The Burger Madman of Boston,* J. Kenji Alt is at it again.
The Cook's Illustrated associate editor and GoodEater.org blogger has branched out to the Boston Globe, checking out ten Beantown burgers (in one day!) for the paper. He divides the burgers into grilled and griddled categories, making the observation that the East Coast is all about thick, grilled burgers while the West Coast is about griddled fast-food-style sandwiches.
Who comes out on top? West Coast–style Flat Patties:
Flat Patties comes closest to the benchmark set by California's In-N-Out Burger. The patty has massive beef flavor, is loaded with juicy fat, and features a squishy and wide bun that fits the meat like a glove. In line with their moniker, the well-seasoned meat is pressed flat on the griddle, delivering maximum crust formation, and comes with a sweet and tangy sauce. Add in that it's the cheapest burger of the lot, and you've achieved beef nirvana.
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* Mr. Alt has earned this sobriquet—and his own tag page on AHT. Check out his exploits and you'll see why: http://aht.seriouseats.com/tags/J. Kenji Alt