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Jan 18, 2011 05:58 AM

Spotted Pig Burger - Frozen Patty???

As I was on my way out of the Spotted Pig last night I saw a line cook walk through the front door with a tray of perfectly round and flat, stacked burger patties. Suffice it to say, they looked like frozen patties. Not that it really matters as these are great burgers, but does the Spotted Pig really use frozen patties? Just curious - anyone know?

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. maybe it was for staff meal? hard to believe they would buy their burgers from another restaurant or vendor.

    1. They do get the patties pre-ground and already formed by Pat LaFrieda, so I'm not surprised you saw a tray of them perfectly round and flat and stacked.

      1. Quote from a recent New Yorker article on April Bloomfield:

        "A cook named Hagar unveiled a hotel pan jammed with patties that had been made a few hours earlier. 'They don’t have that bright-red bloom to them,”'Bloomfield said. 'When you make burgers, it’s good to let them rest for a bit.'"

        Seems to imply they're not frozen.

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        1. re: Humbucker

          This. I imagine they keep them stored similarly to frozen burgers (i.e., flat and stacked), but I definitely don't think they're frozen.

          1. re: loratliff

            Agreed, especially after reading the piece on April Bloomfield in The New Yorker, which included a bit about her perfectionist tendencies concerning the burgers. In my experience, the Pat LaFrieda burgers are uniformly shaped and shockingly symmetrical (a bit too much, for my likes).