Kicking Off "Burger Summer" with the Bacon Cheeseburger at Windsor
As far as I'm concerned, a burger is much more than a piece of meat, it is an experience. There are several different factors that go into making tasty burgers.
The patty is the meat of the burger. Without the patty there is no burger and if the meat tastes like the rear end of a cow then the burger is ruined. Chefs also need ensure that the burger is cooked to perfection. I prefer my burgers prepared medium-to-medium rare. Burgers should be filling and size does matter.
The toppings make the burger special. Toppings do not necessarily have to be innovative; though, a little creativity does go a long way. Without the toppings a regular burger can do the job, but won't wow the taste buds. As Friends' Chandler Bing says, "the cushions are the essence of the chair," just as the toppings are the "essence" of the burger.
Like I said above, eating a burger is an experience. The sides should complement the burger. To me, a burger and French fries are the dynamic duo, like Batman and Robin. Every once in a while, the duo has a falling out and some onion rings or sweet potato fries must fill the void. I know, it's a tough life.
The bun can add a lot to a burger. A bun can be very tasty and allows for some chefs to become quite creative with the burger. Nevertheless, the most important, and underrated, quality of a bun is its ability to hold the burger together. If a bun cannot hold a burger together, than the sauce gets everywhere, the burger starts to fall apart and eating a burger has suddenly turned into a shit show.
This is the value you get from the burger. Some burgers are way too expensive, but occasionally you can hit the jackpot with a low price, and that makes the burger taste so much better.
Now, the actual grading can begin. I ventured to Central Phoenix to taste the bacon cheeseburger at Windsor.