One of my favorite parts of doing a sandwich column is that now all my family members send me photos of ridiculous sandwiches from all around the country. Take this one, for example, which my brother in law sent me from Sacramento. The Squeeze Burger with Cheese Skirt, as it is widely known in and around California's capital, is clearly a feat of modern engineering. And while the actual burger that is hidden underneath there (somewhere) is not necessarily anything to write home about, this sandwich has many other secrets that make it quite the serious sandwich.
The burger at the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento starts off innocently enough. A 1/3-pound ground beef patty (80/20 meat to fat ratio) gets grilled on a flat top, and turned once. After that, if you ask for the cheese skirt (and you do have to ask in order to get it), things start to get crazy. The burger gets blanketed in a mess of shredded mild cheddar cheese, and covered (partially) with the top of the hamburger bun. Then—and this is where the engineering comes in—a few ice cubes are tossed onto the flat top, and the whole thing is covered for 4-5 minutes, steaming and crisping up the cheese into what could be considered a skirt-like shape.
Surprisingly, the real secret ingredient is the bread. A normal hamburger bun would fall apart when creating the skirt, so they use a sourdough bun from Muzio Baking Co—the only roll that can stand up to the steam! The only question now is, what's your eating strategy?
Address: 7916 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820 (map); 3383 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558 (map); and a new location opening in July in Dalton, CA
Phone: 916-386-8599, 707-257-6880
Muzio's Baking Co.
Address: 1708 34th St, Sacramento, CA 95816 (map)