Battle of the portland bistro burgers_ burger madness round of 32 – willamette week

Burger Madness is a seeded tournament pitting 64 Portland patties against each other. Beef steak cuts recipe Our critics ate through the best Bistro Burgers , Bar Burgers , and Brewery Burgers and Burger Burgers in Portland—and will reveal their picks round by round until the best burger in Portland is crowned.

Beard-award-winning chef Gabe Rucker’s trademark burger is messy. Beef steak cuts uk It is also legend.

Beef steak cuts chart It’s been listed among the best burgers in America by national food media and among the “12 Wonders of Portland Food” by WW. Beef steak cuts explained So it’s an easy pick for the top seed. Recipe for steak fingers The juicy grilled patty, ground in-house daily, is topped with melted aged white cheddar, twice-grilled pickled red onions, and an iceberg slaw. Grilled steak fajitas recipe on the bbq The ciabatta bun takes razor-sharp teeth to make sure the whole thing doesn’t end up in your lap, but a Franz bun would dissolve on contact with this delicious monstrosity. Recipe for steak and cheese egg rolls A little horseradish in the mustard on the bun makes sure your olfactory is clear to enjoy such a well-crafted sandwich.

Before co-founding Ox steakhouse, Greg Denton cooked up the juicy burger at the now-closed Metrovino, which I judged the best in town for BurgerQuest 2010. Beef for philly steak sandwiches At the Dentons’ new small-plate spot, SuperBite, the burger ($16 with steak fries) is no mere bite. Recipe for steak tips with mushroom sauce It’s two mostly beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun—a gourmet Big Mac. Marinade for steak fajitas But while the shiitake mushroom ground into the burger adds interesting umami, it comes at the cost of juicy meat. Recipe for flank steak marinade for fajitas Still, the generous and perfectly melted mix of cheddar and fontina cheese balance out beautifully against tangy special sauce and tart pickle.

La Moule’s single, well-seasoned patty sits on a soft, plump Ken’s Artisan bun toasted sufficiently to keep the sandwich together. Recipe for skirt steak fajitas Two wedges of buttery brie, still creamy even when cooled, join two long slices of Niman Ranch bacon extending from the bun like wings. Recipe for tri tip steak marinade The burger comes with an unlikely balance of pickled and raw red onions, plus a slather of bracing Dijon to bring out subtleties of the beef and brie.

If serial restaurateur John Gorham is the Rick Pitino of Portland burgers, Toro Bravo is still his Kentucky Wildcats. Ingredients for steak fajitas The secret to the burger at Toro Bravo ($14) is housemade romesco, the special sauce of Catalonia in northeastern Spain. Recipe for philly steak and cheese sandwich Alongside bread-and-butter zucchini pickles, that creamy housemade blend of garlic, nut, and roasted red pepper acts as counterpoint to the deep salt and richness of the 6-ounce, grill-caramelized Cascade Natural beef, pungent manchego and housemade bacon.

Burgers at most of Portland’s best steakhouses offer as much excitement as a deflated basketball. Recipe for steak in crock pot But the balance of flavors is what lets the Laurelhurst burger ($15 with fries) at nontraditional steakhouse Laurelhurst Market compete with the best in the city. Recipes for steak kabobs on the grill Tart balsamic onions and house pickles harmonize with the salty-sweet umami hit of bacon and Tillamook aged cheddar cheese. Looking for steak and cheese pie recipe The squishy Fleur de Lis potato bun is grilled thoroughly, making it hold up until the finish. Recipe for steak fries in the oven But while the beef is hearty as bison meat—nicely charred yet still juicy—the burger was a little undercooked, and a little short on the housemade herb aioli.

Vitaly Paley’s burger is at Paley’s original Slabtown restaurant—home to one of Portland’s very first brioche-bun, house-ground bistro burgers when it was introduced at the turn of the millennium. Cheese sauce recipe for steak sandwich The grilled onion on the Paley’s burger ($15 with fries) is revelatory, a full slab of onion grilled on both sides until caramelized, with an almost translucent and buttery interior. Recipe for flank steak tacos Creamy and bright notes come from mustard aioli and ketchup. Ingredients for steak tacos But on a recent visit, the patty was undercooked enough it resembled tartare, and the bacon add-on ($1) was hammy and chewy.

AtKen Forkish’s most upscale restaurant, the most casual entree is still its best dish. Recipe for steak and mushrooms The pimento burger ($15 with fries) couldn’t be simpler: Meat, cheese and bread. Philly cheesesteak egg rolls recipe guy fieri It’s two Cascade Natural beef patties, a housemade brioche bun, pimento cheese, and a special sauce of aioli, ketchup and fermented dill. Recipe for steak with mushroom sauce That’s it. Recipe for beef steak with mushroom sauce Melty pimento cheese is a brilliant burger topping, almost like cheese and fry sauce in one. Recipe for chicken steak with mushroom sauce You almost can’t screw it up, and yet two other burgers considered for this list managed to do so.

WINNER: Cafe Castagna, an upset only in a name—as it was likely seeded a little too low by the organizers. Marinade for flank steak fajitas The classic zuke-pickle burger retains all its former majesty, and knocks out the Trifecta burger heavily favored by the food editors of this paper. Marinade for skirt steak fajitas San Francisco beats mid-Atlantic pimento in a rout.

Nick Zukin is former food blogger and web developer turned restaurateur. Recipe for steak pie filling He currently owns the two Mi Mero Mole taquerias in Portland and regularly travels to Mexico for “research.” He formerly co-owned Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen and co-authored the cookbook The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home.

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