The Grinder – Hamburger America’s George Motz

George Motz is best known for being a burger expert. His documentary and book, Hamburger America is my burger bible and should be a part of every burger fan’s collection. George has also been keeping himself busy with the NYC Food Film Festival and the upcoming Chicago Food Film Festival taking place on September 24 & 25th. So after harassing George a few times, he was able to take time away from ravaging a burger to be put through The Grinder:

BB: What’s more of a crime? Having your Burger cooked well done or having ketchup on your Burger?

GM: Whoa, definitely overcooking is more of a crime! Though you sure can ruin a good burger with ketchup. I’d have to say worst case scenario would be an overcooked burger with ketchup on it. Yuck.

BB: If your life ended tonight, where would you eat your last Burger from?

GM: My kitchen. I’d head down to my butcher, say good by and pick up a good fatty piece of chuck, take it home, grind it and make myself a smashed, fried-onion burger.

BB: What’s the biggest mistakes most restaurants make when creating “New” Burgers?

GM: Straying from the tried-and-true soft, toasted white squishy bun tends to be the biggest mistake. And most who believe that a white squishy is not gourmet enough is forgetting that the hamburger itself should not be treated like a gourmet item.

BB: How many toppings is too many?

GM: Three. Any more than that and you can’t taste the damn burger. Usually, grilled onion is all I need.


BB: I’m thinking about writing a book entitled Cheeseburger USA, you’re not going to sue me are you?

GM: Naw, I’ll just get some of my goons to kick the piss out of you.

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BB: Is it true Josh Ozersky doesn’t want you on Ozersky.TV?

GM: News to me! I love Josh and I think we have an awesome relationship (on most days). Or maybe he’s just jealous…

About Burger Beast

I started writing the Burger Beast food blog to tell folks about those little forgotten gems in South Florida. Over the course of the last 5 years or so I've added News, Opinions, & Tips on a variety of Food related subjects. My first love will always be Burgers but Comfort Food is where it's at. At the end of the day I’m a regular dude who writes about a bunch of things I think you should know about.
  • Anonymous

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