how it'll taste later. If the heat was set too low, you'll be left with a probably overcooked, rubbery or bland patty. If it's too high, you run the risk of burning the crust and undercooking the inside. I've divided hamburgers into two broad categories: the classic hamburger and the hamburger disguised as a fancy sandwich. 

The classic hamburger

The classic hamburger is the kind that doesn't need condiments or cheeses. It's juicy, rare and seasoned with salt and pepper. It's seared on the grill, bun included. 

The hamburger disguised as a fancy sandwich

Most people have had one. Sometimes it's on focaccia; sometimes it's a ground turkey patty sandwiched between two pieces of bread. I love fancy sandwiches, but I don't necessarily consider them hamburgers. If you're looking for a tasty turkey burger, though, I suggest making Trader Joe's frozen turkey burgers. They don't dry out and are full of flavor. 

Where to go

My go-to place for a decent hamburger in Gainesville is Five Guys, but that's partly because I love Five Guys' fries. When I'm willing to put up with inconsistent service and want to go out with a group of friends, The Top is the best restaurant that doesn't overcharge for its burgers. And you get to order it cooked rare.

One of the great things about eating in Gainesville that I haven't seen in many other cities is the variety of option for vegetarians, vegans and pescetarians. Where else can you get a flavorful tempeh burger? 

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