Main Courses | August 2, 2009 | By

So here’s the story, there are many days when friends ask me what I am cooking for dinner or to share a recipe with them. I set this blog up  so I could share thoughts, recipes and ideas with friends and family and so you guys can comment back with your own thoughts or suggestions.

The first post is about burgers. Burgers have been on my mind alot lately. I love me a good cheeseburger!! I grew up  in a beautiful part of Florida near a small Island called Anna Maria Island (forever to be referred to as AMI). On AMI we have a famous burger joint that I have been going to all my life,Duffy’s Tavern. Duffy’s was recently written up in the NY Times, that’s how good it is! Now I live in Northern California and I can’t just pop into Duffy’s to fulfill my burger cravings.  I like thin burgers and In N Out is a good option in a pinch but it just isn’t the same. I decided to try and re-create as closely as possible the Duffy Burger.

I started with ground sirloin. I know burger traditionalists will tell you that ground sirloin isn’t fatty enough to make a juicy burger but I really like the taste.

So, season your ground sirloin with Salt and Pepper and nothing else. Then I used a rolling pin to get the burgers nice and thin but no too thin. Next you need a smoking hot grill pan. These burgers only took about 2 mins per side. That’s how thin they are. The buns were traditional white fluffy butter buns, not toasted. Sharp cheddar cheese. Slice vidalia onion or other sweet onion pretty thin. Add a little Mayo (real mayo please-no low fat) ketchup, lettuce and pickles and you are ready to go.

They turned out pretty good. Not Duffy’s but it will have to do until I can hop on a plane and get back down there!! Tom thinks we should name it the Mill Valley fog burger. Here are some pics:

There are a couple of other burgers I am thinking of as well. One is Dave’s ground flank steak and argula burger and one is Jesse’s beet burger. But since neither of those is my recipe I have to ask those guys if it is ok to share. So until next time….those are my burger thoughts of the day.


  1. TG

    August 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Mmmmm, is that a Fog Burger?

  2. Dani Berger Pearson

    August 2, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Awesome MJ….I love it!!! I think I just may try this too….I always loved Duffy’s and of course I have to hit an In N Out first stop off the plane from LAX…..didn’t realize that it was the thin similarity….now I am going to use my rolling pin with my next burger dinner!!! Love iT!!!!


  3. maryjolandry

    August 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Thx Dani!

  4. BBS

    August 4, 2009 at 12:49 am

    MJ…it is strange indeed to read a kitchen blog from you, HOWEVER, allowing for the willing suspension of disbelief, I will bite:) The burger looks awesome and may force me to drag my wife and screaming children back down to Bradenton for a burger. The only items missing (and sadly unobtainable) are the “special” flavorful things that Duffy’s burgers pick up from the million year old grill that hasn’t ever been properly cleaned and of course, the occasional and sometimes intentional floor drop. I am excited to read about your further culinary pursuits! (and comment where appropriate)


  5. maryjolandry

    August 4, 2009 at 1:24 am

    haha Ben things have indeed changed since I was 18! I was thinking that a nice icy cold beer was the item that was missing!! 🙂
    I will look fwd. to more of your comments and insights and maybe you can drag your wife and screaming children down to B-ton next time I am there and we can meet up at Duffy’s!!!

  6. Kate

    August 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    How about the pimento cheeseburger? That our new specialty now that we’re in Nashville. Is this where pimento cheese came from? They put it on everything here!

  7. Kelly Cassidy

    August 6, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Duffys…..yes, the cold beer is certainly what’s missing. Well worth the 2 1/2 hour flight from Chicago. Our equivalent here is the Billy Goat Tavern (made famous by Saturday Night Live “cheezborger cheezborger cheezborger, no fries, chips” skit). But nothing will ever top walking into Duffy’s, seeing the folks from my childhood, ordering from Pat or one of her daughters….nothing like it!

  8. Lisa in NCY

    August 8, 2009 at 4:54 am

    MJ: Love the fact that you are sharing your love for food (and recipes) and life with everyone…. you will make anyone who shares your insight and your “love of life” to be a hit at any family outing, corporate affair, or just a plain picnic!!! BTW, do you deliver to NYC?


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