Bobby Flay’s brunch burger

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The "brunch burger," with bacon and a fried egg, is the December special at Bobby's Burger Palace in Lake Grove. (Dec. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

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They’ve got a fine lineup of regular burgers at Bobby’s Burger Palace, but every month brings a special. December’s burger of the month, I learned Thursday at Bobby’s in Lake Grove, is the brunch burger, topped with American cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg.

Man, was this a good burger. You know what’s rare at most burger chains? The possibility of getting your burger cooked to order. I ordered mine medium-rare, and that’s exactly what I got ($8.25). The cheese was perfectly melted, the bacon was crisp but not burned, while the egg, I have to say, was a little overdone. When I cut into the yolk, it failed to run. The waiter noticed this and immediately offered me a do-over, which I declined. It was still delicious. Also, the fries were perfect. I’ve gotten to the point where I actually prefer Bobby’s fry sauce (mayonnaise with roasted red pepper and chipotle) to ketchup.

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Bobby's Burger Palace is at 355 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, 631-382-9590, and at Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-877-7777.

About three years ago, Bobby’s Burger Palace posted the recipe for the fry sauce. Here it is:


½ cup prepared mayonnaise
1 small red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1 chipotle chili in adobo
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld. Makes about ½ cup.

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