What is a Luther Burger aka Doughnut Burger?

The Luther Burger is one of the many Regional Burger Styles that make up the burgerverse. The rumor is that this burger was created by singer Luther Vandross when he was all out of bread at home.

Celebrity chef Paula Deen serves a version of the Luther called the Lady’s Brunch Burger at her restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. However, the first time someone sold a Luther Burger in Miami & South Florida was at the 2010 Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (10901 SW 24 St, Miami).

What is a Luther Burger?

The Luther Burger is a bacon cheeseburger on glazed donuts instead of burger buns. There is a variation where glazed brioche buns are used instead of doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Burger Stand at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Burger Stand

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Burger Stand starts with a fresh beef patty on a griddle. By the way, I love their tagline, “Where Doughnut Meets Burger.”

Smashing the Patties for the Luther Burger
Smashing the burger patties

They top the burger with bacon and cheese when the patty is almost ready. Two Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are also heated lightly on the flattop before being used as the buns.

Adding the Donuts to the griddle for the Luther Burger
Adding the doughnuts to the griddle
Assembling the Luther Burger
Building the Luther Burger
Completing the Luther Burger

Then, it’s assembly time once the cheese has melted! Of course, you can add lettuce and tomato, but I skipped out on that (or any other condiment).

Before trying the burger, I was unsure if it would taste good; I was wrong. The fresh meat, the melted cheese, the bacon, and the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are such an odd combination that it works.

The salty-sweet thing can be a beautiful thing.

The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Burger Stand folks are not using frozen burger patties also makes a big difference. The best part was I could skip dessert (yeah, right).

The fair is only around three weeks of the year. If were you, I would hurry it up if you want to get your hands on this guy.

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