Editor's note: Burgermeisters! Here's another excerpt from George Motz's book Hamburger America. George and his publisher were kind enough to allow us to run them here, along with George's beautiful photos. Eat up!
On a busy Saturday at Thurman, the kitchen will prepare and serve up to 500 of the famed burgers. “We go through over 1500 pounds of beef a week,” Mike Suclescy told me. Good meat too. Mike only buys top-quality 85/15 ground chuck and told me, “We ran out once and went over to the Kroger Supermarket for ground beef. The taste just wasn’t the same.”
There are many different burgers on the menu but it’s the Thurman Burger that outsells them all. The creation starts with a three-quarter pound patty of griddled fresh ground beef that is topped with (follow me here) grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, sliced sautéed mushrooms, pickle, jalapeno slices, mayonnaise, and a half-pound mound of sliced ham. The pile of ingredients is then covered with both mozzarella and American cheese, capped with a toasted bun, and speared with extra-long toothpicks. When I say tall, I’m guessing this burger stood no less than seven inches high. Get your mouth ready.
183 Thurman Avenue, Columbus OH 43206 614-443-1570 Open seven days, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Hamburger America is available at Amazon and comes with a DVD of George's movie of the same title.
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