Burger Revolution at Central Market

Categories: Burger Break

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Carrie Applegate Jaeger
Cowboy Burger
Are you guilty of creating boring burgers with uninspired toppings? Central Market is here to rescue you. Now through July 5, the store is featuring burgers and their sidekicks throughout the store. David Kiser, Head of Central Market's Cooking School, said the burgers and displays are designed to encourage people to think outside the box when it comes to this summer staple.

David recently cooked up four of the prepared burgers Central Market is offering - two beef burgers (Cowboy and Jalapeno Cheddar) and two turkey burgers (Bruschetta and Cranberry Gorgonzola). The Cowboy Burger is a smoky, spicy, meaty patty flavored with Andouille sausage seasoning, which David served topped with bacon and a delicious Cotswold cheese from Long Clawson Dairy. The Jalapeno Cheddar Burger, served on a tasty, salty pretzel roll, is just plain delicious.

If you prefer something a little leaner, the turkey burgers are for you. David warns that turkey can often be dry, but these flavorful little gems definitely were not. The Turkey Bruschetta Burger bursts with garden flavors, while the Cranberry Gorgonzola Burger has a nice sweet-savory balance.

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Carrie Applegate Jaeger
Turkey Cranberry Gorgonzola Burger
In addition, Central Market is offering several other beef and turkey burger options as well as lamb, bison and seafood (salmon with dill, tuna, shrimp or crab). Vegetarians, fear not. Gorgeous vegetables, such as squash, eggplant and portabellas, are just waiting for you to grill up and make into a burger. How good does grilled eggplant topped with mozzarella and marinara sound?

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Carrie Applegate Jaeger
Burger Revolution is not just about the burger itself. Condiments, ranging from the ordinary ketchup, mustard and mayo (please use Duke's, implores David), to the less common pesto, both basil and sundried tomato, are displayed throughout the store. There's even a CM Burger Upgrade kit featuring chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, grilled portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers and pickled jalapenos. The sides are covered too....McClure's (highly addictive) pickles or one of the many summer salads will complete your burger meal.

Stop by Central Market before July 5 to behold the burger beauty.



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3815 Westheimer, Houston, TX

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LosNix
LosNix

Market boy, checking in.

I may work for the store, but that just means I'll give you the inside scoop, not bias. The backbone of the event is focused on the made-in-house patties, while also featuring tons of great burger condiments and compliments... You'd be surprised how many peeps have never tried (or plain won't try) new burger toppings, from the aforementioned egg, too the more unique (mac n' cheese, pineapple, etc).

The patties are all sold uncooked. You take them home, cook them, and dress them to your burger-liking; perhaps with some new gem you found in-store (yeah, those McClure pickles are pretty habit-forming). On the weekend, however, the grill crew is outside preparing fresh burgers to order. All the weekend standards are there, with some new options made special for the event ("beef wellington" burger, anyone?)

Not to be a company man, but the fresh patties are all pretty damn good. The new flavor combinations all taste great, even the turkey burgers, which I was admittedly dubious of. Bonus- all the beef patties are $1 off a pound (it's roughly 2 patties a lb).

Yeah, the place will be crawling this weekend, but if you're a burger-lover, it's worth braving the crowd.

tee-wee
tee-wee

Both pictures look like the patties are tight, almost like they were extruded?

Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

Wow. I didn't realize that anyone these days is "guilty of creating boring burgers with uninspired toppings." Seems like just about anything can (and does) go on a burger these days -- and I'm not talking about fancy cheese or bacon. Fried eggs used to be innovative, and now they're merely standard compared to the kimchi, grilled pineapple, cheese enchiladas, frito pie, roasted beets, onion rings, pickled carrots, and mac-n-cheese going on burgers these days. And while I do enjoy those (especially the mac-n-cheese burger at V&A -- mama mia), half the time I yearn for an old fashioned burgah with just plain ole' lettuce, tomato, onion, and ketchup.

Bruce R
Bruce R

How much are they?

Carrie
Carrie

The beef and turkey burgers (8 oz).  Bison burgers are $7.99/lb, crab patties (which can be grilled - yum!) are $4.99 each, tuna burgers are $5.99 each and shrimp or salmon burgers are $3.99 each

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

Hmm.  So they come as patties and you buy the condiments and take them home?  I thought they looked like they were prepared onsite.

Carrie
Carrie

Both.  They are cooking them onsite or you can hit the meat dept and take them home. 

Carrie
Carrie

Sorry - I accidentally deleted.  Beef and turkey are $5.99/lb.

Carrie
Carrie

The pricing listed is for the uncooked burgers from the meat and seafood departements.  I am sorry, but I don't know the cost on the burgers that are cooked there.  David Kiser cooked up some of the burgers as a tasting for this article, so I did not get my cooked burgers from their cafe.  Sorry for the confusion.

Bruce R
Bruce R

It's still unclear.  Do they put your hamburger on a scale before or after they cook and put it a bun?

Guy
Guy

There is no way to find out.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Apparently, you are correct.

Carrie
Carrie

According to the grill menu, prices for the onsite prepared burgers range from $7 - $9 which includes a bag of chips. 

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