From the elk burger at Wildwood Bar and Grill here in Rochester to a duck burger on the winter-spring menu at the Ole Café Restaurant in Northfield, options abound for burger lovers. Even vegetarians have their pick of burgers in the area, from black bean to lentil to mushroom burgers.
Here are three local “items in a bun” which go beyond the basic beef burger.
The Grilled Mushroom Sandwich at Beetles Bar and Grill on Second Street hits the mark for non-meat burgers. An olive oil and garlic marinated Portobello is served on a toasted bun topped with roasted red bell peppers and crumbled feta cheese. A generous spread of fresh, homemade pesto sauce is spread on the top bun half.
Mac’s Greek Restaurant has created a knockout Hummus Burger. They take their homemade hummus, then pack and cut in squares before frying it on a griddle. The result is a patty that is crispy on the outside. The exact method used to hold the patty together is a kitchen secret.
For beef eaters, Chester’s Kitchen and Bar offers an extraordinarily creative burger that packs amazing flavors: their Stroganoff Burger. Topped with sautéed fresh mushrooms, a brandy-cream sauce, caramelized onions, crispy angel hair pasta and a dollop of sour cream, the outer charring on the beef patty adds flavor and texture.