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Marshmello, Tommy Lee and Shay Mitchell Amongst Celebs Competing In Secret Burger Competition

Jay-Z versus Solange, KimYe versus Taylor, The Rock versus Tyrese — the public loves a good celebrity feud. Spats between the showbiz elite always capture headlines, and for the most part, it’s the usual he said, she said and finger pointing narrative. Yawn. Beef’s gone stale these days, really.

But what if I told you that celebrity beefs can actually be put to the test over how juicy their actual beef is in a burger battle? Confused? Intrigued? Both? Good. Let me break it down for you. This Saturday, May 26, Postmates and foodie favorite app, Off The Menu, are throwing together a Secret Burger Showdown as part of the LA Food Bowl festivities that involves celebrities teaming up with Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants to create wildly inventive and mouth-watering burgers to duke it out against one another.

So think EDM DJ Marshmello tag-teaming with Plan Check to create a Marshmello Burger that’s got a patty comprised of prime ribeye dry-aged for 28 days and topped with charcoal-infused ketchup leather made up as the face of the party-rocking maestro himself. Then imagine them going toe-to-toe with Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell and Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron of WOLF, who’s got the formidable Bourgeois Burger that features decadent details like a Beyond Burger patty, truffle mayo, and truffle shavings.

The battle’s gonna be bloody (slightly, at least, because medium rare, of course) and contentious, but most of all, lights out delicious. Check out the running list of who is throwing down in the Secret Burger Showdown, brought to you by Postmates and Off The Menu and stay tuned for any additional updates that we’ll provide.

Burgerlords & Alexa Losey – “Slaw & Order”

Vegan burger with braised Swiss chard, classic coleslaw with mustard, vegan mayo, and crunchy sweet potato chips.

Photo: Sydney Yorkshire – @whatcouldbebutter

Button Mash & Timothy De La Ghetto – “Double Dr. Pepper Teriyaki Cheeseburger”

Dr. Pepper-marinated, coffee-blackened beef patty on top of a Dr. Pepper-marinated deep-fried beef and pork menchi katsu patty with double provolone, Dr. Pepper teriyaki sauce, apple slaw, and onion.

Photo: Sydney Yorkshire – @whatcouldbebutter

 

Plan Check & Marshmello – “Marshmello Burger”

Prime ribeye 28-day dry-aged patty, house-made Swiss cheese, charcoal ketchup leather, kombu pickles, onion, watercress, salt & pepper mayo, all in a crunch bun.

Photo: Marc Kharrat – @marckharrat

WOLF & Shay Mitchell – “Bourgeois Burger”

Beyond burger patty (optional), truffle mayo, truffle shavings, bacon-onion schmutz, white cheddar, on a potato roll.

Photo: Sydney Yorkshire – @whatcouldbebutter
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This Chicago Burger Joint Makes The Most Hardcore Metal Burgers You’ll Ever Try

If you’re a heavy metal fan with a massive appetite, Kuma’s Corner will be next on your list of places to try. With five Chicago locations, the restaurant unabashedly boasts its love for heavy metal and meat and holds an impressive menu to back it up.

Their decked out creations are named after iconic bands you’ll hear blasting through the speakers of the restaurant. Much like their names, their burgers and sandwiches are unlike any you’ve had before, all of which are sizable creations that will truly test how hardcore you are.

The Goatsnake burger, made with herbed goat cheese, poblano sweet corn relish, Cholula lemon vinaigrette, and buttermilk breaded deep fried red onions, is served with your choice of meat (which can be subbed for the vegan Impossible patty).

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Perhaps the most outrageous offering on the menu is the Sourvein Burger, a concoction of deep fried blackened chicken tenders, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and Belgian waffle strips topped with a maple syrup drizzle and raspberry aioli.

Kuma’s also keeps things fresh with their burger of the month, an innovative tribute to bands not listed on the original menu. The Cannibal Corpse burger of the month featured a 10oz beef patty topped with grilled buffalo, bacon, beer battered fried blood sausage, roasted bone marrow butter, and smoked gouda, all smothered in a cherry-bourbon jam.

If you’re not set on burgers, mac and cheese and a selection of sandwiches will also satisfy, like the Pig Destroyer, which features an outrageous pile of pulled pork slapped onto a pretzel bun. Assuming your mouth is already watering, we suggest checking it out for yourself.

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Meet The Diabolical Pizza / Burger Fusion That We All Deserve

Peanut butter and jelly, Kobe and Shaq, Barack and Joe. What do all three of these duos have in common? Two dynamic forces that only get better when combined with each other. Is there any more room left on that Rushmore’s facade? Yeah, throw pizza and burgers on there. And no, I’m not talking about two of them at the same party.

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What I’m about to break down to you might not be fathomable to many, but trust me when I say that a madcap mashup of pizza and cheeseburger exists at Meathead!, a new, leveled-up burger joint in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Picture this: the meltiest, juiciest cheeseburger with all the fixins, triumphantly crowned by an equally cheesy pizza masquerading as the top bun! Ordering any of the Meathead! burgers “Meatzza” style makes this fever dream of fusion a reality.

And while we’re on duos, the one of co-owners James Reamy and Johnny Lee serves up other mouthwatering items on the menu like some killer tater tots in their “Notorious P.I.G. and bombastic breakfast burritos like the “Threesome,” which boasts eye-opening flavor.

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So for those who have dreamt of such a wondrous union in pizza and cheeseburgers (all of us), then venturing to Meathead! for their “Meatzza” style options makes the most sense out of any one thing at this very moment.

 

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Here Are 7 Amazing Burgers To Try In Los Angeles For National Hamburger Day

Since Christmas is a few days away, we might as well celebrate the second best day of the year, which is National Hamburger Day.

In celebration of the best national food recognition day of the year, here’s a round-up of all the top-notch hamburgers from around the Los Angeles area that should be on your radar.

 

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is famously known for it’s dehydrated form of ketchup — called Ketchup Leather — that prevents burgers from getting soggy. Ketchup Leather is just as innovative and delicious as it sounds. Plan Check’s signature burger, the Plan Check Burger is served with a beef patty, habanero cheese, bacon, Sriracha ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, and kombu pickles.

 

Boneyard Bistro

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Boneyard’s line up of over-the-top burgers should be on every burger lovers list. Here’s the O.M.G Burger, featuring a Wagyu beef patty, beer battered onion rings, chipotle aioli, BBQ sauce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheddar cheese, and house-cured bacon

Located in Sherman Oaks, California the Boneyard Bistro is owned and operated by professional Chef Aaron Robins. Boneyard has become a local favorite thanks in part to Chef Robins’ unique spin on traditional barbecue and Boneyard’s signature oak-grilled burgers ground with 100 percent Snake River Farms American “Kobe Style” Wagyu beef.

 

Hawkins House Of Burgers

Whipper Burger: double cheeseburger, pastrami & hot link.

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A local staple in Watts, Hawkins House of Burgers is a historic family owned burger spot with insane menu items that serve some of the most over-the-top burgers on the West Coast. For example, the legendary Whipper Burger, which is a double cheeseburger, with pastrami and a hot link inside. Jaws should be unhinged to even take a bite of this behemoth.

 

The Upper West

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Not to be confused with New York City’s Upper West Side, Los Angeles’ Upper West restaurant located in Santa Monica, California doesn’t need fancy names for the best burger on its menu.
Simply called, “The Burger,” this hefty item features house ground blend, arugula, Worcestershire, onion marmalade, pasilla goat cheese spread, and is served on a toasted brioche bun.

 

Hot’s Kitchen

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This casual, yet modern Hermosa Beach eatery features delicious tacos and hamburgers that pair terrifically with their wide selection of craft beers. One of the most over-the-top burgers is Hot’s Foie Gras burger. I mean, just look at it. The decadence is real with this burger.


Petit Trois

Owned and operated by world famous Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Los Angeles’ Petit Trois is open seven days a week and serves an array of courses. Their only burger on the menu is The Trios Mec Burger, which is fine since it’s probably the best high end burger you’ll ever have. In 2015, Bon Appetit magazine ranked Chef Ludo’s Petit Trois the third best restaurant in the United States.

 

The Animal

The Animal’s off-the-menu champ is aptly named, “The Boner Burger” due to the delicious combination  of short rib, house-ground chuck, and bone marrow as the constructs of its patty. Yes. Bone marrow. The Los Angeles favorite serves up one of the most mouthwatering burgers ever created. However, this trendy spot is only open four hours a night, so you better hurry if you’ve got the craving.

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Madman Makes A McDonald’s Cheeseburger-Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza

OMMMMFFFFGGGGGG!!! stoners deluxe XXL!!! Chicago style stuffed pizza w/ mc donalds cheese burgers..

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Our buddy Tym Bussanich is no stranger to over-the-top food mashups, but you have to imagine he sparked up one of his infamous bongs before putting together this one. Bussanich recently posted a video to his Instagram account where he stuffed seven McDonald’s cheeseburgers within a Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

The recipe starts off innocently enough with a large cheese-topped pizza crust, but then the cheeseburgers start getting unwrapped and you think, ‘What the hell is going on right now?’

“I went to Papa Murphy’s and bought their Chicago stuffed crust pizza, but told them to put all the toppings on the side,” Bussanich said. “Then I went to McDonald’s and bought seven regular cheeseburgers.”

After the cheeseburgers were added to the bottom pizza, yet another cheese pizza, this one medium, was placed on top. That’s when Tym topped the pie with Papa Murphy’s pepperoni, meatballs, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and green peppers.

After 35 minutes in the oven, set at 350 degrees, out came the burger-filled deep dish.

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What started off as a cheese pizza, transformed into a deep dish-like, cheeseburger-stuffed, monstrosity.

The cheese pull at the end of the video is everything as it leaves our mouths watering and our hearts envious.

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Chef David Chang Thinks You’re Overthinking Your Burger-Making

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Summer’s almost over and you probably looked through countless YouTube videos, trying to figure out how to make the perfect burger. Yet with all the research and studying, you’re trying way too hard in chef David Chang’s eyes.

If you don’t know Chang from his popular Momofuku restaurants, you’ve probably seen him on the PBS show, The Mind of a Chef, where he hosted the very first season back in 2012.

We got a chance to dig into the mind of this esteemed chef a bit, and the former James Beard winner for Outstanding Chef gave us his insight on the art of burger-making during Budweiser’s 2016 Bud & Burgers Competition in Philadelphia.

The decorated chef said the secret is to, “Keep it simple.” Chang said if you have quality beef, the burger is going to be good. He added that a common mistake is overthinking the whole process.

If Chang’s making burgers, he said all he needs are the beef patty, cheese, bread, and pickles.

That type of straightforward approach seems to be a common belief among chefs, as Vice chef Matty Matheson once shared his advice on the perfect cheeseburger, saying, “All the best things in the world are simple.”

The same goes for Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield, whose idea of a perfect burger is good beef, cheese, onions, and the bun.

While it’s not unusual to see burger creators nowadays load up their burgers with cheese, or cover them in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, these guys just might be doing the most.

Ironically, while Chang said the best burgers aren’t complicated, he voted for a burger stuffed with pineapple, jalapenos, barbecue sauce, and thick cut bacon while judging Budweiser’s search for the best burger in America.

Go figure.

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This Dude Attempted To Eat An In-N-Out 50×50 And Broke A World Record

At 11:47 am, a man walked into our office with the fire of a thousand salsa packets. That man’s name was Naader Reda, a competitive eater also known as Freak Eating. So if a dude who’s in the business of eating copious amounts of junk food comes into the Foodbeast office, you gotta do something special for lunch right?

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We challenged FreakEating to see if he could handle a 50×50 Cheeseburger from In-N-Out. That’s 50 beef patties from the popular California burger chain with the occasional lettuce and tomatoes in there, rounding out the ends of the meat mountain.

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It was a struggle as he hit consecutively reached double digits, the halfway mark, the world record and finally 40 patties.

I wanted to call it quits around the early thirties, but I told myself only a few more! It was painful, but at the end I was glad I was able to break the record.

Though he was only able to handle 40 patties before submitting to power of the 50×50, records were still broken in tremendous fashion. As you can see from the live stream, however, he did put up a valiant effort.

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A little more than an hour into the challenge, Naader crushed the world record of 37 burger patties previously set by competitive eater Matt Stonie.

Anytime you can break one of Stonie’s records, it’s a pretty big accomplishment.

Can’t wait to have you back man. Hopefully Elie keeps his hands off your food next time.

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These Guys Turn 6 Random Ingredients Into Pancakes [WATCH]

The dudes from Good Mythical Morning pose a timeless question: Will It Pancake?

In one of their latest videos they sit down and see if various breakfast foods things will work as a pancake.

Some of the items they combine with the fried breakfast cakes include Fruity Pebbles Cereal, Bagels and Lox, Toothpaste (don’t eat toothpaste), cheeseburgers, bone (marrow) and guinea pig testicles. As you can see the ingredients take a pretty hard left turn.

However, the two sit down and eat every single item in the name of breakfast science. Check it out as they pancake things.