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May 20, 2013 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 (makes 12 burgers) Note: From Boe at the Crescent Hotel. Sumac is available at Indian and Middle Eastern markets. Yogurt dipping sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed 1 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ketchup Small pinch sumac 1. Toast the mustard seed in a small skillet over low heat, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. 2. Mix together the yogurt, lemon, ketchup and sumac, then add the warm seeds.
May 4, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Jeffrey Weinstein once swept through 19 Denver restaurants in six hours, a feat that most people would characterize as gluttony. Weinstein calls it research. Eating out is more than a hobby for the founder and co-chief executive of the Counter, a growing Culver City chain of build-your-own-burger eateries. In its 10 years, the company has been mentioned on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," adored by reviewers and touted as one of the forefathers of the so-called better burger craze. Weinstein, a culinary school grad, spends his time at the helm reading cookbooks, determining whether his Midwest menus are ready for spicy Sriracha sauce (yes)
October 13, 2011 | By Linda Burum, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Truffles shaved onto wild-caught yellowtail sashimi or kanpachi nigiri splashed with black caviar might begin your omakase at Got Sushi? Or the chef might enrobe supple ribbons of pristine snapper in creamy cured uni brightened with the sharp citrus snap of yuzu and house-made soy sauce. Close your eyes and for a moment it's easy to forget that this tiny sushi bar is squeezed into a corner of King's Burgers, a fully operational burger joint in Northridge. With its vintage beige leatherette tuck 'n' roll booths and faux wood grain Formica tabletops, the classic setting is visually perfect for a place known for enormous breakfast burritos and fully loaded pastrami burgers.
June 9, 2012
The cooks have spoken, so now it's time for the readers to vote. We had more than 70 entries in our annual Battle of the Burgers, and now it's up to you to cut that number down to just the top 20. Visit to find out more. After we've tallied the reader votes, we'll take the best recipes into the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen to come up with our favorite burgers. The winners will be invited to visit the Test Kitchen, and their recipes will be published in the Saturday section in time for the Fourth of July.
April 27, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
The cast and crew on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" got the perfect parting gift from Eva Longoria: burgers and fries in which to drown their sorrows. Longoria, who has played high-strung fashionista Gabrielle Solis for eight seasons, treated her coworkers to a Fatburger lunch truck on the show's final day of shooting Thursday. "Thank you Fatburger for making the last day on the set of Desperate Housewives special!" she tweeted , rocking a purple cocktail dress and comfy boots.
May 27, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Have you submitted your recipe for our 2013 Battle of the Burgers yet? If you're still working on it, this Memorial Day is the perfect time to hone your entry -- and snap a photo. In the meantime, check out the competition with this submission from Lindsay Ames in Vancouver, Canada:  "This burger is not just a piece of meat on a bun. It's an experience for the senses. It's got everything you could want in a meal housed under one sweet, delicious bun. Salty and sweet, hot and cold, soft and crunchy, spicy and refreshing.
June 22, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
That McDonald's burger from your neighborhood drive-thru is never quite as luscious-looking as its juicy, dripping, not-quite-doppelganger in advertisements. Now customers can see why in a new behind-the-scenes video produced by the fast-food giant. Hope Bagozzi, director of marketing for McDonald's Canada, walks viewers through the studio magic used over several hours to plump and primp a Golden Arches burger to its mouthwatering max. First, Bagozzi picks up a Quarter Pounder with cheese -- likely made within 60 seconds -- from a street-side McDonald's for comparison.
June 30, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
To any real fan, a hamburger is never "just a burger. " A great burger is a work of art, passionately thought out and painstakingly executed. It's the very extension of the grill master's identity. And, of course, determining what makes a burger great can stir as much passion as choosing our next president. So with the smells of charcoal and propane beginning to perfume backyards across the country, we challenged L.A. Times burgermeisters everywhere to submit their recipes in our second annual Battle of the Burgers.
January 15, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
A disturbing discovery has led some consumers to wonder "Where's the beef?" in their supermarket burgers. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said it had discovered horse and pig DNA in burgers sold by grocery stores in Ireland and the United Kingdom, according to reports. The finding includes a burger sold by global supermarket chain Tesco that contained 29% horse meat, according to the Associated Press . U.K.-based Tesco -- one of the world's largest food retailers and known in the U.S. under its Fresh & Easy brand -- apologized for the horse meat-laden burger and pulled store brand burgers from groceries in Britain and Ireland, according to AP. A meat processor in County Monaghan was cited by Ireland's Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney for the horse meat burger find, which Coveney told state broadcaster RTE was "totally unacceptable.
July 12, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
First Lady Michelle Obama is a champion for healthful eating and exercise, home gardens and salad bars at school lunches. Now she’s been caught in an unflattering lunchtime act. A reporter from the Washington Post spotted the first lady at a Shake Shack on Monday ordering a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and Diet Coke. The caloric damage—about 490 calories in the burger, 470 in the fries, and 740 in the 15-ounce shake, for a total of 1,700 calories. For comparison, at McDonald’s , a Quarter Pounder with cheese (510)
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