Who Makes the Best Burgers in Utah?

Who Makes the Best Burgers in Utah?

One thing has divided foodies since the dawn of the Drive Through.  No, it isn’t how to make the perfect Pizza Crust or Who makes the best BBQ.  It’s who makes the best Burgers, specifically available in Utah.

I have had my share of Burgers in my life and I am ready to impart my wisdom on the world.  I chose from burgers that are available to me and that I have tried before.  Some will be obvious choices and some will be places you have never heard of, so let me know down in the comments below if you agree or disagree with my list.

In-N-Out: The Double Double (Animal Style)

Double Double- Animal Style - Hungry Doug

 

Growing up in So. Cal, I was blessed to live in the promised land for the best burger ever made, the Double Double.  Starting out with the Sponge Dough Buns and a special sauce that they call “Spread,”  This burger has 2 all beef patties, cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Pickles.  What makes it Animal Style is the fact they squirt some Yellow Mustard on the patty while cooking it.  Top that off with sauteed onions and this is heaven on a bun.

If you are feeling extra hungry, you can order from their secret menu, which consists of Neopolitan Shakes (Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry mixed), 3×3 (3 Patties, 3 Cheese Slices), 4×4 (4 Patties, 4 Cheese Slices, the Flying Dutchman (2 Patties and cheese with no bun) and many more.

Find an In-N-Out near you.  (Sorry East Coasters, you can have your precious Shake Shack.)

 

5 Guys: Bacon Cheeseburger (Any way you want)5 Guys - Hungry Doug

5 Guys is a special one because this burger you can have with any topping you want.  Customizable with thousands of different combinations, one thing remains constant.  The quality of their meat, cheese, and buns that make 5 Guys a hit.  If you arent in the mood for a burger, they also have Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese, and BLT’s.

Two hand-formed patties, grilled to order – with two strips of crispy bacon and two slices of Kraft American Cheese – all on a soft, sesame seed bun.

Find a 5 Guys near you.

 

Burger Bar: Big Ben

Burger Bar - Big Ben - Hungry Doug

Now I did a whole write up on Burger Bar a while back, but it is worth mentioning again.  This classic burger joint does burgers the right way.  Cranking out classic burgers as big as your head.  The burgers are classic with an all beef patty, special sauce (Thousand Island), Onions, tomatoes, lettuce, on a super soft bun.  I’m not kidding about the size of the burger.  It is almost 3 times bigger than a normal burger.  You can also order the Big Ben Burger as a double or triple.

Burger Stop was featured in Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri a while back, which may explain the lines all the time.  Burger Bar is only found in Roy Utah.

 

Crown Burger: Crown BurgerCrown Burger - Hungry Doug

What can I say about Crown Burger other than PASTRAMI BABY!  I cannot think of a more classic combination to put on a burger than Beef, melted cheese and a huge pile of thick cut pastrami.  Served with their amazing fries and Fry Sauce, it doesn’t get much more Utah than that.  Crown burger has been serving Utah since 1978 and has recently expanded to its 7th store along the Wasatch front.

They do serve more than just Burgers including Pastrami Sandwiches, Corn Dogs, BBQ Beef, and Burritos.

Burger Stop: The Deuce

Burger Stop - Layton UT - Hungry Doug

Opened in 1993, this 1950’s diner has been cranking out the classics and becoming a fixture in the Davis County community of Layton.  They aren’t just a Burger joint as they serve Breakfast items in the morning as well.  They embrace their 1950’s vibe by also hosting classic car shows every few months featuring the best of what made America great.  What Burger Stop is really famous for is their 2 lb challenge burger called The Deuce.

For $18.99, you can participate in the Deuce Challenge with the signature 2lb burger with Ground Beef, 5 slices of cheese, 4 strips of thick cut bacon and topped with special sauce and onion rings.  Finish it in less than 30 minutes and you get a t-shirt to lay claim to your conquest.

My Favorite?

To be completely honest, I get a hankering for each of these burgers at different times.  Each one satisfying my craving, but if I had to choose, life or death, I would have to choose the Crown Burger.  It’s unique and delicious Pastrami is often imitated, never duplicated.  Now I know a lot of you guys will disagree, but for me, that is the one burger that I crave the most.

Which is your favorite?

 

 

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

Today, we are going to take a look at an amazing recipe for my favorite pasta dish, the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory.  This thing is loaded with flavor (and calories) so keep that in mind.  It is super simple to prepare, even though there seem to be a lot of moving parts, it all comes together in the end.  It is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet and savory.

Introduction to The Cheesecake Factory

If you have never been to The Cheesecake Factory, you are definitely missing out.  The huge menu is rather intimidating at first, but you soon realize that most of the menu is Cheesecake.  I think that is why the Cheesecake Factory is so well liked.  No matter what everyone is craving, there is something for everyone.  From Cuban Sandwiches to Asian Salads, to Burritos there is something for even the pickiest of eaters.

What is the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta from The Cheesecake Factory?

Made using Penne Pasta, the Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta has Chicken breast sauteed in honey.  The sauce is a unique sauce made from Alfredo and Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce.  This gives it a beautiful mild kick that you crave as well as a deep smokey flavor.  The sweetness of the honey combined with the spice of the sauce makes an amazing dish that can be enjoyed by everyone.

 

Make sure to check out how to make the Salad Dressing from the Olive Garden or how to make a Cuban Classic, Picadillo, which is a cheap and flavorful addition to your families dinner rotation.

 

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Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta
A spicy chicken pasta with chipotle flavors with a sweet undertone. A sure crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Main Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
Instructions
Prepare Vegetables and Pasta
  1. Add the asparagus to the pasta water and boil for 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. 
  2. Pull out the asparagus and run under cold water to shock it and stop it from cooking.
  3. Add your pasta to the water and remove when al-dente, normally 12-13 minutes rolling boil.
  4. Combine lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chicken and let it marinade. 
  5. Prepare your skillet with butter on medium heat. 
  6. Add bell peppers and onions. 
  7. Leave on the heat until translucent, stirring occasionally to make sure they do not char, then add the garlic cloves, saute for 1 minute.
Cook Chicken and Serve
  1. Remove the veggies and add olive oil to your skillet
  2. Add chicken to the pan and turn the heat up to medum-high. 
  3. Keep on the heat until browned on all sides. 
  4. Add in the honey and stir until the honey loosens up. 
  5. Add the bell pepper mix. 
  6. Puree the Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can and set aside.
  7. Brown the chicken on both sides and remove from heat.
  8. Cook for an additional 3 minutes, then add all other ingredients (Veggies, Adobo, Pasta)
  9. Make a basic Alfredo sauce (Butter, Parmesan, Heavy Cream, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder) and add in the Pureed chipotle peppers. Let it come to a simmer. Add your frozen peas to thaw in the sauce.
  10. Add sauce, pasta, chicken in your pot adding the asparagus last or as a garnish. Add Cilantro or parsley and grated Parmesan as a topper. Tortilla strips if you want to be really authentic.
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How to make Big Mac Sauce at Home

How to make Big Mac Sauce at Home

The Big Mac is one of those things that is synonymous with America. Normally babies first words are “Big Mac and a Coke, please”. There is just something about the combination of 2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, onion, pickles on a sesame seed bun that hypnotizes the senses.  I can’t think of any other burger that has captivated society as much as this one has.

How to make Big Mac Sauce

On the very first episode of Hungry Doug, we take a look at the Big Mac, where we make our own and show you how to make the sauce that can go on pretty much anything.

 

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Big Mac Sauce
Here we have a copycat recipe for Big Mac Sauce. Put this on your Burgers, Sandwiches, dip your fries in it. It contains healing properties (so they say)
Big Mac - Hungry Doug
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Big Mac
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Big Mac
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Big Mac - Hungry Doug
Instructions
  1. Combine everything into a bowl.
  2. For optimal results, let it sit in the fridge overnight.
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R&R BBQ: Best BBQ in Utah

R&R BBQ: Best BBQ in Utah

Here in Utah, we aren’t known for much more than green Jell-O, funeral potatoes and polygamy.  But there is a new kid in town.  R&R BBQ has come in like a wrecking ball and re-ignited the food revolution on the Wasatch Front.  Come check out the Best BBQ Joint in Utah, R&R BBQ.

Best BBQ in Utah

Founded by Rod and Roger Livingston as a hobby, they entered into competition BBQ and haven’t looked back.  After winning several BBQ championships, they decided to open up their own restaurants.  In a few short years, they have opened 7 restaurants and continue their rise to the top.  Their whole philosophy has been “No Shortcuts.”  From the quality of their meats to the preparation and execution of each plate, that philosophy is apparent.

Before you even see the restaurant coming up, you can definitely smell it.  The mouthwatering smell of smoked meats surrounds each store and makes you crave it even more.  Entering each location is an adventure in and of itself.

Their Food

Staples in the arsenal for any BBQ joint is the Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Sausages.  But their most famous dish would have to be their Caveman Burger.

Caveman Burger- Hungry Doug

The Caveman Burger

Filled with smoked sausage, pulled pork, jack cheese, fried jalapeños, and topped with your choice of BBQ sauce, you will have to unhinge your jaw like a python to fit it in your mouth.  Bursting with smokey goodness, it is BBQ perfection.

If you aren’t in the mood for a delicious burger, you can order the meats by the pound.  Each item on their menu is heaven on a plate.  Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, boneless chicken thighs, smoked chicken, and St. Louis Spare Ribs.  My personal preference is the 3 meat plate with Brisket, Sausage, and pulled chicken.  You also cannot go wrong with their Brisket Tacos and Nachos.

So if you are in the mood for some great food, good smells, and a friendly atmosphere, go check out R&R BBQ.  Find the nearest one on their website and check out their menu.

R&R BBQ

Kickin’ Jalapeño Coleslaw

Kickin’ Jalapeño Coleslaw

One of the staples to any BBQ is the Coleslaw.  If you want to take that to the next level, come check out this recipe for a Kickin’ Jalapeño Coleslaw that is sure to please.  This recipe has all the bases covered:  Sweet, Spicy, Tangy, and Freaking Delicious.

Kickin' Jalapeno Coleslaw - Hungry Doug

Recommended on the following Dishes:

Burgers

Tacos

Side Dish

You can even add this to your tacos and use the Lime Cilantro Jalapeño Aioli for a real party in your mouth with everyone invited.

 

 

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Kickin' Jalapeño Coleslaw
An awesome side for your Tacos, Burgers, Hot Dogs, or even on its own. It definately has a kick it and will be a sure crowdpleaser.
Kickin' Jalapeno Coleslaw - Hungry Doug
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Coleslaw Veggies
Coleslaw Dressing
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Coleslaw Veggies
Coleslaw Dressing
Kickin' Jalapeno Coleslaw - Hungry Doug
Instructions
  1. Open your Coleslaw Mix and place in a large mixing bowl. Dice the Jalapenños and Cilantro and add to the veggies. Mix well.
  2. Add the Mayonaise, Jalapeño Juice, Lime Juice, White Sugar and Salt and pepper to another mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add Dressing to the Coleslaw and Mix until all incorporated evenly.
  3. Place in Refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours so the flavors can build.
  4. Enjoy!
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