Local 6 checks out some of the best burger joints in Central Fla.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Burgers are a booming business with lots of competition and all claiming their burger is the best.
Local 6 visited five burger spots to find out the juicy details of what makes them number one.
First up BurgerFi.
"What we do is unlike any place else, we have what's called the never ever program. With our never ever program the meat is never given steroids antibiotics anything that is unnatural," said General Manager Joe Abby.
BurgerFi's biggest seller is the Bad Burger. That's a quarter pound of natural Angus beef, American cheese, grilled onions, a fried egg, bacon and hash browns with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Local 6 gives the burger a thumbs up
Just as popular, the Veggie Burger. I have tasted this one many times before. This is one of my favorites.
Second stop: Shake Shack.
According to manager Stephen Key, 9 out of 10 times customers order the Shack Burger, which is a burger patty with Roma tomatoes, lettuce and their signature sauce.
Key says the sauce is key.
"The way we prepare is on a hot plancha, sear it, which locks in all the juices, so in Shake Shack you can get a well done burger that's still juicy and wonderful," he said.
Next stop: That One Spot.
Owner Joe Vu says a great burger starts with the bun and beef.
"We wanted to make sure we had a good quality beef, because a lot of people just like a burger and cheese," Vu said.
That One Spot uses a flame grill to cook. Their most popular burger is The B and B that has smoky brisket, apple wood bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish sauce to give it some kick.
Fourth stop: B&B Junction.
Owner and Chef Tifford Cole is a strong advocate for local farm food to table.
"It takes passion and dedication to be able to do this," Cole said. "Our beef is grass fed grass finished, hormone and antibiotic free."
Their signature burger is the Black and Blue Burger with house made blackening spice, blue cheese crème, local Bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatoes and fried fennel.
Knowing what flavors go together and pair with each other is key for the right toppings.
Last stop is Burger 21, where you have 21 burgers to choose from.
"Our beef burgers are made with certified Angus beef, which is held to the highest standard so it makes our burgers really tender, juicy and flavorful," said Whitney Prieto, manager at Burger 21.
The two most popular: the Tex Mex Haystack Burger, which is a burger served on top of lettuce tomatoes, Gouda cheese, and smoke apple wood bacon guacamole and chipotle jalapeño sauce and crispy onion strings.
Just as popular: the Ahi Tuna burger. I have had this burger and it is absolutely yummy.
"This is our Ahi tuna patty we make fresh here in house. It is flash fried topped with sriracha aioli fresh avocado and caramel soy sauce," Prieto said.
Americans eat 14 billion burgers every year.
So bottom line, everyone has their favorite burger, but I recommend going out of the box and trying a different burger than you typically have-- a Veggie, Turkey or Ahi Tuna burger. You might be surprised.
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