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Where can I get a spicy burger?

flamin hot! I want to be a sweatin', sniffling, uncomfortable mess. don't want to spend more than $10.

pls don't say burger king.


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  1. I would try Islands! I don't know how much spice you can take, but the Kilauea burger is very good. It's a black pepper and jalapeno crusted, with a chipotle sauce and pepper jack cheese. It's at least spicy to me.

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    1. re: junioroat

      I'll second Junioroat's post. I almost found it too heavy on the pepper and not heavy enough on the jalapeno. I also think I made the mistake of getting the turkey burger version of it (wife was with me). The turkey meat patty sort've fell apart.

      And, although slightly more than 10 dollars, I'm sure you can find a spicy burger at the buffalo fire department restaurant in torrance. They have a thai bbq and wasabi burger for 12 bucks. Not my thing but sounds spicy.

      1. re: DrBruin

        You can also get roasted jalapenos with your burget at BFD. Yummy!

        1. re: Rizza

          BFD? Are these initials for some place (obvious that I am not recognizing)?

          1. re: mdpilam

            Buffalo Fire Department, as called out in DrBruin's post above.

            1. re: ChinoWayne

              Chino, how the heck are you. I miss the old days when I could look at the board and see 5 to ten great stories/posts a day from you. Is life good old hound?

    2. I must assume that you missed this (inventive, creative, brilliant, mad and chowhoundly to the nth degree) thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628782

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      1. re: Servorg

        That is funny!!! I did miss that. Thanks for posting.

      2. Go to 26 Beach, get a pepper jack cheese burger with jalapenos and ask for a side of their diablo salsa. Stand the F___ back and have some milk close by. www.26beach.com

        1. The Hatch Burger at Umami is only moderately spicy (at least to my palate), but it is very, very good. And, at $9, it just hits your price point.

          Umami Burger
          850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: David Kahn

            This burger was amazing, but it didn't seem the least bit spicy to me. Though I tend to have a pretty high threshold of spice tolerance...

            I haven't had a spicy burger in LA, but I tend to gravitate more towards spicy chicken-type sandwiches as opposed to a burger.

            1. re: mdpilam

              Yeah, I also LOVED That burger.... it totally sent me back to New Mexico in the richness and flavor of the roasted green chiles... but it was not spicy... The Islands burger mentioned above is twice as spicy but about less tan a quarter as good overall...


              1. re: Dommy

                I tried this burger too and it was delicious but not spicy. WIll try some more soon.

                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  Does Umami use the real item, or do they, perhaps, substitute mild (at least the non-NM variety) Anaheims, which have a similar appearance? Or maybe for prime-time consumption they scrub them inside and out. (Pre-roasted, poorly cleaned Hatch chilis are available in big plastic bags.)

                  I recently made a hamburger at home using fresh Hatch chilis, and they were deliciously spicy, because I left the membrane intact after fire-roasting -- certainly not the "sweatin', sniffling, uncomfortable mess" you requested but far more than "not spicy." I love that chili-centric Hatch flavor.

                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    i believe they do, but there are mild hatch chilis as well hots...


                    1. re: Dommy

                      I've always had the hots, Dommy. By the way, as I'm sure you know, the best place for hatchburgers is not some philosophically layered LA temple d'good eats but direct experience at a New Mexican truck stop.

                      1. re: Harry Nile

                        After spending every four years knocking on doors on Alberquerque I could not agree more...

                        BTW, this year's batch of hots we got are mind blowing... we made a Tamale Quiche with them this week and darn near had to cry uncle...


                          1. re: David Kahn

                            Thanks! This post inspired tonight's creation... super spicy chicken burger!!


                            The Avocado is a bit sacralicious but it really evened out the heat of the Chiles...


          2. ok, gonna check some of these and report back. Thanks.

            No, I did not see that other thread, I will read it now.

            1. I kike the taste of the 'Kobe Diablo Burger $13.95' at Lucky Devils but it exceedes you price. Needs extra hot sauce, they don't normally try to kill ya!


              Lucky Devils
              6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              1. Go to Philippe's and buy one jar of their Hot Spicy Mustard.

                Then head to In-N-Out and get a double-double.

                Apply said Hot Spicy Mustard to said burger.


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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I am not a mustard on burger fan, just like I do not put ketchup on hot dogs but there are exceptions and this sounds really good. I do allow ketchup on a Downtown Street Dog.

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    That mustard is less mustard and more horseradish in taste.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I am very well aware of the flavor/content of THAT mustard, been using it for years. I never thought to put it on a burger, with a little mayo I bet it is great!

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        Let me know how you like it.

                        I've been doing it for years now. Double double, grilled onions, pickles, no sauce, Philippe's spicy mustard and I'm good to go.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          This is an inspiration; never thought of it before. But double meat, not double double, and animal, medium rare. BTW, Ms. Swift swears by the "5 alarm" burger at Red Robin, with extra Jalapeno jack, extra Jalapenos and extra Jalapeno salsa. I'm not a fan of RR but I tried a bite one time when I was tricked into going there and, although it was not medium rare (not ordered that way) it most definately was HOT.

                          1. re: TomSwift

                            Y'know the thing with the Philippe's mustard is that it's less mustard and more horseradish sauce -- so it gives that nice sinus clearing sensation.

                            The thing with most hot sauces, or even jalapenos for that matter, is that they tend to be a bit salty, which I don't necessarily like. The heat factor is still there but alot of it gets muted because of the salt.

                            When I get the itch and make my own horseradish, I tend to go crazy and put it on everything. It's such a clean and refreshing taste sensation.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Now that I think about it (and I'll have to confirm when I get home) the "mustard" does seem like a biting horseradish sauce with mustardy overtones. I would do the In-n-Out deal today but I already have plans to meet some folks at Fab. Such choices!

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Pickles? On an In-N-Out burger? Is that one of those off the menu things? Inquiring minds want to know!

                            1. re: Grubber

                              Yes, Grubber, pickles are a standard part of the "animal style" In-N-Out burger. I had one yesterday (just a single - I find that the double-double swallows up the condiments) and it was dandy.

                              1. re: Grubber

                                When you're at In-N-Out, I recently found out you can even asked for "spicy" pickled peppers... and, no, your name doesn't have to be Peter Piper. I don't think you can get them to stick it to your burger but they were giving out these clear plastic packets with a couple of these bright yellow peppers to a few other people the last time I ate inside, and I asked for a pack.

                    2. As spicy burgers are right up my alley, I'll have to say my go-to place for these delights would be The Shack in Playa Del Rey. I've tried to order a spicy burger at other places, but always found myself with a mouth full of JalapeƱo. I'm not saying that these aren't good, but it has a tendency to overwhelm the flavor profile of the rest of the condiments.
                      That said, I usually order the original shack burger and do a bit of customizing which will include their Spicy Beaver Mustard as well as a touch of their spicy buffalo wing sauce. For some reason, the mustard and the wing sauce work extraordinarily well with the natural spice of the Louisiana Sausage that they put on this burger as well. Note that this is a dive bar so don't look for decor, but if you're looking for an awesome spicy burger, this is the place. Cheers!

                      1. Don't know how good the spicy burger is at 26 Beach, but we were just there, and hubby and their chili with pasta and eggs, and the warning says it is not for the faint of heart. Don't order it if you can't take the heat. Let me tell you that I tried a little bite and it stayed with me for a long time. Now he ate it and he likes hot, and he said that every bite and got hotter. But beware, it is just as hot on the other side.

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                        1. re: paprkutr

                          You need to order your burger with the Diablo salsa or ask for some on the side. I would get a 26er with pepper jack, jalapenos, mayo, onions, tomatoes and the salsa diablo. Have some ice cream standing by! Hey, how come they don't do milk shakes, I bet they would make a good one!

                        2. Whole foods deli counter will put RAW sliced jalapeno's (upon request, of course)on your cooked to order burger and it's nice and hot!