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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Jul 11, 2019.

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best burger topping

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Takeout DraftFood. Fantasy sports. Debating over Slack. Welcome to The Takeout Draft.  

Welcome, dear readers, to The Takeout Draft, our recurring feature that combines our love of food, fantasy sports, and arguing on Slack.

Every week, we will select a topic of conversation from the food and drink world. Takeout staffers will then field a team via the snake draft format. After five rounds, The...

Kinja Kinja Jul 10, 2019.

Presenting the Unified Theory of Burgerdom

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There’s a storyline in the third season of Parks And Recreation, in which two men square off over an issue that sits close to the heart of many. In it, Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) each prepare a burger.

Their burger cook-off rests on an ostensibly simple choice: turkey or beef. “Turkey can never beat cow, Chris,” Swanson says, in explanation of a victory...

Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jul 08, 2019.

McDonald’s is removing all artificial preservatives and colors from its classic burgers

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In a move the company is billing as important as serving breakfast all day or switching from frozen beef to fresh, McDonald’s announced today that its classic beef burgers will no longer use artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, and without “added colors from artificial sources.”

The move to towards a more natural product (including using fresh instead of frozen beef) follows a 2016...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 06, 2019.

Must-have Chrome extension swaps images of Donald Trump for this cheeseburger

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While most Americans chose last week to bid adieu at last to the incompetent reality star who hijacked the American political process through a unique blend of hate speech and bluster, a smaller group of Americans has instead succeeded in making him president. It’s been a tough week.

If you cannot deign to look at his face—that orange blur of puckered lips and ruddy, furious jowls—or want...

Dominick Suzanne-Mayer Dominick Suzanne-Mayer Jul 01, 2019.

Paula Deen Paula Deens a burger

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It’s hard to say what makes a truly great burger, and we here at The Takeout are always trying our damnedest to solve that long-running question. Is the secret in the toppings? The bun? The proper hand-to-mouth stance? Its emergence from a Steak ‘n Shake kitchen?

There are a lot of ways to make a great burger, even if many will bring out the purists anew. But on a recent episode of Fox &...

Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Jul 31, 2018. 9 comments

Buy a Big Mac at McDonald's, get a MacCoin, redeemable for free Big Mac

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In 1967, an owner-operator of McDonald’s outside Pittsburgh named Michael “Jim” Delligatti came up with a burger that featured two beef patties, a middle bun, cheese, pickles, lettuce, onions, and a Thousand Island-like sauce. He originally named it “Aristocrat” and “Blue Ribbon Burger,” but an advertising agency thought a more catchy name would be Big Mac. The next year, in 1968, the burger...

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Stacey Ballis Stacey Ballis Jul 15, 2018. 13 comments

Cheeseburger grits casserole for brunch is so wrong and so right

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Summer brunch for a crowd can be a bit daunting. All those dishes, many which have to be served hot to be their peak deliciousness (we’re looking at you, eggs), and all done in the morning when many of us are not at our most efficient. Having some make-ahead casseroles in your repertoire can make brunch life much more manageable but can also get a bit boring. Your basic baked eggs or hashed...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Jul 01, 2018. 24 comments

The 20-minute freezer trick for juicier burgers

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While The Takeout has espoused the wonders of the smashed burger, the classic thick, grilled, pink-in-the-middle patty remains the preferred tack among burgermeisters. With this approach, there is one goal above all others: Keep that burger juicy. It’s a binary proposition separating success from failure.

One way of achieving this is to use a cut of beef with a higher fat composition, such as...

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Ilana Gordon Ilana Gordon May 10, 2018. 21 comments

The fried-cheese burger is a marvel of flavor and architecture

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As a state, Connecticut is so small, it barely warrants a professional sports team (no offense to the Hartford Yard Goats). Outsiders associate the state with New Haven pizza, common-sense gun regulations, and unchecked affluence. Rarely are people aware that the state is home to one of the best cheeseburgers in the whole nation.

I grew up in Manchester, Connecticut, around the corner from

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Kinja Kinja Apr 15, 2018. 21 comments

Is a hot dog healthier than a hamburger?, asks unnecessary report

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Some questions don’t need answering. Take this one, for example—“Which is healthier: a hot dog or a hamburger?”

But that’s what a recent NBC News report set out to confirm. The report acknowledges in the second paragraph that the answer is “neither of them is healthy, what the hell were you expecting,” but hey, NBC News goes for it anyway. Let’s assume that once one has finished one’s giant...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Feb 22, 2018. 24 comments

This cheeseburger has 1/3 less fat and you’ll never notice the difference

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Umami Issues is The Takeout’s exploration of cooking food with the rich, savory, mysterious taste sensation known as umami

Let’s just acknowledge that we’d be better off if we ate less meat. But then there’s the tough part: Meat is just so damned delicious! How do we break free from our addiction? I can’t envision dipping my toes into the pool of black bean burgers without recoiling with the...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Dec 04, 2017. 7 comments

Wendy's Giant Junior Bacon Cheeseburger was fast food's greatest burger and now you can't get it

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Why is fast food a pejorative? It carries the perception of mediocrity, as food for people of a lower social standing, and I’ve always found that unfair and classist. Truth is, that a restaurant could expeditiously serve a fried chicken with the consistency and quality of Popeye’s—even if it’s been sitting under a heating lamp—is remarkable. We conflate the ready availability of a food as...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Nov 30, 2017. 10 comments

Google blew it by putting cheese on top of their burger emoji, expert says

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This is how life in 2017 operates: A series of fleeting moments—with the world exploding and doom encroaching and everywhere a shit-splattered hellscape—where we’re able to fixate on something totally stupid and inconsequential, react with exaggerated sentiments, then return to the ceaseless and horrifying misery that is living.

Sooo... what are we fixated on today? It’s the placement of...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Sep 28, 2017. 24 comments

Beef, salt, and elbow grease: The simple smashed burger is an engineering marvel

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In Acquired Tastes, The A.V. Club explores the food and drinks we can’t live without.

Roughly 10 years have passed since the great national burger freakout took hold. No one knew when or where it began, nor the identity of burger patient zero, but seemingly overnight our nation fell into a mania not seen since Ray Kroc franchised a fast-food hamburger concept from brothers Richard and Maurice...

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