Winner of Your Best Burger Recipe

July 23, 2014

Congratulations to lorinarlock, whose Bacon-Stuffed Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Avocado won the contest for Your Best Burger Recipe

Bacon-Stuffed Burger with Pimento Cheese and Avocado

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
The first thing that comes to mind is a cucumber salad I ate in Thailand. It was nothing more than sliced cucumbers in a very subtle vinegar sauce, but it was so light and refreshing that I think of it every summer when cucumbers are in season. That simple salad taught me about the importance of enjoying the pure flavor of a single ingredient, which has become my summer mantra. 

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What's your least favorite kitchen task? 
Prepping corn. However, I love eating it, so I send my husband to the yard to clean off the husks and silks. Now that my son is old enough I sometimes send him to do it, too.

Your favorite kitchen tool?
My favorite kitchen tool is one that I invented (and have a patent for). It's called an avo-cutter, and exists only on paper and as a prototype. It cuts open an avocado, grabs the pit, and scoops out the meat. I was even on a television show called "Why Didn't I Think of That?" to show it off. 

Spaghetti with Eggs and Pangritata for One  lorinarlock

What is your idea of comfort food?
Eggs are my go-to food for breakfast and lunch, but especially for dinner. One of my favorite egg recipes is Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Pangritata from Rhonda35.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Trying to make a banana split ice cream cake. I made three types of ice cream and couldn't get any of them to freeze. I remade and refroze each ice cream several times, until I finally realized that the problem was my freezer, which needed to be colder. The final results were worth it, but wow it was a lot of work!

What is your favorite burger recipe? Tell us in the comments!

Photo of burger by James Ransom, photo of pasta by Sarah Shatz.

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Rivkas K. July 31, 2014
Congrats - this burger looks so good and I'm excited to make it! Also make that product. We will all be better off!!!
Dax P. July 24, 2014
aargersi July 24, 2014
Congratulations! That's a tasty burger! Get those avo-cutters into production!
Lori L. July 24, 2014
Thank you, Abbie. I know, right. No more messing with the pit or worse missing the pit with the knife. Yikes.
EmilyC July 24, 2014
Congrats on your win! Your burger looks fantastic!
Lori L. July 24, 2014
Thanks, Emily. Both burgers are tasty.
vvvanessa July 24, 2014
Brava! avo-cutters for everyone!
Mandy @. July 24, 2014
Pegeen July 23, 2014
Congratulations! Love the stuffing approach - and looking forward to trying this.
Lori L. July 24, 2014
Thank you! It's just that little bit of added flavor that goes a long way.
Charles B. July 23, 2014
There's a tool for cutting an avocado and removing the seed, it's called a knife.
Lori L. July 24, 2014
So boring. A knife...:-)

Kenzi W. July 23, 2014
We want to see the avo-cutter! Congrats on the win.
Lori L. July 24, 2014
Thanks, Kenzi! I'll send you a pic of the avo-cutter. Maybe it's time to dust off the prototype and get it into production.
AntoniaJames July 23, 2014
Congrats, Lori. Loved reading your Q&A. ;o)
Lori L. July 24, 2014
Thank you. I did a silly thing and told my friends on facebook I'd hold a burger party if I won. Now, I'm looking at a party for about 200 people. Maybe you'd like to come up for it and we can finally meet in person.
AntoniaJames July 24, 2014
Whoa, sounds great! ;o)
ChefJune July 23, 2014
Congrats on the win! It looks really wonderful except for the pimiento cheese...
MY favorite burger recipe? I entered it in the contest - - and according to the stats on it, no one even looked at it! :(
AntoniaJames July 23, 2014
June, that burger looks delicious! Not only did I look at it, but I saved it as well. The seasoning blend, minus the cumin and plus some thyme, is similar to my scrapple seasoning. So glad you included the link. ;o)
Lori L. July 24, 2014
Thank you for your note, June. Food is just so subjective. Sorry you don't like the cheese topping. Try it without. It's the little bit of bacon flavor and avocado that make it delicious.