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Feb 9, 2011 02:47 PM

I'm almost ashamed, but I have to confess ... I really liked my "donut burger"

You've heard of the donut burger right? Also known as the "Luther Burger"? If not, educate yourself before proceeding.

In any event, I've always thought of the donut burger more of something that belonged in Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum than anything fit for a plate and napkin.

But actually having tried this, or more precisely, actually having made this and tried this, I must confess that this is one fine darn creation. Kudos to you, Mr. Vandross!

So over the weekend I went ahead and made this at home. It was Super Bowl weekend after all.

I picked up a dozen glazed cake donuts from a local shop. Put together my favorite mix of beef for hamburgers (equal parts sirloin, brisket and trimmed oxtail). Caramelized a large batch of onions. Then I went to work.

Halved the donuts, grilled them in my panini press, added the burger, topped with some caramelized onions, a bit of Deli-style spicy mustard, and it was all systems go.

And you know what? This was fabulous. Sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, chewy, juicy and spicy all in one bite. Was this sort of like what peansant's would eat when they dreamt of Beef Wellington? Who cares. And, if it was, color me a peasant.

Now, don't get me wrong, I couldn't eat this everyday (or even regularly) -- it's a bit too rich -- and there's no way I would take this over a "regular" burger, but every once in a while, this really is a nice nice nice (did I say "nice"?) treat to have.

Anyone out there enjoy the Donut Burger, and do you make it at home?

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  1. oh my, that's some greasy hands, you've got there. in the off-chance i'm ever prego, i'll give this a try..

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    1. re: jeniyo

      If you are at all intrigued, you owe yourself to try this at least once -- regardless of whether the stork has paid you a visit or not.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        "Sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, chewy, juicy and spicy all in one bite"

        Seeing as I like all those flavors and textures either alone or especially together, this sounds intriguing, although I'm stuck with Dunkin' for my local glazed donut source.

    2. Our state fair had Krispy Kreme burgers this past year. The Spouse and the Offspring partook. The Spouse's opinion was, "Eh." The Offspring thought it was the best thing since...sliced donuts? I have no qualms or prejudices about junk food but as much as I love both donuts and burgers, I just coudn't bring myself to even taste one.

      I don't encourage my family to eat like that at home. As a once in a big while, special occasion treat, though, they're just fine.

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      1. re: rockycat

        Forgot to add...the donut burgers at the Fair had cheese and bacon, too.

      2. In my heart I know this is delicious without even tasting it!
        And if your burger is on a regular bun, but you're "washing it down" with a Coke -- what's the difference?

        1. ipsedixit, I stand there with you in the hall of "almost shame." My head is bowed, and my eyes are downcast, but my mental gears are whirring, as in, "where can I I have to make it myself....I wonder if they'd like those up at work......."

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          1. re: mamachef

            "I wonder if they'd like those up at work"

            Hell, yes.

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              That's what I thought too....after all, the batter-fried mac n cheese was a strong contender for best. thing. ever, so why not give 'em an honest-to-goodness trashystyle treat?
              I think I'll actually take orders on that one, and offer an option, though.....just in case somebody up and goes on a health kick. It's happened. Kids. Unpredictable. : )

              1. re: mamachef

                There's gotta be a way to turn that batter fried mac and cheese into a cheeseburger bun.

                1. re: chowser

                  Chowser! (tickticktick, would I do that? you've got me thinking......!)
                  That belongs on the "Food So Wrong, It's Right" board.

                  1. re: mamachef

                    I'm thinking this could be our next family birthday meal... Make mac and cheese in a sheet pan. Cut squares. Bread and pan fry.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Well, that's almost the exact recipe for the mac and cheese that I use, although mine did call for a batter. But my question is, what then? You square it (though you could use a wide-mouth jar to cut out big circles, or..hey!hey! just a knife) and then you'd sandwich your bacon burger and trimmings between?
                      Oh ho ho ho. My chest hurts just thinking about it. But my mouth waters at the same time.

                      1. re: mamachef

                        I have these small heart shaped silicon pans I've never used. Maybe I could make heart shaped mac and cheese burgers...

                        1. re: chowser

                          We have a popular English style fish 'n chips shop in Brooklyn, ironically called Chip Shop, that deep fries balls of batter dipped mac and cheese, among other deep fried delicacies, some to ghastly to mention, even @ CH. Sounds like mamachef had a similar preparation, probably more than once, haha.

                          You can certainly bread chilled squares or any shape, and pan fry. Nice vehicle for a burger. I like that better than the donut suggestion, TBK.

                          1. re: bushwickgirl

                            I've had deep fried mac and cheese balls and they weren't as good as I would have expected. I want it to ooze creaminess but it didn't. I think in order to get it to hold in a ball, you can't have it too creamy. Maybe freezing it first, somewhat would help. Or, maybe just add a piece of cheese in the middle of the ball.

                            1. re: chowser

                              Yes, the mac and cheese has to be very cheesy, but not necessarily creamy, quite firm, in fact. Then of course it has to be quite well deep fried to reconstitute itselt right to the center. Inserting a piece of cheese in the middle is a good thought.

                              The ones at the forementiond Chip Shop have a crunchy batter crust and ooze cheesey goodness, but are fairly firm, sort of like how leftover mac and cheese behaves when it's reheated.

          2. Awesome. I keep thinking I need to try this at home too.