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Sep 5, 2012 10:15 AM

Loosely-Compacted Burgers With Crunchy Highlights

Amid the hyper-profusion of upscale burger joints, is anyone grilling mishapen, loosely-compacted burgers with crunchy highlights (and juicy centers)? Or are they all pucks?

I've attached an example photo, from Town-Topic burgers in Kansas City.

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    1. A Hamburger Today calls this the smash technique:

      Have you tried Smashburger in Brooklyn?

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      1. The singles at Shake Shack used to be pretty close, and often misshapen. Guess they're not crispy or flattened enough.

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        1. re: sugartoof

          I don't need flat. Just loosely compacted!

          And Shake Shack has never really floated my boat.

        2. I seem to recall burgers like that at JG Melon.

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          1. re: southernitalian

            +1 for JG Melon w/ a side of cottage fries

            Smashburger - meh

            I miss the All-State on W. 72nd st.

          2. Thanks. Keep the tips coming!

            Again, not necessarily flat, not necessarily real crispy, and not just "misshapen". What I'm looking for is really loose, messy compaction.

            I'm gonna do a grand tour...could use a couple more.

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              1. re: Jim Leff

                Mollys 22 and 3rd. Crispy and mis-shapen and oh so good.