Michael Symon estimates that he has 1,000 different burger recipes and ideas. "I love them all," he says.
Michael Symon has been a burger expert since he was a kid. The Cleveland-based star of ABC's The Chew and F&W Best New Chef 1998 credits his dad with helping him develop his skills. "Watching my burger-master father work the grill like a ninja got me hooked," he says. Symon now has his very own B Spot Burger chain with six locations around Cleveland, and more coming to Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit later this year. At B Spot, he specializes in meat-on-meat burgers, with toppings like fried salami and pulled pork. But with this 50/50 burger, he mixes spicy sausage into the ground chuck. The sausage not only adds fat to the patty (Symon's key to greatness), it also adds heat. So does the pickled-pepper garnish. Symon also adds Monterey Jack, which he likes because it melts so well. bspotburgers.com
Recipe: Spicy 50/50 Burgers