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Oct 3, 2010 02:46 AM

Hamburgers vs. Pizza

My wife has a burning passion for pizza; for her it is the ultimate food. She loves it because you can put anything on it and it works. There are no rules for pizza. She loves traditional Neopolitan style and new creations from California Pizza Kitchen alike.

For me it is hamburgers. I love all types from the White Castle burger to the ones grilled on my barbecue at home. I love them with any combination of the following: bacon, Cheddar, Swiss, lettuce, tomatoes, onions (grilled or fresh), bleu cheese, pickles, roasted peppers, pepperjack, ham, fried egg, mayonnaise, 1000 island, French's yellow mustard, dijon, get the idea.

My question is this...Which camp do you fall into; and why? And what does your ultimate pizza or burger look like?

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  1. I am a minimalist............
    Born and bred in New Haven, I like mt Apizza extra thin with just sauce and a sprinkling of grated Romano Cheese. If the family insists on toppings, then some thin sliced onions and mushrooms are ok.
    Burgers I like big, thick, rare and juicy with salt an pepper on a poppy seeded toasted kaiser roll. No toppings or condiments. OR pot the burger on the plate with a side of iceberg lettuce, pickle or pickled red cabbage and eat with knife and fork.

    Apizza I eat at least once a week, hamburger about every 10 days. I guess that puts me in the Apizza camp. BUT no doughy thick crust, deep dish or pan pizza passes my lips. If I can't get New Haven style, I'll settle for NY.

    1. I have a friend who could eat pizza every day...and I am beginning to suspect that she does. But I have some problems digesting cooked tomatoes, so put me the hamburger camp. I used to think I had never met a burger I didn't like, but then once in the early 80s I ate one from 7-11 (heat & eat) and finally met the Worst Burger Evah. Blecch!

      I am always trying to recreate my Dream Cheeseburger, which was a staple of my youth in Stinson Beach, CA (Parkside snack stand). It's pretty simple: burger, melty yellow cheese, raw chopped red onions, dill pickles, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato. But I have to say, the cheeseburgers with Chipotle Mayo that my friend makes are pretty damn good :)

      1. Living in the NY/NJ area, I fall in the pizza camp. I REALLY could eat a good Neapolitan or Tomato pie on a daily basis.
        If I lived in Chicago or Calif, I'd opt for hamburgers.

        1. Why would anyone fall into one camp or the other?

          10 Replies
          1. re: tommy

            I agree. I love both verrrrrrrrrrry much! :)

            1. re: junglekitte

              I'm with tommy and junglekitte. I love both; I could never pick just one!

              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                Totally agree, I refuse to choose. :)

                I will say that while pretty much any type of good-quality pizza is delicious, griddled hamburgers beat out grilled burgers every time.

                1. re: Becca Porter

                  That makes me ask, how do you define "good-quality" pizza?

                  1. re: tommy

                    Umm... yea. Around here in Louisiana it is basically Johnny's (a local favorite, good but not great. Light years better than the national chains though.)

                    or Porter House, which is my house. :)

                    I have never had pizza that I just couldn't eat though.

            2. re: tommy

              Not me, I'm a carvivore

                  1. re: Veggo

                    I figured, given the embedded pun, that you'd say "Ouch!" each time someone bites down.

                    No comment from me on the isomer concept of "Veggo buggers".

                    1. re: FoodFuser

                      It's part of a learning / teaching process.

            3. definitely definitely definitely definitely hamburger . for me it varies day to day and sometimes less. Here in westchester we re actually getting too many good choices of each. great pizza must have rthe right crust ,sauce and topping and ratio of all 3.part of the appeal though is no 2 even from same locale are exactly the same. new local choices (some just new to me) include anthony's coal oven _does not try to be ny pizza but very good franks in port chester very good. burgers i prefer more of a fast food and toppings to cover meat sins (i like five guys with lots of toppings even if well done) inn n out is not around. schnippers in nyc ,shake shack would love to try burger garage also burger shakes and fries locally

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              1. re: rich51

                We just got a five guys in Salem, OR. It is far and away the best burger served in a paper sack.