4/29/2013 12:28:00 PM

Win a Pair of Tickets to Burger Brawl This Sunday

The Dandelion's burger
May is National Burger Month, and there’s no more indulgent way to kick it off than by attending Burger Brawl this Sunday in Queen Village. There are still a few $75 spots available to the tasty 3-6 PM fundraiser for Philly schools (here), but we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner.

In order to try for your chance to sample the more than 20 burgers from Philly’s best restaurants, (plus vote for the People’s Choice winner), all you have to do is answer the following question: Is a patty melt a burger? Why or why not?

To enter, leave a comment with your answer, in 75 words or less. Important note: you need to be logged in with a gmail address when you comment, so we can contact you if you win. You have until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 1, to enter, at which point we'll go through the entries and pick our favorite as the winner. You can take a look at the rules and regulations here - let the most ardent burger-lover win!


17 comments :

  1. A patty melt can not be a burger because it is the bun that makes a burger! A patty melt is a glorified sandwich!

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  2. Yes, a patty melt is a burger! It does not matter what kind of bread your burger is on, it is still a burger! A patty melt is one of the all time classic burgers at that. Typically with cheese, fried onions and mushrooms on rye bread! One of my favorites and definitely a burger! A burger is not defined by its bread rather defined by the meat. There are open faced burgers and even burgers without buns still considered a traditional burger. YUMMY and now I want one :)

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  3. If anything on a tortilla is deemed a Taco,
    if anything on a French baguette is deemed a Banh Mi,
    one can only call a Burger as such if it's sitting on a bun.
    Beef, chicken, black bean, as long as it's on a bun, it's a Burger.
    So, no, a patty melt is NOT a Burger.

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  4. A patty melt is not a burger! It appears to have the components of a burger but it is in disguise. A patty melt is assembled, then toasted, and pressed (kind of like a grilled cheese) rendering it an "nonburger".

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  5. Sure technically. And a square qualifies as a rectangle. And kittens are technically cats. But no one, I repeat, no one, is confusing the two. The fact that the two need to be distinguished from each other points out that they're in different worlds.

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  6. One look at the Luther Burger and its glazed donut "buns" is all you need to know that bread is never the deciding factor (never mind all the more normal bun substitutions like english muffins). Firmly in the burger category.

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  7. Ladies and gentlemen of the supposed jury – a bun does not a burger make. I’d like to believe that we live in a world where a burger will be judged not by the bread on which it is situated, but rather by the deliciousness of its sweet, sweet meat. Ladies and gentlemen – I give you the paddy melt. Delicious. Burger. America. All in favor, say “Rye”.

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    1. "paddy melt" . . . . "That's racist!" - Donald Glover, probably.

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    2. Whoops, patty melt. Apparently I don't know how to spell. Or I was thinking of Paddy's Pub (Home of the Original Kitten Mittens).

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  8. Bread, schmead. While I'm partial to the roll because I want a burger and not a paniniburger, half the fun in a burger, and most of the burgers at Burger Brawl, specifically, is everything that goes into topping that burger. Delicious bacon, leafy greens, 'da pickles, what have you. C'mon, a patty melt--just some rye bread, cheese, beef--that's never going to make your mouth water quite like the delicious, *real* burger.

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  9. The term 'patty melt' is simply a subclass of burger, and that's no judgment. A burger is bread around a quantity beef patties (I said beef! No beans, no fish, no fowl!), and fixing's. How you proceed from their is your choice. A patty melt, defines the bread (Texas toast) and the quantity of cheese (all of it). And that sounds pretty good to me.

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  10. A Patty Melt is NOT a burger, despite having a Meat Patty. Two reasons:
    1) The use of Sliced Bread
    2) The toasted/(butter or oil) fried nature of said Bread
    A Burger is a Meat Patty on a Bun that is neither toasted nor fried.
    The Gooey Cheese on a Patty Melt and Burger, though, is a shared crossover trait needing no argument.

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    1. Really? A completely normal and generic cheeseburger on a hamburger bun suddenly becomes a non-burger when you toast the bun?

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  11. A BURGER is recognized worldwide...if you take a patty melt overseas and call it a burger, you'll get WTF in every language!

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  12. A patty melt is indeed a burger! Louis' Lunch, in New Haven, CT prides itself on being the first American restaurant to serve hamburgers. Their proprietary meat blend is served on toasted white bread. Buns do not define a burger. We add toppings and tweak recipes as our palates see fit. Ultimately, frying the sandwich in butter to properly melt the cheese is the gastronomic evolution of the burger, which includes the patty melt.

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  13. Some good answers here, I like Poshtoganache. Wonder who's the lucky winner?

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