“You’re Actually the Burger King”

Those exact words came out of my mouth tonight. After 3 1/2 hours of hiking around, correction, scrambling around Mount Lemmon scouting climbing routes, the boyfriend and I decided to make hamburgers for dinner. At first it was this major brainstorm on the way down the mountain to think of the most unique and delicious burger possible. Now fast forward forty-five minutes, and visualize us sitting in the car in the parking lot of Sunflower Market still trying to decide. It was at that point that the food brain took over and suggested, “how about a classic burger combo, a little lettuce, some cheese, tomato and ketchup?” “OOOOOOOH yeah that sounds awesome”, our stomach’s echoed, and before we knew it the choice was made.

We also picked up some Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale to top off the feast.

I don’t have step-by-step pictures because I think (and hope) that all of you know how to put together a burger. It’s like food Jenga, you try to pile as much on but be sure it doesn’t fall over! I did a slight variation of the “classic” by making my own olive tapenade and spreading it on the bottom bun. We also made some oven fries.



  • Ground bison
  • Tomato
  • Pickle Slices
  • Ketchup
  • Lettuce
  • Butter
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Monterey Jack Cheese

    Olive Tapenade

    • 10 Kalamata Olives
    • 1 garlic clove


    1. Form ground bison (or beef) into patties. I make mine about 3 oz. Heat a skillet and once hot, pour enough oil to coat the pan. Place burgers in pan and for these sized patties cook for two minutes on the first side and three to four minutes on the other side. We like them pretty rare in the middle. Once cooked let rest for five minutes.
    2. For the tapenade I threw like ten olives and a garlic clove in the food processor and let it go until it was paste-ish.
    3. Butter the buns and spread tapenade on the bottom one and a slice of monterey jack cheese on the other and then toast until crispy on the outside and the cheese is melted.
    4. Dress them up with whatever you like. We threw on tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and ketchup.
    5. Eat, drink, and get psyched because this burger is amazing & so is the beer. Mmmmmmm.

    p.s. no calorie count for this one, you don’t wanna know.

    3 responses to ““You’re Actually the Burger King”

    1. whoa you have a food blog. that’s so cool. i’m telling everyone.

    2. Yummy! I’ve been doing a lot of burger investigation lately in LA. I actually had and enjoyed In ‘n Out recently, then there is Umami, and of course some local pub deliciousness. Good work peeps.

    3. I love your Blog! I especially love the dinosaurs and am so glad you gave them a home. I read all of your posts (you’ve NEVER had a chicken McNugget? Wow!) and look forward to the next one! Say hi to the boyfriend and happy cooking.

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