Pica Rico burger from Gallo Blanco in Phoenix; AHT Review [Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Burgers are so ubiquitous that in addition to burger-centric restaurants, you can find them at chains with a kitchen-sink menu and an emphasis on dessert like The Cheesecake Factory, Mexican restaurants like Border Grill, and fine dining destinations.

So, when you're at one of these non burger-centric restaurants, how often do you order a burger? Is your love affair with the beef and bun so strong that you opt for a burger wherever you go, or do you like to stick with the specialty of the house? Or maybe you're somewhere in-between? Take this week's poll and let us know.

Results from Last Week's Poll


Bison burger from The Counter [Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Last week, we asked if lower-fat beef-alternatives like bison and elk are worth ordering over a full-fat beef patty. Here's what a few AHT'ers had to say:

I usually go with a bison burger when one is available, love the flavor and leanness of it. I also tend to go with grass-fed beef for its better fat profile, and I use grass-fed sirloin when I make burgers at home. The key, of course, is making sure they don't overcook it and turn it into a dry flavorless puck.


I'll order bison, elk, and ostrich because I like exotic & game-y meats, not because they're a lower fat alternative. That's a very minor side benefit that doesn't even enter my mental calculations.


Poll Results

When it comes to whether or not AHT'ers would choose a lower-fat alternative over a beef patty, the response was a resounding "maybe". Nearly half of AHT'ers (46 percent) said they might opt for a beef-like alternative once in awhile. In terms of hard "yes" and "no" answers, roughly the same amount of AHT'ers said they choose lower-fat beef alternatives whenever they can (23 percent) as those who were in the "beef or nothing" camp (24 percent), while only 8 percent of respondents said if they're looking for a low-fat burger, they'd rather eat a veggie or turkey burger.

Note: the poll remains open, so these numbers may shift slightly in the future.

About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax

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