I first met Chef Brett Reichler at the 2010 Burger Bash in SoBe where Bill’s Bar & Burger was competing for the top prize. That was the night their burger won my heart. A few months later, I found myself at Bill’s Bar & Burger in New York where I was again overwhelmed by this burger. Bill’s Bar & Burger will soon be opening its second location in Rockefeller Center this upcoming September (UPDATE: Yeah, it’s Open) but in the meantime, Chef Brett Reichler has agreed to be put through Burger Beast’s The Grinder:
Burger Beast: The perfect Burger, in your opinion is how many ounces?
Brett Reichler: The truly perfect burger is more about bun to meat ratio than size…although size does matter, 5 ounces of meat is just enough.
BEAST: Where would the Burger world be without Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Purveyors?
Reichler: Here is a guy who does it the old fashioned way…no short cuts just great ground beef..without him we may be in the frozen foods section. And that’s not a great place to be.
BEAST: How do you like your Burger?
Reichler: Griddled, Caramelized, Salt, Pepper and a slice of American Cheese.
BEAST: Is New York the Burger capital of the world?
Reichler: This question can only get me in trouble and sounds like a setup, so here goes: NY is the center of the world period… spoken like a true NYer.
BEAST: Does George Motz (known Burger authority and of Hamburger America fame) beg you for the recipe to your Burger at Bill’s?
Reichler: I can’t imagine he needs my recipe…
BEAST: Have you ever exchanged a Burger for a back rub?
Reichler: If my wife is reading this NO!!!!
About Burger Beast’s The Grinder:
What happens when I ask some chefs, restaurant owners and maybe even celebrities, yes I said celebrities about burgers and other things not pertaining to burgers? You get The Grinder. So sit back, read and enjoy.
“Maybe I even thought there was indeed some small possibility of a “good time”–but I surely had reason to know better. I did know better. But I walked straight into the grinder anyway.” – A.B.
Make sure you check out all the episodes of The Grinder.