mason’s brewing company – the hulkster

Name: The Hulkster
Location: Mason’s Brewing Company, 15 Hardy St,
Brewer, ME 04412
Protein: two beef patties from local Maine farms
Bun: Non-potato
Toppings: white American cheese, cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce, cold smoked tomato, hop sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: House cut fries from local potatoes
Price: $17

Notes, etc.:
I stumbled across this place on the way home from Acadia NP thanks to friends in the area. I normally don’t order massive burgers, but since this was a post-camping meal, I was feeling quite hungry!

The Hulkster is the largest burger they have on the menu, boasting two (maybe 1/3 lb) local beef patties, two types of cheese, and a bunch of toppings! The airy, toasted, fresh bun held up to the weight & juiciness until the last couple bites when the bottom half started to fall apart. The meat was cooked medium rare (by request) and the toppings complimented it nicely. Every bite had a perfect mix of everything, as the burger to bun ratio was on point. The accompanying house cut fries were a cut larger than shoestrings and were perfectly salted and crispy.

Definitely worth stopping by if you’re heading to Bangor or passing through along I-95. You can grab an excellent burger and a solid house beer while taking in the view of the Penobscot River.

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harlem shake – harlem classic

Name: Harlem Classic
Location: Harlem Shake, 100 W 124th St,
New York, NY 10027 (two locations in NYC)
Protein: two smashed & grilled patties, beef blend from La Frieda
Bun: Potato
Toppings: yellow American cheese, pickles, onions, secret sauce
Added (free) Toppings: Shredded lettuce, tomato
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Hand cut fries & fountain soda (These came with the Dimepiece lunch combo. Nothing comes with the burger on it’s own.)
Price: $10.10 (Dimepiece lunch combo); $7.00 (Harlem Classic burger)

Notes, etc.:
The Harlem Classic is my new favorite, fast food style burger (sorry Shake Shack!). The smashed patties are held long enough on the griddle to achieve an incredible, tasty crust while still being juicy on the inside. The cheese is sandwiched between the two beef patties while the toppings are placed between the bottom bun and bottom patty. The toasted potato bun held well to the juiciness of the burger and there was very little topping and sauce loss during consumption.

The hand cut fries were all perfectly crispy and nicely seasoned.

The Dimepiece lunch special is offered Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm and is $10.10 for a Harlem Classic or fried chicken sandwich, fries or slaw, and fountain soda or a bottle of water.

Harlem Shake is conveniently located a block away from the 125th Street subway station on the 2/3 lines. Definitely check this place out if you’re wanting a burger in the area!

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by chloe – the classic burger

Name: The Classic Burger
Location: by CHLOE, 60 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010 (multiple locations in NYC & across the country)
Protein: Tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty
Bun: Orwasher’s potato bun
Toppings: Pickles, red onion, lettuce, beet ketchup, and special sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Good, width wise. There was more bun to burger thickness-wise.
Accompaniments: Nothing (Air baked fries are $4.25 extra)
Price: $9.95

Notes, etc.:
The burger texture is almost like a black bean patty, as it was slightly soft. This texture made it slightly messy, since it would slide to one side every time I took a bite. The potato bun was light and airy, which was great since the thickness ratio of bun to burger was high. The overall flavor was good, once I had a taste of the secret sauce which brought it all together. The burger I had that day unfortunately only had it concentrated on one side of it. The beet ketchup also added a nice sweetness to it.

The air baked fries were so-so. They were crispier than normal fries, but not burnt. Some fries were great and some were soft/soggy.

I’d definitely get the burger again, but will pass on the fries.

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whitmans – juicy lucy

juicy lucy
Name: Juicy Lucy
Location: Whitmans, 406 E 9th St,
New York, NY 10009 (multiple locations in NYC)
Protein: 8 oz. stuffed, beef short rib blend from La Frieda
Bun: Sesame
Toppings: Pimento cheese (stuffed inside the beef), bibb lettuce, tomatoes, spicy pickles, caramelized onions, secret sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Nothing (Fries are $5 extra)
Price: $12

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Notes, etc.:
The burger is made to order and arrived medium-rare. There’s a lot of great flavors in this burger. I’ve never had a burger with pimento on it and it was quite good. The mess factor is high with the oozing cheese and juicy meat, but the bun does it job and supports you till the very end.

A side of fries is $5 extra, but they’re crispy, seasoned well, and delicious.

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eventide oyster co. – eventide burger

eventide burger
Name: Eventide Burger
Location: Eventide Oyster Co., 86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Protein: 4 oz. aged local beef
Bun: Katsu Bun
Toppings: American cheese, tallow mayo, shredded lettuce, pickled red onions, and a cornichon
Burger to Bun Ratio: Slightly more bun. Bun appears thick.
Accompaniments: Fries
Price: $14

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Notes, etc.:
Upon first glance, I thought there would be way too much bread with each bite, however, the Katsu bun was airy and had a slightly sweet taste. The juicy burger yielded tangy and savory flavors with each bite. The accompanying fries were seasoned, crispy, and tasty.

After several visits to Eventide, I’ve only seen the burger available one time, and it was during the lunch hour. If it’s your first time and you haven’t had their lobster rolls yet, go get that. If it’s your second time or more, this burger is a great option if you’re in the mood for some meat.

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