Burger Beast’s The Grinder: Lee Brian Schrager

Most folks know Lee Brian Schrager as the director of the SoBe and NY Wine & Food Festivals. I happen to think of Lee more as a Burger ambassador and giant Burger fan (which explains why the Burger Bash at both festivals are the world series of Burger events). So it’s a good thing he’s agreed to get put through The Grinder as I’ve got some questions that need answering.

Burger Beast: What’s your favorite type of burger?

Lee Brian Schrager: Patty Melt

BEAST:What’s the best burger you’ve had this year?

Schrager: I’m a Shake Shack Addict. I’d heard that Lure in New York City is pretty good but I have not been there to try it yet. So for me Shake Shack is still the best this year.

BEAST: What’s the best burger you’ve ever had?

Schrager: I think I have to say, one that I grilled myself a few summers back in The Hamptons using Pat La Frieda Black Label meat. It’s the best burger I can remember eating.

BEAST: When is a Frita (Cuban Hamburger) going to be included in the South Beach Burger Bash?

Schrager: With your help in securing them, we would love to invite a Frita burger chef to the Festival’s 10th anniversary this year and the 5th anniversary of Burger Bash.

BEAST: When will Bobby Flay win a Burger Bash? Is he the Susan Lucci of the Burger Bash?

Schrager: Sadly it appears he is the Susan Lucci of Burger Bash because he’s always in the Top 3 but can never win the top prize.

BEAST: I’ve got a couple of suggestions for next year’s South Beach Burger Bash, can I send them your way?

Schrager:Yes, of course!

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.