• For the Love of Cheeseburgers

    What becomes a burger best?
    We’re celebrating BBQ in a big way here at the Isle®. This November is Big PigOut month but it’s not just limited to the porky palate… it’s got us taking a big bite out of the cow.

    Burgers are as American as apple pie and, well, BBQ. Put the two together and you've got a hog-biting wild celebration!

    Hamburgers in History
    Did you know that ground meat patties go back to the Egyptians? In the time of Ghengis Khan, soldiers flattened their patties under their saddles as they rode into battle.

    The origins of today's Hamburger are a little tamer. Hamburg in fact, however, does play a role as the ports of Hamburg were some of the largest in Europe. A local food was Hamburg Steak, inexpensive cuts of beef, ground up and spiced.

    This food travelled across the sea to New York where hungry German sailors hankering for a taste of home could find stands selling Hamburg Steak.

    So what's a burger without a bun?
    The naked patty was originally squeezed between two slices of bread, although who was the first to do it? That's a subject of controversy. The most popular tale is that of Louis Lassen, of Louis Lunch, who claimed that a hungry businessman needed something to eat on the run and he gave it to him, in the form of the hamburger. This was in 1900.

    Although this is the origin recognized by the Library of Congress, others have claimed the prize, most significantly Fletcher Davis of Athens Texas who was said to have preceded Louis by inventing the burger in the 1880s. However, he did not bring his invention to the St. Louis World's Fair until 1904.

    Then there's Charlie Nageen, who supposedly sold meatballs between two pieces of bread in Wisconsin in 1885. Meatball sub or hamburger? And let's not forget Ohio brothers Frank and Charles Menches who sold their hamburger on bread combo in Hamburg New York in 1885.

    Of course, first isn't always best. And bigger isn't always better. And sometimes weird isn't always best either...

    Getting freaky with it
    There's a million ways to make a burger and a million backyard barbecue masters willing to tell you how. But some people just go too far. Among the strangest hamburgers known to human kind are:
    • The pigeon and worm burger
    • The donut burger
    • The burger cupcake
    • And... burger ice cream.

    Getting back to burgers
    For people who just love a good burger with some interesting, but not bizarre, ingredients, it might be best to check out the Burger of the Week at Tradewinds Marketplace® in the Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk. This November we are really celebrating our chef’s creativity and putting their burgers to a vote! Take a look on our Facebook page for four recipes from our chefs and vote for the one you love the best! Your vote enters you to win a $15 prize at Tradewinds.

    Are you dying to hear the recipes?

    OK… we won’t make you wait. Check out the weekly competing recipes. Stop into Tradewinds to try them yourself and visit us on Facebook to vote.

    The first week of November brings us the Great American Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger. Signature Double Patty with 6 slices of Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Swiss, Provolone, American, Pepper Jack and Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Mayonnaise, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and a Pickle on an Artisan Bun. #bacon

    Next up we have the Smoked Brisket BBQ Burger, November 10-16. Put a juicy patty, a brisket, some habanero BBQ sauce and an onion ring on a bun. Add horseradish aioli, lettuce and tomato and put it on an artisan bun. Enjoy.

    In week three, it's the Backyard BBQ Burger that is beyond the reach of most weekend chefs. It's got a juicy hamburger patty with not just cheddar but provolone cheese, topped with bacon, coleslaw, baked bean spread and an onion ring and smothered in sweet n' spicy BBQ sauce on a toasted artisan bun.

    Finally, the month closes out with the Whiskey BBQ Burger, putting together a patty with peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheddar cheese and whiskey BBQ sauce, all on a toasted onion bun.

    Just “like” the burger you like best and you could win. We can’t wait to find out who wins!