Favorite Burger Mark Bittman Cookbook Winner!!!

A couple of weeks back, I wrote about the naughty and nice of my favorite burgers. I asked YOU what your favorite burgers were. Here are the results:

Blue Cheese Burgers, et al: 5 Votes ♥ Shrimp Burgers: 4 ♥ Black Bean Burgers: 3 ♥ Lamb Burgers: 3 ♥ Turkey Burgers: 1 ♥ Chef Tom’s Skirt Burger 1 ♥ Burger w/Pineapple & Avocado: 1♥  Beef,Bacon & Cheddar Burger 2 ♥ Dearborn Onion and Cheese Burger 1♥ Bison Burger 1♥ Sis’s Grilled Burgers with Caramelized Onions 1 ♥Portobello Burger 1

I made a copy of the comments and blindly chose from the pile. And the WINNER of Mark Bittman’s HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING (his burger recipes, BTW, are amazing) is  the most eccentric burger in the group: THE ELVIS BURGER!!!

Nicki  Comment:
“As gross as it may sound my favorite burger is from a local burger place and it’s called the Elvis burger. It’s stuffed with peanut butter and bananas. It sounds so gross but it’s so yummy! The peanut butter just melts into the burger!!!! Yummy!!!”

Rock on! Nicki didn’t mention bacon in her comment, but I’m thinking if bacon were added to it as well, this burger would capture the enticing flavors of salty, sweet and savory. Thanks so much, Nicki. I’ll have to try this. Please respond to my e-mail and the cookbook will be on its way. And thanks to all of you who responded. This was fun for me, I learned a bit about burger palates and I thank all of you who responded! I’ll have more giveaways in the future, for sure.

OK. Sooner rather than later. I feel compelled to give another copy of the book away. The second one I picked is from Deborah:

“My favorite burger is a good juicy turkey burger!!”

Now this is a burger I’m familiar with (see the cover shot). And the recipe was inspired by Mark Bittman. Respond to my email and I’ll also send you a book!

Advance Digital Copies of THE WELCOME HOME DINER now available:

Last week I received the link for digital copies of THE WELCOME HOME DINER, which will be released by Lake Union on October 10. I sent the link to everyone who has previously requested a copy for review, but Mama Bear Peterson said she wanted an advance and I can’t locate your e-mail, Mama Bear! I know you enjoyed THE PROMISE KITCHEN so I’m anxious to send a copy your way!!!

Anyone else who’d like an advance, please sent me an e-mail:peggylampman@me.com.


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Shrimp Burgers + the Naughty and Nice of Top 5 Burger Favs.

Note: I’m giving away a hardcover addition of my favorite Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything at the end of this blog. One burger word will enter you–Hoo-hoo!

♥♥♥So how’s your summer, folks? Sweltering? Having fun? Summer is Michigan’s payback for dealing with winter and we’re having us a grand ole’ time in these parts–outdoor grilling is half the fun. Daughter, Greta, was visiting at the lake last week. She wanted to make a Shrimp Burger recipe from a recent Mark Bittman recipe from the New York Times and our final recipe follows.

While at it, we had fun compiling a list of our favorite burgers (recipes linked to title name). We discussed their merits and downsides that I’ve blogged about (and Greta’s eaten) through the years.

Bacon-Jam Burger Knock-Off

Bacon-Jam Burger.  Naughty: Ummm. Maybe not a Mayo Clinic recipe recommendation?  Nice: A crowd-pleaser. Really. Bacon and jam? Be still my heart.

My Favorite Turkey Burger

My favorite Turkey Burger Naughty: It’s hard to file a complaint about this burger, unless you opposed to animal grinds of any sort. Nice: Combines healthy and juicy and is another Mark Bittman remix.

Black Bean Burger  Naughty: A bit more fuss and drier than meaty options. Nice: Super-healthy, planet-friendly and well-adapted to fry pans. Adding the dried mushrooms adds than umami, fifth taste “je nais sais qu0i”.

Lamb Burger Sliders with Tzadziki and Beetroot Relish Naughty: Making the beet root relish will dye your fingertips red. Wear gloves! The condiments add more to the production but note they can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Nice: I find these burgers so exceptionally delicious I even included them is a scene in THE WELCOME HOME DINER.

Shrimp Burgers

Shrimp Burgers Naughty: The first time we made the recipe, the burgers were difficult to grill and somewhat fell apart. On round two of making the recipe, we added panko and an egg, chilled them a couple of hours and they grilled to delicious perfection. Nice: Loved the Asian flavors in the recipe. Greta also puréed and avocado with garlic, lime and a touch of mayo, which was the perfect spread. 

Would love to hear about your favorite burgers! For my money, Mark Bittman is the master of the burger and his HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING: SIMPLE RECIPES FOR GREAT FOOD is one of my most dog-eared cookbooks.

Tell me what your favorite burger is in the comment section below and shoot me an e-mail: peggylampman@me.com with the same comment or DM me on Facebook. I’ll close it down August 15, will select a name at random and send the winner the hardcover of this book.

No gimmicks. I swear I won’t send you spam or share your e-mail. Note I don’t advertise on this site, right? Oh. Except the shameless mentions of my books and other favorite books on my shelf. Oh well. Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes. Here is our version of Mark Bittman’s Shrimp Burgers: 

Recipe: Shrimp Burgers


  • 1 ½ pounds raw, peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 scant tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon crushed, dried red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup washed cilantro leaves
  • Neutral oil, like corn or canola, as needed
  • 4 lightly toasted buns
  • Your choice of condiments such as avocado aioli, ketchup, chili sauce or fresh limes


  1. Prepare a gas or charcoal fire to medium-high heat. (Note that you can also pan fry these burgers, if desired.)
  2. Coarsely chop 1 pound of shrimp. In a processor, purée remaining half pound of shrimp
  3. Combine chopped and pureéd shrimp with garlic, red pepper flakes, ginger, salt, egg, panko, scallions, bell pepper and cilantro. Form into 4 patties and chill at least two hours.
  4. Brush grill and patties with oil and grill 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Serve on buns with desired condiments.

    Prep time: 30 minutes

    Grill time: apx. 10 minutes

    Number of servings (yield): 4 plump shrimp burgers

    Copyright © Peggy Lampman’s dinnerFeed.

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Happy Fourth Recipes and Happy Porch-Sittin’ Reads!

Love July. Love it. Wearing sundresses and floppy hats to the Farmers Market, kayaking on the lake, barbecuing and fireworks.  (I also buy ’em when they’re half-off AFTER the Fourth, and entertain the kids through the summer on the Lake Michigan shoreline.)

Of course I love outdoor reading. And the advent of this July not only brings favorite recipes to savor and share (recipe links below pics), but a picnic basket packed with books. Inexpensive books. Qualifier. Inexpensive digital books.

I’m old-school. I like the tangibles of pulp–the burnt almond smell, for instance, of a favorite old read. My fingers prefer turning a page instead of  a swiping a screen. And I much prefer browsing the colorful cookbooks on my shelf instead of pulling up a digital recipe on my screen. Each book’s a  reminder of a culinary escapade that transports me to happy times and places.

But digital has found a comfortable, welcome niche in my life. Less baggage, for starters. Today we’re on our way to Alaska traveling carry-on, as always. My Kindle is loaded with digital books and my iPhone packed with an Audible selection. While gazing at Denali on Friday, I could be listening to Jame’s Mitchner’s Alaska with my ear buds.

So here’s a deal for ‘ya: through July, Amazon’s featuring a variety of Kindle reads for under three bucks.  I was delighted to see THE PROMISE KITCHEN in the mix. If you’re a fan of Southern Grit-lit and food, now’s your chance to pick it up for peanuts.

It’s a part of the Popular Fiction Book Deals in their US marketplace. Just pick your favorite genre and go for it.

I’m thrilled to be with Lake Union –such a supportive, interesting group of authors. The link directs you to their FB page, hosting by a different author each week. Like the page  before it hits 2000 likes, and you’ll have a chance to win a Kindle Fire. And it’s nice to see my first baby, THE PROMISE KITCHEN, once again making the rounds. (The Audible version’s only a few bucks as well.)

I hope you, dear readers, have a lovely, relaxing, holiday. I’ll have an   apparatus attached to my person to stay connected and, as always, would love to hear from you. Recipe questions, good books you’ve read, your recommendations on Alaska must-do’s –I’m with ‘ya as long as WIFI obliges.

Right now I’m listening to FINDING HEATHER, a novel by Alison Ragsdale, a fellow Lake Union author.  The narrator, Mhairi Morrison, has an exquisite Scottish voice and the Audible version transports me to the Isle of Skye. That next trip to Scotland has now inched to the top of the bucket list.

So throw something on the grill for me, would ‘ya? We’ll be in flight, heading to the tundra. It won’t feel like the 4th, but the girl ain’t complaining. I’ve heard the halibut and salmon are amazing!





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