Welcome to March Madness, also known as the Parade of the Paddy Melts. Yes, March always brings a good supply of corned-beef-Swiss-sauerkraut burgers as Burger of the Month specials. It’s an ideal way to stretch celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, this year on March 17.
Drake’s in Franklin, Tenn., is instead serving “leprechaun-sized” mini burgers with whiskey-caramelized onion, horseradish Cheddar and Guinness mayo. But Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra, Calif., get’s my vote for best St. Pat’s burger, if only for its name and that it’s a revival of the first BOTM the joint did way back when. The Rick Reuben Burg is a half-pound burger with beer-braised kraut, thick house-made corned beef, Thousand Island and Swiss on a caraway-topped bun.
Moo Cluck Moo in Dearborn Heights, Mich., went Irish without going overtly St. Patty’s. Its Belfast Moo burger is topped with “beef bacon,” which is something I hadn’t encountered until I saw it last month on a Whopper in Malaysia. Additionally, the Belfast Moo has grilled onions and double slice of sharp Cheddar melted over everything.
The month’s best-looking special is the Crow Bar at Kuma’s Too in Chicago. It’s a 10-oz. Cajun seasoned beef patty topped applewood-smoked bacon, jalapeño, fresh mozzarella, topped with a Grapefruit Steigl (Austrian fruit beer)-soaked peach and lettuce, tomato, and onion on the side.
Other standouts are the Chicken & Waffles Burger at Burger Fusion in LaCrosse, Wis. I’ve seen chicken and waffles together, of course, but not often in a trio with an Angus beef patty. And our Moscow friends at Corner Burger are serving a tuna burger with a side of popcorn this month. And the always-inventive Slater’s 50/50 goes Asian rather than Irish this month: Its Banh Mi Burger has Asian-seasoned pork patty, romaine, pickled carrots, jalapeños and daikons, fried kimchee, Gochujang mayo and teriyaki pork belly on a French roll bun.
But these are just a few of the dozens of burgers on the March Burger of the Month list, sponsored by Reinhart Foodservice. Be sure to check out the four special burgers at Hey! Ho! Garage Burgers in Muntinlupa, Philippines! Go here to see the complete list and find an idea you can use.