After Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays made finding themes for burger-of-the-month specials easy, burger joints return to their normal eclecticism as the new year begins. Grafton Irish Bar & Grill in Chicago tries a new-year theme with its 2013 burger, but others simply get wild and crazy. The usual.
5 Star Burger, multiple Southwest locations
Chimichurri Burger ($9.50)
Harris Ranch beef burger topped with provolone cheese, chimichurri sauce on a toasted brioche bun
BGR The Burger Joint, multiple locations
Prime dry-aged beef burger piled high with chili, shredded Cheddar and Fritos
Bitchin Burgers Food Truck, San Diego
Happy Face ($9)
Grass-fed beef, secret BBQ sauce, coffee-spice rub, smoked gouda, crispy uncured bacon, red onion and tomato
Blue Door Pub, Saint Paul, Minn.
Two beef patties encase creamy blue cheese and zesty horseradish. The bun is slathered with horseradish sauce and there are crispy onion strings. Served with au jus.
Bobby’s Burger Palace, multiple locations
White Cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon and maple-mustard sauce
brb: Be Right Burger, Reston, Va.
Italian-seasoned Angus beef patty with marinara, provolone, Parmesan and pepperoni on rosemary focaccia roll
Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, Ohio
Meatball Chubby ($12.50)
A half-pound burger on a sausage roll with meatballs, marinara, provolone and Parmesan with a side of house-made chips and choice of pickle
Jake’s Wayback Burgers, multiple Northeast locations
The Cheeeesy Burger
Burger with a grilled buttered bun and four slices of cheese
Milwaukee Burger Company, Eau Claire, Wis.
Spicy cheeseburger topped with Philly cheesesteak
Slater’s 50/50, Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Bloody Mary Burger
Ground beef mixes with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, encrusted with fresh cracked pepper and topped with blue cheese, grilled tomato, garlic-stuffed olive tapenade and horseradish vodka sauce. All on a bacon pretzel bun stabbed with a celery stalk.
Stuft: A Burger Bar, Fort Collins, Colo.
The Early Bird
One-third-pound ground chuck burger, American cheese, shaved ham and fried egg
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Hawaii
Flame-broiled salmon plain or with Cajun or Garlic Teriyaki seasoning