Unmitigated burger disaster at J-FAT in San Diego; AHT Review [Photograph: Erin Jackson]

We've all been there. You're at a restaurant and your burger comes out of the kitchen with a major executional flaw. Maybe there's no char, it's not cooked to the requested temperature, or the bun is soaked with burger juice by the second bite. Despite being a seemingly simple food item, there are so many things that can go wrong. So, which of these burger sins is the most unforgivable? Have your say in this week's poll.

Some other issue you'd like to add? Let us know in the comments section.

Results from Last Week's Poll


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

Last week, we asked how often do you order burgers at non-burger-centric restaurants. Here's what a few AHT'ers had to say:

Most times that I try a new restaurant I get the burger, unless they are famous for something else. I always figure if you can't make a decent burger, there's probably no hope for the rest of the menu, so that's where I start.


I have said it before and will say it again: lots of the little Mexican joints (Ponce's on Adams Ave in San Diego), have decent, really simple burgers.


A burger at a steakhouse-style place is usually done well. My experience in kitchen-sink type places has been negative. Many places don't do basic burger-touch ups like toasting the bun, which is ridiculously offensive to a burger lover.


Poll Results

The most popular response to last week's poll was "sometimes". Over half of AHT'ers (53 percent) said they'll order a burger at a non burger-centric restaurant if it sounds really great. Only 14 percent of AHT'ers said they order burgers frequently at non burger-centric restaurants, while 33 percent said they do so rarely, preferring to go with the specialty of the house.

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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