Friday, July 30, 2010

Some Great Hamburger Art (and some not so great hamburger art)


Yummy Photo by exposed13

Burger Politics


Apparently Barack Obama isn't the only one who goes for burgers... Although it appears that the Canadian doesn't actually eat a hamburger.

More Great Burger Pictures


Silhouette of cheese burger and summer garden vegetables Photo By dragonflii_butterfly

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Exactly what is needed; A Fab Hot Dogs for hamburgers


Over on the left coast, Jonathan Gold writes about a restaurant in Los Angeles where you can get a variety of regional dogs. Or as he writes: "a Carolina slaw dog and a North Jersey Italian hot dog, a Bald Eagle and a Midwestern-style Coney dog." Personally my favorite line is "the frankfurter diaspora."

It occurred to me, especially after seeing the film Hamburger America, that doing something like for the hamburger would be wonderful. Instead of having to travel all over the place (whether it was the country or Montreal is irrelevant) all you would need to do is park yourself in one seat and eat to your heart's content! Guber Burgers, Butter Burgers, Deep Fried Burgers, along with everything that didn't make the cut in the film all in one place - Awesome!

More on Cheeseburger Baby


The Current Theme Song


Is called Cheeseburger Baby and it is by Voluntary Mother Earth.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Episode 64: Five Guys

Episode 64: Five Guys [11:48]
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In today's episode Chris 'Zeke' Hand and Ryk 'E Coli' Edelstein drive to what seems the end of the earth, but is in fact Vaudreuil, so that they can visit and eat at the very first Five Guys restaurant in Quebec. Why Five Guys? Why Vaudreuil?

Five Guys in Vaudreuil

But before we get into the complete Five Guys experience, and answer questions like those, we need to back up slightly - actually a lot. Five Guys, in Quebec (and eastern Ontario) is run by Wayne Sellers and Caleb Koeppel. They met playing hockey, but not where you think. And then an introduction to Ryk 'E Coli' Edelstein is de rigueur. (If you are interested; e coli is a gram negative rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most E. coli strains are harmless, they are part of the normal flora of the gut, and can benefit their hosts by producing vitamin K2, and by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine.)

E Coli

Here at the Montreal Burger Report we start with a checklist. A checklist of things to pay attention to, a checklist of things to concentrate on, and a checklist to focus us on the task at hand - eating hamburgers and cheeseburgers. In this episode we go over the items on the checklist.

A Checklist

Five Guys burgers and fries is located at 54, boulevard de la Cite-des-Jeunes in Vaudreuil. Their phone number is 450-510-0710 and they are open seven days a week from 11AM to 10PM.

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In a nutshell; The Montreal Burger Report is My Dinner with Andre meets Rocky & Bullwinkle at Martin Picard's place. It is a radio show & podcast where Zeke and E Coli go out have a couple of burgers, some pop and talk about them and to the people who make them. There is a new episode available every Wednesday morning at and on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal. If you would like to write to us, our email address is

The Montreal Burger Report is your source for the most in depth and comprehensive coverage about hamburgers, cheeseburgers, both with and without bacon in Montreal.

This episode of the Montreal Burger Report was written and produced by Chris Zeke Hand. We would graciously like to thank CKUT for their support, and YOU for listening.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IGA has some serious marketing talent


In the summer issue of Inspired (the in-house advertisement dressed up like a magazine for IGA) they had a hamburger on the cover,

so I, naturally, had to pick it up. Nothing special inside, just a whole bunch of advertisements and a whack of recipes using things you can only buy at IGA. But what jumped out at me was the phrase butcher-style technique. They use it to describe some of their new hamburger products. But what I want to know is what exactly does it mean?

Freer interprovincial trade in meat?


It appears that more and more barriers are coming down. According to Meat Trade News Daily (yes, I read 'em all) one of the results of all the Agriculture Ministers' meeting in Saskatoon was a pledge toward creating pilot projects toward freer interprovincial trade in meat. Basically getting something figured out so that provincially inspected abattoirs can sell their meat interprovincially.

On first blush, I'm not so certain I like this idea...

Great Signs From Some Burger Joints


Max & Emma's Big Burger Photo by smartbunny

Monday, July 26, 2010

Teatro Hamburger making


Got a nice video here from the Teatro Restaurant in Calgary about making burgers. Personally, I like the use of a knife (and not a grinder) to chop the meat. But I think he handles it just a little bit too much.

L'Epicerie on Ketchup, Mustard & Relish


Looks like I can get a couple of videos out of the way all at once. Back in June L'épicerie did a 5 minute segment on condiments (thankfully at the beginning of the show). doesn't do embedding, so click here if you'd like to watch.

Or I can summarize: Three cooks, Michel Daviau from Frites Alors, Simon Frechette from Les Belles Sœurs and Peirre-Luc Chevalier from La Cantine sit around on a deck. They dip french fries into ketchup, hot dog bits into mustard, and eat relish using a spoon. They make inane comments ("mmmm," "this is good," "I don't like this one," etc) while tasting. And then somehow they decide which ones are best.

Given that Frites Alors uses pre-peeled potatoes, I'm inclined to discount anything and everything M. Daviau says. And as they are only tasting industrial food, I also question why anyone would want to eat it. But according to them (but I don't know how they chose) Selection, President's Choice and Heinz Organic are the best ketchups, Heinz has the best mustard, and No Name is the best relish.

Yeah, right...

The Great Hamburger Pictures never stop...


So my best intentions for July went out the window. But I'm back with more pictures and more podcasts about Hamburgers. I hope you are enjoying your summer as well.

My Burger (Best in show) Photo by Zdenko Zivkovic

Monday, July 12, 2010

Morer Good Lookin' Cheeseburger Pictures


Delicious cheeseburger with onion rings. Also known as the Rox Burger, Photo by horsepj

Photo by staceymccool

Bulldog Bacon Cheeseburger Photo by Monkey River Town

Fat Burger Photo by pgsvensk

The Piemonte Whopper Photo by Rubber Slippers In Italy

Friday, July 9, 2010

Ricardo tries to do Burgers


And being the big star that he is, he tries to do something new. Namely using ground chicken to make his burgers and using the ground beef to make more kebab-like food. It doesn't work for me, although my main, major and big complaint is that he handles his food too much.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Yet another set of good lookin' burgers


The Brie Burger Photo by spcbrass

Cheesburger & Pommes Frites Photo by JaBB

Cheeseburger From the Habit Burger grill Photo by Harvey-Harv

Roseleaf Burger Photo by Falling Sky

Hamburger Photo by _gem_

This how not to teach your children to cook


'Nuff said.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Episode 63: Burger de Ville

Episode 63: Burger de Ville [10:44]
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In today's episode Chris Zeke Hand and Linda Extra Pickles Besner continue talking with Red Whaba proprietor extraordinaire of the latest and greatest entry on the Montreal Burger Scene. He talks about the future plans for Burger de Ville. Zeke and Extra Pickles then close the joint and Zeke debriefs Extra Pickles on her Montreal Burger Report experience.

Burger de Ville is located at 59 Westminster in Montreal West, their phone number is 514 564 9902 and they are open seven days a week from 11 in the morning to 9 at night.

The Montreal Burger Report is a radio show & podcast where Zeke and Extra Pickles go out have a couple of burgers, some beer and talk about them. It is your source for the most in depth and comprehensive coverage about hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and sliders in Montreal. There is a new episode available every Wednesday morning at and on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal. If you would like to write to us, our email address is

Burger de Ville

Address: 59 Westminster
Phone Number: +1 (514) 564-9902

This episode of the Montreal Burger Report was written and produced by Chris Zeke Hand. We would graciously like to thank CKUT for their support, The Sweetback Sisters and the one the only the incomparable Brad Slyde of for the music, and YOU for listening.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Victoria Burger Blog does Toronto


While I was relaxing, The Victoria Burger Blog was touring the country. Specifically, Toronto. Personally, I want to know when they are going to show up here?

20 'new' hamburger joints in the United States


The now web only version of Bon Appetit lists 10 but βurgerβusiness takes exception with Bon Appetit's definition of new, and lists another 10.

Brasserie T! getting good press


First from La Presse, Rue Frontenac, The Gazette, and one, two three, four more.

The reason I mention it here, is that apparently there is a hamburger on the menu...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Some Great Burger Pictures


While it hasn't quite been as relaxing as I had hoped, the break has proved to be interesting to say the least. There have been (and will continue to be) changes here, there, and elsewhere, most notably; I'm going to try to publish three new posts on or about hamburgers and cheeseburgers in Montreal before 9AM every day that there isn't an episode podcast. And then, depending on how things go, I might start changing the nature of the podcasts, somewhat. But more on that development if and when it happens.

The Strasburger Photo by voteprime

burger with milkshake and fries horizontal Photo by MLA 2.0

Cheeseburger Photo by mhaithaca

Roasted Garlic Cheeseburger Photo by amanky

Photo by timothybscott

Good Lookin' Burger Joint Signs


Burger Barn Photo by vintage roadtrip

Samo's Photo by avilon_music

Top Notch Photo by pianoforte109

What kinda burger ya got there? Photo by Lynn Altevogt

Sonic Drive In Photo by the Gallopping Geezer

Red Robin Photo by {super}nova

Hamburger Art


Bartley's Photo by axlsouetre

4/360 Photo by PandaRevolution

Hamburger Hill Photo by kooky love