Baltimore: Crabcake-Topped Burger at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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[Photograph: Camden Yards]

This is about as Maryland as a burger gets: a crabcake, seasoned with plenty of Old Bay, of course, on top of a burger patty. The "Camden Giant" is available this season at the new Gino's stand at Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.

Gino's Burgers and Chicken (AHT review) is a Baltimore fast-food institution from way back in 1957, when it was founded by the great Baltimore Colts defensive end hall-of-famer Gino Marchetti. Just this year, the Gino's chain opened a concession stand inside the ballpark, where you can get their normal burgers and these Camden Giants. The steak-and-cake special includes a three-ounce Gino's beef patty layered with a 2.5-ounce crabcake, smushed inside a Martin's potato bun with shredded lettuce, melted cheese, and a creamy sauce.

"We go through 400 pounds of crab meat per game," said the ballpark's executive chef Josh Distenfeld. "This year, total, we'll go through 35,000 pounds." He did his crabcake research (read: ate a lot of crabcakes) while developing the ballpark's recipe. "We must have tried crabcakes at over 50 restaurants all over Baltimore and into Ocean City, first." He sticks to a simple, classic approach: fresh Maryland jumbo lump crab meat, some breadcrumbs for binding, and LOTS of Old Bay. That last part is of critical importance.

About the author: Erin is the national managing editor of Serious Eats. You can follow her on Twitter: @erin_zimmer

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