Upgrade burger time with these 5 products from some of the best food makers in America.
The Original Gourmet Burger Marinade // Charleston Gourmet Burger Company // Charleston, SC
Who are these sauce Bosses?
Chevalo, Monique and their four children arrived in Charleston in 2008. A Long Island native, Chevalo worked for the New York City Fire Department EMS medical team and was a first responder on 9/11. Monique, an entrepreneur, was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey. Quickly falling in love with the Holy City, the husband and wife duo set out to create their beloved burgers and burger marinade with all local Low Country ingredients. Now a staple in grocery stores throughout America, you’ll find Chevalo, Monique and their family making sure their spreading the word about their products in grocery chains across the country and beyond.
“Our signature product that started all the “buzz”. Considered the best ever burger seasoning and awesome marinade for burgers. It’s This Easy — Just pour on hamburger meat before grilling for the juiciest hamburgers ever recipe. Makes tender, juicy, and flavorful burgers every time. Simply the best hamburger recipe. All natural, gluten free, low sodium, low sugar, low cal, high in FLAVOR. Also great with chicken, steak, turkey, venison, seafood, pork, tofu, or stir fry veggies. 12.5 oz bottles”
- Combine 1/4 cup of marinade with 1 pound of ground meat.
- Mix well and let sit for a few minutes or overnight for a bolder burger.
- Form into patties and grill to perfection.
Maplewood Smoked Bacon // Broadbent’s // Kuttawa, KY
Made with a hundred-year-old recipe so simple it can’t be much of a secret, Broadbent’s famous bacon is dry cured in salt, smoked over maple, and, well, that’s about it. It will elevate your own personal baconator. But that sweet-savory smoke tickles noses far from this Kentucky holler — Momofuku and Zingerman’s serve the slices. So simple, but so good — so cook it right: in a heavy rustic skillet, slow and low with an occasional turn. And don’t forget that precious grease to mop up and caramelize your burger buns.
Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam // TBJ Gourmet // West Chester, PA
Leave it to this Philly-based team of food scientists, chefs, and engineers to crack one of life’s eternal quests: spreadable bacon. OK, we admit, this is one of those food “inventions” that, well, gilds the lily. Or rather, butters the pork. A fatty strip of crispy pig is pretty damn close to perfection. Still, this spread moves it one step closer. It’s simple: bacon — a half pound in each jar — sugar, onions and vinegar. And it’s best used simply, spread on a burger or the morning’s toast.
“ICKY” Pickle // Nevada Brining Company // Reno, NV
Nevada, home of Casinos, Burning Man and one very talented brining man. That would be Matt of Nevada Brining Company who happens to have probably the most accurate maker slogan we know of “100% Good”. His pickle line up is world-class but we are a sucker for the “ICKY” Pickle which combines Ichthyosaur “ICKY” IPA (from Great basin Brewing in Reno Nevada), Juniper and the coolest cucumbers around to make a refreshing and booze-infused snack. Slice em thin and toss them on a burger or go old school with a pickle on the side.
Kimchi Mayo // KPOP Foods // Los Angeles, CA
We’re big believers the world needs to experience more Korean flavors from Kim Chi to Gochujang to Galbi and Black Garlic. This sauce may have foreign origins but it is a go-to partner for any American classic whether it’s pizza, hot dogs, burgers or nachos. You’re just one squeeze from helping a dish K Pop off.
The Dream Team Behind KPOP Foods…
Mike & Theo (Met in College)
The Story (In their own words)…
“Mike and Theo met at UCLA Anderson, and the late nights in business school turned into late nights at Korean BBQ. Seeing their friends delighted reactions to the delicious and communal experience of Korean food sparked an idea: they could bring Korean flavors right to the people! Using Theo’s grandma’s secret recipe for Korean gochujang sauce, Mike and Theo created their first bottle of KPOP Sauce. Right there, KPOP Foods was born.”
Sweet Potato Fries w/ Kimchi Mayo Recipe
We used Japanese Sweet Potatoes called Murasaki which are sweeter and nuttier, but honestly, anything you douse this sauce in will taste top notch.
2 lbs. Murasaki (Japanese Sweet Potatoes) or Regular Sweet Potatoes
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
KPOP Kimchi Mayo
Benny T’s Vesta Dry Hot Sauce
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the sweet potatoes into sticks 1/4 wide, toss them with oil and spread on 1–2 baking sheets.
- Bake until brown and crisp on the bottom, about 15 minutes, then flip and cook until the other side is crisp, about 15 minutes. Serve hot.
- Toss with Benny T’s Vesta Dry Hot Sauce, salt, parsley and serve with Kimchi Mayo for dunking.
Pro Tip: Heat the baking sheets in the oven first for extra crispy fries.
Mambo Sauce // Capital City Co. // Washington, DC
Sweet and tangy Mambo Sauce is a staple of Washington take-out joints, but unknown outside the Beltway. Each one has its private recipe, and come last call, bar-emptied hordes crowd counters and pass squeeze bottles. The sauce goes with anything — wings? yes, but don't sleep on dousing it on a burger.