Happy Mardi Gras! It’s the annual party in preparation for that parade of boring fish sandwiches onto menus that already has begun. Ugh. As our friends at DMK Burger Bar here put it, Mardi Gras is about “Puttin’ the ‘fat’ in ‘Fat Tuesday,’ but it’s oh-so-worth-it.” Here are six burger joints with great ways to fatten up Fat Tuesday. Party on.
DMK Burger Bar, Chicago
Mardi Gras Burger
Two 5-ounce, grass-fed beef patties smothered in Cajun spices, Swiss cheese, Creole tomato ketchup, arugula, red onion and mustard on a house-made paczki
Burger, Tap & Shake, Washington, D.C.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez
A chargrilled beef patty with salami, ham, mortadella, mozzarella, provolone, olive salad and Louisiana Hot Sauce aïoli
Kooper’s Tavern Baltimore
Cajun Shrimp Burger
Rock-shrimp patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and Cajun rémoulade on toasted brioche with fries and Schwartz pickles
Drake’s Franklin, Tenn.
The Muffuletta Burger
A blackened Cajun Burger loaded with pepper-Jack cheese, smoked ham, olive relish, Parmesan-garlic mayo, fresh-cut garden toppings and choice of side
Bobby’s Burger Palace, multiple locations
Spice-crusted pepper-Jack cheese, griddled tasso ham, spicy rémoulade and red hot sauce
Burger Fusion, LaCrosse, Wis.
The Mardi Gras Fusion Burger
Shrimp and andouille sausage fused together and topped with pepper-Jack cheese, Creole mayo, feisty feta spread, spinach and tomato on a potato bun