Wrapping up National Hamburger Month over on Serious Eats burger site A Hamburger Today, we've got a "Grilled" interview with John T. Edge, food writer and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. And, AHT is offering a chance to win a copy of Edge's book Hamburgers & Fries.
Grilled: John T. Edge
What's the most unusual burger you've eaten? The stuffed burgers in New Orleans. There are people there who would take eggs Benedict then mound a burger around it and deep-fry the whole damn thing. It worked, but it wasn't something I'd want to eat more than once I admired the inventiveness of it, but it's the oddest thing I've seen done with a burger ... to put the constituent ingredients of eggs Benedict in a burger—that's beyond the pale.
One guy began doing it. I haven't checked in after the levee breaches, but just before the flooding, it was beginning to spread, and the guy who was originally doing it—at Tucker's Tavern—began to take umbrage at others doing it. The best thing about it was that the first time I walked in there were all these people in surgical scrubs from the hospital just across the street. It was like they were guaranteeing job security.
Burger Book Giveaway: 'Hamburgers & Fries'
One of the things that makes this book so great is its focus on regional American burgers. Name your favorite hometown burger joint; the Serious Eats/AHT community wants to hear all about overlooked regional gems! Five readers will receive a copy of Edge's Hamburger & Fries: An American Story.
Photograph of John T. Edge by Kyle Hood, courtesy johntedge.com
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