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Expert Guide

10 Must-Have Burgers of 2014

Author of The Hamburger: A History, Josh Ozersky, reveals his top ten burgers of 2014.

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Cooking Quest

The Secret Ingredient for a Perfect Burger Isn't What You Think

The Secret Ingredient for a Perfect Burger Isn't What You Think

Sriracha? Kimchi? Lovage? Fermented fish flakes? None of the above. A hyper-experimental cook learns the hard way.

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Expert Guide

5 Tips for Achieving Burger Greatness

Before you start slapping patties on the grill this weekend, take a second to brush up on some burger wisdom from chefs who know what they’re talking about. Here are five tips from burger pros.

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Expert Lessons

Why Michael Symon Spikes His Burger with Spicy Sausage

Michael Symon's 50-50 burger

Michael Symon estimates that he has 1,000 different burger recipes and ideas. "I love them all," he says.

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The Week in Food

The First Hamburger?

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Minetta Burger / © Tina Rupp

Minetta Burger / © Tina Rupp

The history of the hamburger is controversial. Several people throughout history have claimed to be its inventor, including a man named  Louis Lassen. On July 28, 1900 at his restaurant Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, Lassen constructed a prototype when he sandwiched ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast for a man who asked for a meal he could eat on the go. The Original Burger on sliced bread is still served by the family-run tavern today. Today's hamburger. »

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