The hamburger. King of fast food land. While its popularity has gone down from the 70’s and 80’s, it is still the undisputed leader. Fried chicken. Burritos. Tacos. All pretenders to the throne.
Last year Time Magazine came out with their list of the most influential burgers of all time. Here is their list:
- 17. The Krusty Burger – A fictional burger named for a character on the Simpsons. This shouldn’t even be on the list in my opinion.
- 16. The Ghost Burger – Famous because of a stunt where a Catholic communion wafer was placed on the burger. Again, off the list.
- 15. The Varsity Burger – A famous Atlanta burger. Even though I’ve never lived in Atlanta, I’ve heard of this one. Deserves its place.
- 14. The Umami Burger – One of the first high-end burgers and the start of a cuisine.
- 13. The Ray’s Hell Burger – Hot as hell and worth its place.
- 12. The Ramen Burger – Another stunt that uses ramen cakes as the bun. Off the list.
- 11. The MOS Burger – A famous burger in Japan.
- 10. The Jucy Lucy – A cheese stuffed burger that has been around for a while.
- 9. The Lab-Grown Burger – Not very influential yet but will be.
- 8. The Quadruple Bypass Burger – One of the burgers that has received the most negative press out there. It is an in-your-face burger.
- 7. The ShackBurger – The influence of this is nothing compared to In-n-out but since Time is based in New York, they get the nod.
- 6. The Gardenburger – A burger for the non-meat eating masses. Add a lot of condiments.
- 5. The Burger King Whopper – Have it your way was a new twist on fast service.
- 4. The 21 Burger – Another high-class burger. Should be well down on the list, but again Time is based in New York.
- 3. The In-N-Out Burger – When a fast food burger joint becomes a destination point for millions of tourists, it deserves this place.
- 2. The McDonald’s Burger – The granddaddy of the burger trade. The rest of the list is a footnote if this wasn’t around.
- 1. The White Castle Slider – My father loved these. Me? No.
There are HUGE omissions here. My additions…..
- The Big Mac – How can any burger list be complete without it? When a universal economic measure is based on the product, it is influential!
- The Big Boy – Whether you go to Bob’s, Frisch’s or Shoney’s, the Big Boy is classic.
- A&W Bacon Cheeseburger – It was the first chain restaurant to offer one.
Low Carb Greek Turkey Burgers
While this won’t make the influential list, it sure is yummy.
A few more ingredients than your basic burger.
Think of making a Greek salad without the olives (thankfully).
The turkey burgers.
An unfortunate issue with turkey burgers, they never get that lovely color.
Low Carb Greek Turkey Burgers
Servings: Serves 4
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 pound ground turkey
1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 tablespoon buttermilk
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
In a mixing bowl, mix together the egg, turkey, crumbs, buttermilk and seasoning. I use very clean hands to get it all mushed together. Form four patties, salt and pepper them to taste.
In another, smaller mixing bowl, mix together the tomato, cucumber and feta. Salt and pepper to taste and toss lightly. Refrigerate until needed.
Preheat grill. Grill turkey patties on both sides, about five minutes on each side. Turkey should be cooked through and not pink. Serve with Tomato Feta Relish on the top.
Nutritional Info: Per Serving: 286 Calories; 15g Fat; 26g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 153mg Cholesterol; 412mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 Fat.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: A great big green salad and bowl of baby carrots and cherry tomatoes (go easy low carbers). Non-low-carbers, throw the burger on a whole wheat bun!