Burger Friday: NYC’s Top Three Weirdest Burgers

In honor of the national holiday that is National Burger Month, I am devoting Fridays to the world’s love for the juicy, dripping beast that is The Burger. Today, I’m honoring NYC’s weirdest burgers. This took a good deal of research (eating), as only the absolute strangest and craziest can make the list. Take a look.

The Donut Burger from The Burger Bistro: The most wildly popular dish on their menu, The Burger Bistro’s donut burger is one hunk of juicy beef topped with melted American cheese, fried egg, crispy bacon, sandwiched between a cut-in-half glazed and fluffy donut from local Bay Ridge spot Mike’s Donuts. It’s dinner and dessert.While it runs as a frequent special, you can call one of their Brooklyn and NYC locations a day in advance, and they’ll have it made especially for you. Perfect for a birthday surprise (as it may be your last). Kidding! (probably).

The Kangaroo Burger from The Thirsty Koala: Remember Roo from Winnie the Pooh? Kanga’s playful, roly-poly son? Yeah, well now you can eat him. On a brioche bun. Topped with bacon, grilled pineapple, beet root slaw, caramelized onions, fried egg, and house-made goat cheese. The kangaroo meat – which is actually quite sweet and leaner than beef – comes directly from a ranch in Australia and straight to Bronx Hunts Point Market, where the Astoria restaurant scoops it up and serves it to you with a side of kumara mash yam grown in New Zealand. Farewell, Roo. Hello, yum.

The Mac & Cheeseburger from GO Burger: This NY burger chain combines two of America’s most prized comfort foods; it tops a slab of beef with fried mac & cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and house-made smoked ketchup, all on a  golden-toasted bun. A recipe for greatness. 

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New York’s Wackiest St. Patrick’s Day Dishes & Drinks

Like all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a day when we get away with doing things that are deemed unacceptable on ordinary days. Running around in green onesies, handing out Lucky Charms cereal to strangers, and drunkenly yelling the phrase “Luck of the Irish!” to couples mid-makeout is strongly encouraged and instantly Instagrammed. And when it comes to fuel for the ride, the wackiness continues, as food and alcohol finds any excuse to intermingle. Tuna with Jameson soy sauce? Yeah, why not. Bread pudding stuffed with banana Jameson shots? Can’t say no. Here are NYC’s most unusual:

GO Burger: 

  • St. Patty Melt Burger: a 4 oz. burger topped with corned beef, Irish cheddar, mustard, and sauerkraut, available now.
  • Kiss Me I’m Irish Spiked Shake: a creamy shake full of Bailey’s, Jameson, & Murphy’s Stout, blended with a shamrock cookie and whipped cream, available now.

Bounce Sporting Club:

  • Tuna with Jameson Soy Sauce: savory, alcoholic, Sunday only.
  • Banana Bread Pudding with Jameson shots: paired with butternut squash ice cream and eggnog & banana shots, Sunday only.

BLT Steak: 

  • The Jameson Goodbye Cocktail: drink infused with Jameson, green tea, lime juice, & mint tea, $18, available this weekend.

The Windsor:

  • Pastrami Spring Rolls: meat, fried, wrapped, perfect, this weekend.
  • Guinness Chocolate Cupcake with Bailey’s Buttercream: as described, served in a jar, available this weekend. 

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