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Aug 7, 2009 10:37 AM

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:

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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.

        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.