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May 23, 2010 / Tony

Burger of the Angels

Perhaps you’ve heard of the “Luther Burger.” It is a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between a grilled Krispy Kreme doughnut. (You can see some back ground here in a CBS Article and a Blog Post .) Go ahead and let that bit of genius sink into your head. Wacky as it sounds, I think it’s a pretty good idea in theory. (I have not tasted this burger.) Like many Asian dishes, the idea of pairing sweet and savory together is sound culinary sense. The two flavors play off of each other and complement each other while keeping each other in check. If given the opportunity, I’d not have a second thought about eating the Luther Burger. I mean, why not?

However, alas, I do not have the opportunity to taste said burger. I’ve not seen it in North Dakota (it appears the burger is spreading via the fair circuit) and the Fargo, ND Krispy Kreme store closed a few years back. Hence, I can’t buy it and I can’t make it at home. But that doesn’t mean I can’t use it as inspiration. . . Introducing the Burger of the Angels:

Burger of the Angels

For 2 burgers

10 oz ground chunk

2 T soy sauce

Freshly ground black pepper

4 slices of bacon, cooked

2 oz sliced cheddar cheese

4 slices angel food cake, preferably homemade

Mayonnaise

Combine the soy sauce, beef, and black pepper. Let marinate in the fridge for about 2 hours. Meanwhile, preheat your grill for medium heat. Shape the beef into two patties and then grill to your desired doneness. Just before the burgers are done, place the cheese slices on the burgers to melt. When melted, move the burgers off the grill. Then grill each side of the angel food cake slices.

To assemble the burgers, slather one side of a cake slice with mayonnaise. Place the burger on top of that slice, put on the bacon, and serve immediately.

The result? A supremely luscious burger. The angel food cake, while delicate, holds up well and provides enough support for the beef. It also adds a nice subtle sweetness that marries well with the saltiness of the burger. I have to think this is even better than a sh***** Krispy Kreme doughnut.

BTW, apologies for the poor picture. The camera battery was dead and I had to take the picture with my crappy cell phone camera.

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