Dear AHT: Kizilkayalar Hamburger in Istanbul, Turkey
Clicking in to the AHT inbox recently, we've got this bit of juicy intel. Eat up!
During my recent travels I ran across this burger joint in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey. As you can tell from the picture, the burger is coated in a ketchupy sauce that I believe is made of tomato and garlic. There's probably about 3-4 ounces of beef to the patty which has a somewhat meatloaf flavor, although that may be due more to the sauce than the meat. Kizilkayalar makes a ton of these things at one time and then stacks them in a large glass box steamer that you see between the head of the employee and the random dude walking into my picture. As a result of the steaming and sauce, the bun has the consistency of a Krispy Kreme doughnut.
This style of burger can be found at various döner shops around the city but this place appeared to be the most popular one I came across. Searching the web, it appears they have a bit of a cult following within Istanbul. Anyway, the burger was pretty good. Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in old Constantinople.
Thanks for the recommendation, Mike! I know where I'm going when I visit Istanbul: to get myself a ketchup-flavored burger pocket. They have two locations in Istanbul.