The All-American Burger

The All-American Burger

For many Americans, summer means afternoons spent tending burgers on the grill. The iconic food has long been ubiquitous in our culture, but a new burst of "better burger" chains has infused energy into the familiar meal.

For many Americans, summer means afternoons spent tending burgers on the grill. The iconic food has long been ubiquitous in our culture, but a new burst of "better burger" chains has infused energy into the familiar meal. We talk about the history, appeal and execution of burgers of all kinds.

Guests

Tim Carman

Food Writer, The Washington Post

Andrew F. Smith

Author, "Hamburger: A Global History", part of "The Edible Series" and "Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine"; Executive Editor, "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America"

Mark Bucher

Founder and Co-owner, BGR The Burger Joint; Owner, Medium Rare

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