July may be National Hot Dog Month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show the (arguably superior) hamburger some love to close out the month. We’ve all had that one burger that really wowed us, but what was it about the burger that made us wish we had space to punch just one more notch in our belt? Chances are, whoever designed the burger (and let’s be honest, these people are architects and burger toppings are their tools), took a chance on something a little unexpected for a burger and won.
These unpredictable hamburger masterpieces aren’t hidden away in some far off land. No, they’re right here in metro Detroit!
Two weeks ago, Rusted Crow Detroit was opened to the masses. Those who know Rusted Crow Distillery in Dearborn Heights will be familiar with the brand, but where Distillery specializes in craft liquors, the Detroit location takes the Rusted Crow brand and runs it straight across the foodie finish line. The burgers on tap at RCD feature some run of the mill options like the “Fried Egg” and the “Mushroom and Swiss.” But, there is one burger that caught my eye: the “Mac and Cheese.” Were it not for the fact that it is listed under the “Burgers” subhead, I wouldn’t believe I was getting a burger with a mac and cheese patty and bacon on top. It’s a rarity to find someone that doesn’t love mac and cheese — even more rare to find someone who wouldn’t at least try it on their burger.
Ale Mary’s made its mark last year as it was a part of the Detroit Free Press/Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Top 10 Takeover series in 2015, a series of the ten best new restaurants in metro Detroit. With 28 beers on tap, 64 in bottles and three in cans, Ale Mary’s has its craft beer game on lock. But, what about its burger game? Look no further than the “Duck Confit Poutine Burger. That’s right, a burger with poutine on it. Taking one of its popular appetizers, Ale Mary’s burger here takes its Duck Confit Poutine and layers it on a burger with white cheddar cheese curds, spring mix and serves it with beer battered fries.
Cutter’s, located inside Eastern Market, offers up popular American cuisine that includes burgers of all kinds. The burgers on Cutter’s menu that will set itself apart from the typical fare of American dining are the stuffed burgers. Cutter’s offers eight different styles of stuffed burgers, each with a type of cheese, like pepper jack, cheddar and mozzarella, melted directly into the beef patty. Go Italian with the “Stuffed Mozzarella Cheese and Beef Pepperoni Burger” or head to the tropics with the “Stuffed Hawaiian Burger” (soy sauce, oregano, topped with a pineapple).
Food Exchange has made its name as a Detroit-local restaurant serving “Fabulous Food not Fast Food” with burger meat that is delivered each day to the restaurant from Eastern Market to ensure quality and freshness. The menu sports the usual suspects of American eateries, like burgers, salads, sandwiches and more, but the “Big Harvey” is Food Exchange’s burger you write home about. It’s a 12 oz. burger stands out from the crowd with a slice of steak gently laid on top of your typical cheeseburger toppings.
With locations across the midwest (two of which are in metro Detroit), B Spot Burgers is the only chain location on this list, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a burger-sized wallop. Enter New Jack City, a burger with chorizo sausage, avocado, salsa verde, roasted red peppers, red onion and pepper jack cheese. The chorizo sausage is clearly the key identifier here, but all of the ingredients together are what make the New Jack City burger one to dine for (see what I did there?).