A Burger Scholar Breaks Down Classic Regional Burger Styles | The Burger Show

  • Published: 13 February 2018
  • In the second episode of The Burger Show, host Alvin Cailan teams up with burger scholar George Motz to learn about the diversity of burgers across the U.S. Just like barbecue, the burger has absorbed local traditions—in places like Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Connecticut—that reflect a unique sense of regional pride. From the glory of deep-fried patties, to the mechanical wizardry of steamed cheeseburgs, Alvin receives a master class in regional burger styles.

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    First We Feast's "The Burger Show" is a new web series that explores everything about modern burger culture—from the rise of Instagram-bait stunt burgers, to the enduring influence of regional styles—through the eyes of Eggslut chef, Alvin Cailan. Alvin's breakfast-sandwich empire in Los Angeles put him on the culinary map, but it's burgers that are his true passion. Now he's in NYC to understand what drives his obsession, and he's linking up with folks like Adam Richman, Matty Matheson, and Binging With Babish's Andrew Rea to help him along the way.

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Comments • 5 534

  • Scott Lothrop
    Scott Lothrop  1 days back

    "Grease is a condiment." ... No truer words have been spoken!

    • Potato Smasher
      Potato Smasher  2 days back

      2:22 Cant tell if that was a Guga Foods reference or not lmao

      • Rahul Dobhal
        Rahul Dobhal  2 days back

        My favourite is Carl's Jr Double Patty Mutton burger :P ...wouhoo !!

        • ARTYXSEAL
          ARTYXSEAL  3 days back

          In my calculations
          For 15 years times 365 days equal 5457 and that times 24 hours goes to be 131400 after that he ate 12000 so devide it and it becomes 10.95 hours which we times 60 means it becomes 657 so basically that man ate a burger every 10 hours and 57 minutes

          • sargent sausages
            sargent sausages  3 days back


            • Yoda Zemunski
              Yoda Zemunski  3 days back

              Dude needs to shave that shit off his face. Otherwise, great video. Makes me want to experiment with burgers

              • Dylan Brooks
                Dylan Brooks  3 days back

                Yo tell me why this dude looks like a white version of Tyler Perry LMAO

                • UkiDukie
                  UkiDukie  4 days back

                  The fat guy doesnt add like anything to this video, Wolverines uncle should be the only one talking or at least with babish

                  • kaizoku
                    kaizoku  4 days back

                    3:40 how do you people eat this shit ?

                    • corian12
                      corian12  4 days back

                      Anybody catch the ode to Guga? "Let's Do It"

                      • Brett Miller
                        Brett Miller  5 days back

                        Don’t like the host but rest of vid is cool

                        • Okay Yeah
                          Okay Yeah  5 days back

                          2:21 when my gf ask for sex

                          • Nathan Zelden
                            Nathan Zelden  5 days back

                            Anyone else thought it was Gordon Ramsay in the thumbnail

                            • James Kanney
                              James Kanney  5 days back

                              What a great job. Burger scholar. That's some schoolin' I can get behind.

                              • george kosmadakis
                                george kosmadakis  5 days back

                                mom:stop eating fast food is bad for your health
                                Wolverine's uncle : mom i dont it burgers for fun its for research purposes....

                                • Will g
                                  Will g  5 days back

                                  I"m not pitching in for this guy's healthcare if bernie is elected

                                  • Jose Gomez
                                    Jose Gomez  6 days back

                                    Watching this before bed bad idea

                                    • BubblewrapHighway
                                      BubblewrapHighway  6 days back

                                      Fuck, I thought my burger game was fierce. I now know, I know nothing. That Oklahoma onion burger inspired me to smash some burgers tonight and I was inundated in flavorful comfort.

                                      • ChloeRNBSN
                                        ChloeRNBSN  7 days back

                                        Lol!!!! 2:22 Dr. Steve Brule i swear.

                                        • Albert Nave
                                          Albert Nave  7 days back

                                          Well, George, you are an odd fellow, but I must say, you steam a good ham.

                                          • The Mighty
                                            The Mighty  1 weeks back

                                            If you crank your volume, you can actually hear their arteries hardening

                                            • NeedITDeathHeated
                                              NeedITDeathHeated  1 weeks back

                                              0:50 for a moment i thought that was his hair

                                              • Cody Logston
                                                Cody Logston  1 weeks back

                                                I guess I never knew living in Oklahoma that other people didn't have onion burgers. What a sad world everyone else lives in. Come have Tucker's, be merry.

                                                • MrFatbard
                                                  MrFatbard  1 weeks back

                                                  wait so burgers come from kotlet? thats awesome

                                                  • Stevey TeeVee
                                                    Stevey TeeVee  1 weeks back

                                                    The steamed one is probably the only one I wouldn't go for. It kinda goes against everything I love about burgers one of the top 3 foods ever created.

                                                    • Louis Cypher
                                                      Louis Cypher  1 weeks back

                                                      Why do I torture myself watching this shit at 2am when nothing in my shitty town is open?!?!!!

                                                      • Brendan Shepherd
                                                        Brendan Shepherd  1 weeks back

                                                        The Burger Belt is Tornado Alley. I guess that’s one way to tenderize meat.

                                                        • Brendan Shepherd
                                                          Brendan Shepherd  1 weeks back

                                                          Click repeatedly 2:22

                                                          • Ch33no
                                                            Ch33no  1 weeks back

                                                            Deep fried burger needs to be nationwide.

                                                            • Dominic Pultz
                                                              Dominic Pultz  1 weeks back

                                                              I hate how the host is so incredibly unhealthy looking.

                                                              • Natty Bummppo
                                                                Natty Bummppo  1 days back

                                                                I mean? It’s a show about food? Been watching cooking shows my entire life. They all very in shapes and sizes. Is it really that big of a deal to you?

                                                            • ahmed muscle
                                                              ahmed muscle  1 weeks back

                                                              Hhhh there is a lot of profission in USA # Burger scholar

                                                              • Wafflepudding
                                                                Wafflepudding  1 weeks back

                                                                "Burger scholar" and here I am throwing money away on a STEM degree!

                                                                • LiveOkie
                                                                  LiveOkie  1 weeks back

                                                                  I'm from Oklahoma. My burgers are better than any of these. You can make a burger at home to beat any other. The secret of a true, amazing burger is threefold. But, I ain't telling ya'll unless you send money to my paypal. $5 will get you the secret you can use for life.

                                                                  • Nate Lawson
                                                                    Nate Lawson  1 weeks back

                                                                    This guy sounds like Solid Snake's uncle

                                                                    • ExileOnDaytonStreet
                                                                      ExileOnDaytonStreet  1 weeks back

                                                                      Maybe this is a regional thing (upper midwest/north coast represent), but all that smashing of beef patties just baffles me. "Hey, sure, let's just let all that sweet rendered fat go out of the burger and onto the pan".

                                                                      • resting heartrate
                                                                        resting heartrate  2 weeks back

                                                                        Actual steamed hamburgers? Wow

                                                                        • Some guy
                                                                          Some guy  2 weeks back

                                                                          This dude looks and sounds like Sean Schemmel.

                                                                          • frajer313
                                                                            frajer313  2 weeks back

                                                                            this fat samoan is like a test subject
                                                                            a science experiment gone horribly wrong

                                                                            • frajer313
                                                                              frajer313  1 weeks back

                                                                              Bransen Cain yeah thats what i said when I saw your mother

                                                                            • Bransen Cain
                                                                              Bransen Cain  1 weeks back


                                                                          • me6664
                                                                            me6664  2 weeks back

                                                                            all 3 of these are terrible burgers

                                                                            • Joseph S
                                                                              Joseph S  2 weeks back

                                                                              is it just me or does George sound like Charlie Sheen??? Close your eyes and listen

                                                                              • MrDiesel237
                                                                                MrDiesel237  2 weeks back

                                                                                I love shows like this because it's like getting a tour through Wonderland with the Cheshire Cat, seeing stuff from worlds you probably won't be lucky enough to wander into by accident. I mean, the "what if"s of wondering what it'd be like growing up where gustatory treasures like these are commonplace are enough to make my skin tingle and my eyes sparkle.

                                                                                • Brandon Saunders
                                                                                  Brandon Saunders  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Buddy said we should just deeep fry everything lmfao what a fatassssss.

                                                                                  • Allan Nielsen
                                                                                    Allan Nielsen  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I needed four stents in my aorta after eating the first one with my eyes.

                                                                                  • Zoltan Shapiro
                                                                                    Zoltan Shapiro  2 weeks back


                                                                                    • Zoltan Shapiro
                                                                                      Zoltan Shapiro  2 weeks back


                                                                                      Steamed. Hams.

                                                                                      • Samuel Lagace
                                                                                        Samuel Lagace  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Quebec burgers are great

                                                                                        • Dag Ut
                                                                                          Dag Ut  2 weeks back

                                                                                          I cant se the connection to the Tartars/Mongols. What on earth does tenderising the meat between the sadle and the horse have anything to do with hamburgers? Because the meat was beaten flat?! If so, thats a pretty lose conection, almost absurd.

                                                                                          • Kevin ZU Hoang
                                                                                            Kevin ZU Hoang  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I love the burger scholar