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These Bite-Size ‘Pops’ Are Actually Deep Fried Burgers

The newest burgers at Slater’s 50/50 may smaller in size, but everything else about them is big — the flavors, the buzz surrounding them, and even more significantly, their impact.

Photos by Peter Pham

Exclusively available as Slater’s ‘Burger Of The Month’ during August of 2017, the premium burger chain developed a sweet and savory combination of two new burger creations that are actually smaller-scale versions of their classic ‘Old Timey’ and ‘Peanut Butter and Jellousy’ burgers — deep-fried and served on a stick.

The “Old Timey” features a Black Canyon Angus Beef patty, thick cut bacon, American cheese, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, and 100 island dressing on a mini brioche bun, covered in crispy panko breadcrumbs, and the “Peanut Butter and Jellousy” comes with a Black Canyon Angus beef patty, thick-cut bacon, and peanut butter on a mini brioche bun, coated in chocolate cereal crumbs and smothered in strawberry jelly.

Those who are already fans of Slater’s signature burger offerings will be able to enjoy them in a whole new way, while also contributing to a powerful cause. Slater’s Burger Pops were ultimately developed in collaboration with Foodbeast and Project Hope Alliance, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness.

A portion of the proceeds from the Burger Pops at all six Slater’s 50/50 California locations — Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego, and San Marcos — will be donated to Project Hope Alliance. Even more, Elysian Brewing Company will match Slater’s 50/50’s total donation to Project Hope Alliance.

Needless to say, we expect these little guys to be pretty pop-ular.

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This Carne Asada and Tater Tots Burger Is Ready to Wreck All Appetites At MEAT STREET

It’s safe to say I didn’t know what to expect when I heard The Vulgar Chef and Slater’s 50/50 Burgers decided to collab on a exclusive item for FOODBEAST’s upcoming meat festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at Main Place Mall.

But, when I saw what these two masters of burger architecture built — it was more amazing than I could have imagined.

Enter The Totcho Burger.  Think part nachos, part carne asada fries, part bacon burger. Every aspect of this Vulgar Chef x Slater’s 50/50 collab is a detailed and focused on the all-meat theme of MEAT STREET — even the roll has bacon in it.

Slater’s signature 50/50 patty with pepper jack cheese, carne asada marinated bacon, loaded with TATER TOTS, then topped with nacho cheese, real chorizo crumbles, and sliced jalapeños. And all’s served up on a bacon-infused telera roll with guacamole and a cilantro lime dressing.

Damn.

It wasn’t too long ago we reported on the The Vulgar Chef calling out big names like Burger King for stealing his recipes, so hopefully the corporate trolls will just sit back and enjoy the show.

I know I will — as long as I can grab a Totcho Burger.

MEAT STREET is on Saturday April 22. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.eatmeatstreet.com.

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[UPDATE] California Burger Chain SLATER’S 50/50 Is Selling SIX Of Their Restaurant Locations, NOT Closing

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UPDATE: According to a statement by Scott Slater, the owner of Slater’s 50/50, he will be selling his six restaurants to an independent operator, not closing. 

Slater’s 50/50, a popular customizable burger parlor, will be selling all of their six restaurant locations, reported the OC Register earlier today.

We spoke to Scott Slater, owner of the Slater’s restaurant chain, who said he was definitely not closing down his Orange County locations as was previously reported. Rather, he’s stepping down as president of Slater’s 50/50 to allow a new restauranteur to spearhead the burger-slinging chain’s future.

Nothing’s happened with the concept. It’s still Slater’s 50/50, Slater told us.

Initially, it looked like closures were happening with Slater’s due to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice which stated that the locations in Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, and San Diego would be permanently closing.

Slater assured that closures would not be happening, nor layoffs. Rather, the filing was made as a courtesy due to him selling restaurants to a new buyer.

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Slater’s, founded in Anaheim Hill in 2009, was popularized by their ground bacon and beef burgers known as their staple 50/50 patties. Also, patrons could customize their entrees however they liked with an overabundance of decedent ingredients and cheeses. Personally, we just threw extra anchovies on our burgers and slathered it with garlic aioli.

Slater’s Anaheim Hills location, the first spot that opened, will be the first to undergo renovations and improvements from the new buyer. Slater himself, while not president, will remain the face of the company.

We’ll still be getting our anchovy bacon burger sometime within the next week, regardless, all this burger talk has got our stomachs riled up.

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Your Complete Guide To OOZEFEST 2016, The Cheesiest Festival Ever

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any cheesier, the sequel to Oozefest is upon us, as over 50 of southern California’s prominent restaurants and breweries are gathering in Santa Ana to celebrate all things cheese.

Last year’s event was pretty epic, featuring oozing goodness such as Mozzarella Bun Burgers, cheesy cotton candy and even the world’s tallest grilled cheese stack.

This year’s festival will look to surpass last year’s hype, and if you look at the scheduled line-up, it will absolutely do so.

Oozefest is quickly becoming the premier go-to food festival for cheese lovers, as last year proved that the event could bring out the best in So Cal chefs, asking them to think outside the box, and provide a food experience that cannot be found anywhere else, including their own restaurants.

With that said, it’s time to get your taste buds excited, as this is the cheesy goodness you’ll have to look forward to at Oozefest Pt. 2.

NOTE: This covers a majority of our vendors, but some are choosing to debut an item at the festival. Vendors also subject to last minute changes. Check which vendors are on which day on Oozefestival.com


Grits Fullerton: Grits Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese at a cheese festival is a given, and Grits is coming in strong, stuffing it with bacon, jalapeno grits, jam, cheddar and port salut, all between sourdough bread.


SideDoor 5Crowns: Lamb Cheesesteak Sandwich

Side Door’s lamb cheesesteak is as dope as it sounds. Stuffed with lamb meat and topped with veggies, this cheesesteak is then smothered in a cheese sauce that’ll have you drooling.


Slater’s 50/50: Vampire Dip

Slater’s has built its reputation on crazy burgers, but they’re taking a step back from their forte and whipping out a dope artichoke dip, instead. This thing is going to be loaded with garlic, so this would be the perfect time to check if your date is secretly a vampire.


Elbows Mac and Cheese: QueSo Caliente Mac n Cheese

Mac & cheese is Elbows’ specialty, and they’re rolling into Oozefest with something special. Their macaroni will be mixed with ghost pepper, provolone, and cheddar cheese. Topped with Mexican shredded beef, seasoned taco shell crumbs, guacamole, a tomato and red pepper salsa, sour cream, and house made shredded beef taquitos on the side.


Chapter One: Duck Croquetas

If you’ve never had duck before, you can get your bill wet with Chapter One’s Duck Croquetas. It’s a shredded duck-filled ball that’s breaded and deep fried before getting smothered in lime crème fraîche and queso fresco.


Pour Vida Latin Flavor: Cheeseburger Taco

Cheeseburgers and tacos are perfectly amazing on their own, but put them together and you have magic. With a housemade tortilla, the Cheeseburger Taco comes with shredded cheese, Kobe ground beef, shredded cheese, shredded ice berg lettuce, house made thousand island and a roma tomato.


Puesto Mexican Street Food: Pork Belly and Chorizo Tacos

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How do you upgrade a chorizo taco? Add pork belly, of course. This bad boy has chorizo, seared pork belly, goat cheese, creamy jalapeño salsa, salsa negra, pickled red onions, and microgreens on a blue corn tortilla.


Treatery: Strawberry Cheesecake S’more

 

In the midst of all the festival’s cheese pulls and dripping cheddar, you’re eventually going to want some dessert, and that’s where Treatery is going to come in beautifully. Their s’more is going to consist of strawberries on a graham cracker, with a cream cheese marshmallow sandwiched in.


The kebab Place: Open Face Gyro

The Kebab Place is coming in hot with a beef/lamb mixed gyro, topped with fresh cucumber, roma tomato, tzatziki, house cilantro sauce and crumbled feta.


Slapfish: Lobster Taquitos

Slapfish won the people’s vote at last year’s Oozefest, and this year they’re coming back with lobster taquitos filled with pure Maine lobster, cheddar cheese, creamy clam chowder and their signature Slapfish hot sauce.


Green2Go Brea: Gluten and Egg Free Mac & Cheese

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After loading up on all the fried food, you’ll probably want to invest your body in something a bit healthier, and that’s where Green2Go will help you out. While their mac & cheese is mixed with delicious candied bacon and maple bacon Kettle chips, you’ll be happy to know that it’s egg-free and has zero gluten.


Infinity Sauce: Jalapeno Boats

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Infinity Sauce’s Jalapeno Boats will have a cream cheese base, infused with Infinity’s chipotle hot sauce, topped with chorizo, then layered with melted cheddar cheese. The Infinity fun doesn’t stop there, as they’ll also be creating a giant hot sauce tower.


Surfas Culinary District: Wolf Pup Braised Pork Belly with Pomme Aligot

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Surfas’ offering is a mouthful to say, but totally worth putting in your mouth. An IPA Braised pork belly, raclette and 2-year-Australian cheddar blended Aligot with parsley citrus salad.


Sit Low Pho: Jalapeno Ham and Cheese Egg Roll

These aren’t your typical egg rolls, as Sit Low Pho is adding some spice to them, and keeping the cheese pulls at a maximum level. Stuffed with cream cheese, mozzarella, and ricotta, you’re definitely going to have fun with this stretchy cheese sensation.


Shuck Oyster Bar: Yakitory Style Shrimp Balls

Shuck is putting together a shrimp and beef meatball skewer that’s covered in cheddar cheese sauce. With three per skewer, you better come hungry and ready to control that dripping cheese.


The Iron Press: Chicken Mac & Cheese Waffle

Walking into Oozefest with some serious waffle swag, The Iron Press is grilling waffles with mac & cheese, chicken, and bacon all hiding within its fluffy squares.


Urbana Anaheim: Choriquezo Doblatida

Urbana’s Choriquezo is almost like a mini quesadilla, stuffed with chorizo and Oaxaca cheese. They top it with a tangy habanero salsa and some crema, giving you a delicious little taste of Mexico with every bite.


Citizen Kitchen: Caciocavallo Impiccato

When a dish is hard to pronounce, you know it’s good. Citizen Kitchen’s hanging Caciocavallo is spread on a white truffle-yeast donut (not cake donut, so it’s more like bread than a sweet donut). Then it’s topped with sliced Granny Smith Apples, house dried oregano and white truffle oil. The videos circulating online from various Oozefest previews have been receiving hundreds of thousands of views:


Cafe Calacas: Queso Fundido Chorizo Brioche Donut

What’s in a name? In this case, everything. This buttery brioche donut is going to be smothered in a Mexican favorite called queso fundido, which is an oozing melted cheese, sort of like a raclette.


Sgt Pepperoni’s Pizza Store: Balls Deep

Sgt. Pepperoni is going balls deep with a cheese-stuffed meatball that’s covered in a deep fried cheese-dough dome. A side of marinara lets you dip your balls, and get a cheesy sensation like no other.


Chomp Eatery: Unicorn Grilled Cheese

The Unicorn Grilled Cheese is a colorful mix of four cheeses that looks like someone melted a rainbow and smashed it in between a couple slices of bread. Get your camera phone ready, because this one has “Instagram likes” written all over it.

 


Nacho Nation: Los Angeles Pizza Nachos

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What’s a cheese festival without nachos? Nacho Nation is going to hook you up with their Los Angeles Pizza Nachos. These aren’t your standard, run of the mill, 6-year-old’s birthday party kind of nachos, these consist of fresh corn tortilla chips, spicy marinara sauce, shredded mozarella cheese, sliced pepperoni, beef chorizo, black olives, oregano, and a ranch & marinara sauce drizzled over top.


Bruxie: B.A.M.F.

Bruxie is a OG in the Orange County waffle scene and they’ll be at Oozefest, offering another crazy creation. Their B.A.M.F. lives up to its name as the waffle will be topped with fried chicken, cheese and their buffalo sauce.


TLT Food: Blue Crab Grilled Cheese

TLT is strolling through their famous Blue Crab Grilled Cheese. Yes, it’s the same TLT that won season two of the Great Food Truck Race and their grilled cheese consists of Blue Crab, a special cheese Blend, scallions, jalapeños, sambal, on grilled sourdough.


VIP Beer Vendors

Modern Times Brewery: Oneida Pale, and Fruitland Gose
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Good Beer Co + FOODBEAST Collab: Santa Ana Saison With Cranberry and Orange Zest

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Reverend Nat Cider: Sour Cherry Cider, and Revival Cider

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4 Sons Brewing Co: Cinnamon Raisin Belgian Quad
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Laguna Beach Beer Co: Greeters Pale Ale, and Canyon Road Red Ale
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Unsung Brewing Co: An Amber Lager with Cacao Nibs
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Acoustic Ales: Shake Your Money Maker Brown Ale, and Ginger Mule
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Saint Archer Brewing: Mosaic DIPA

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Notable Marketplace Vendors

While the VIP restaurants above are going to be lit, the Marketplace is going to be just as loaded with pretty crazy pay-as-you-go food options.

 

Kogi BBQ: Kimchi Grilled Cheese

The legendary food truck that fused Korean and Mexican food, will be making a special appearance in the Oozefest Marketplace, slinging a Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich. If you’ve never had a chance to try the Godfather of food trucks, here’s your shot.


The Naughty Churro: Pizza Churro

The Naughty Churro is definitely Rookie of the Year in the festival scene, making serious noise at the 626 Market with a colorful cotton candy churro ice cream sandwich and churro chicken sandwich. Now he’s making noise with a pizza stuffed churro that already has social media buzzing.


Mess Hall Canteen: Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Sandwich

This monstrous grilled cheese will be stuffed with not just mac & cheese, but pulled pork mac & cheese. This thing has some serious girth, and if you’re planning to take a picture of it, you better clear out some space on your phone for this massive sandwich.


All Flavor, No Grease: Extra Cheesy Quesadilla

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This is really a treat for Oozefest-goers, as the famous Watts quesadilla spot is leaving its Los Angeles post for the first time and slanging its colossal quesadillas at this festival.

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An Entire Menu Of ‘Football Fries’ Just Launched At Slater’s 50/50

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With football season just beginning, you’re gonna want something to munch on while you’re watching the game. Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50, known best for their customizable bacon burgers, introduced an entire line of Football Fries to enjoy the game with.

Here are the five starchy variations you can order from the restaurant chain.

Pizza Fries

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Your favorite spuds are covered in a layer of marinara sauce and topped with pepperoni, green pepper, olives, and mozzarella cheese. If you’re that guy that likes to order pizza at a burger joint, this might be a pretty easy choice to curb those cravings until you get your hands on a pie.

Shmanimal Fries

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A take on Animal Style Fries, because who doesn’t love those, the ‘Shmanimal’ features American cheese, bacon, grilled onions and a drizzle of bacon thousand island dressing. This might be the one item we’ll have to practice saying a few times before we try to order it.

“Shhh-man-imal.”

Beer Cheese Fries

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Alcohol aficionados will want to do a pull from these Beer Cheese fries. The deep-fried potatoes are topped with a house-made beer cheese, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and a Guinness bacon chili.

Carne Asada Fries

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This beast is loaded with carne asada, cheddar, pepper jack, cheese sauce, jalapeño, green chiles, green onions, cilantro, guacamole, and chipotle sour cream. If you’re looking for a mouthful of meat and seasoning, this might be the football fries for you.

Pulled Pork Fries

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BBQ lovers will want to dive into the Pulled Pork Fries. The dish is made with cola-braised pork and topped with Slater’s BBQ sauce, pickled jalapeño, pickled red onion, green onion, cheddar, pepper jack, and chipotle sour cream.

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California Burger Chain Is Giving Out Free Bacon Dogs On International Bacon Day

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Who: Slater’s 50/50

What: In honor of International Bacon Day, the California customizable burger chain is giving away free 50/50 Furter dogs. The meaty new 1/3-pound Slater’s dog has a 100 percent beef frank that’s stuffed with crispy smoked bacon and wrapped in bacon.

Where: All Slater’s 50/50 locations in California. This includes: Pasadena, Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, San Diego, and San Marcos.

When: Saturday, September 3, from 11am to 5pm.

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Popular California Burger Chain Makes A Burger With Fried Lasagna Buns

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A month ago, we reported that Slater’s 50/50 offered a breakfast-inspired Eggs Benedict Burger to start off the New Year. Now, February’s Burger of the Month is far from light as the Stuffed Lasagna Burger makes its debut.

Made with a blend of Italian sausage and ground beef patty, the burger is topped with mozzarella, Parmesan and fried basil leaves. It’s also served on a fried cheese LASAGNA BUN.

Let all that cheesy, deep-fried goodness soak into your heart for a minute.

Slater’s 50/50 recommends pairing the burger with Iron Fist Renegade Blonde. You can order the Stuffed Lasagna Burger at all participating Slater’s locations through the month of February for 13.95.

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Slater’s 50/50 Brings Back Infamous 100% Bacon Burger With Mac & Cheese Upgrades

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A few years ago Slater’s 50/50 capitalized on the height of the bacon craze by created the 100% bacon ‘Merica Burger. The burger featured copious amounts of bacon in every ingredient and made headlines with its shock value.

Now, the restaurant chain is bringing the burger back in a new and updated form.

The burger now features Sriracha bacon, bacon jam and a fried bacon mac n’ cheese cake alongside its signature 100% bacon patty and pretzel bun. They pretty much just combined a bunch of popular food trends with a bacon influence. Not mad at all.

We’re also sure there’s also a tomato slice in there with some greens, but at this point they’re pretty much just for show.

As a way to kick start the 4th of July, the burger will be available right before the holiday at all participating Slater’s 50/50 locations.