As a native Chicagoan with a wife from Kansas City, I can definitively say that 99% of the burgers I eat are in the midwest. I can also tell you that I always order my burger medium rare. Unless I’m at a fast food place, the burger always comes out the way I order it. So without being snotty (no, really), what kinds of places are you eating at that can’t seem to put out a medium rare burger? And why, after reading some of the early replies to your question, is Waffle House being held up as the standard for burger quality? I know there plenty of WF are fans out there, and in fact I’ve had a breakfast or two at Waffle House and enjoyed it. But, at the risk of offending a handful of fellow Roadfoodies, come on, there are limits. Waffle House, although better than most franchises, is NOT the Roadfood standard. Not to mention the fact that this is a discussion about burgers, so how does a place called WAFFLE House even get mentioned here?
Please point out just exactly where in this thread anyone suggested that Waffle House burgers either set or equal any standard.
The discussion was about rare or well done hamburgers. I commented on the fact that to get a less than well done burger at a Waffle House you had to sign a sort of release.
"There are some places where you can still get a rare of medium rare burger, but most places will say no. Heck, I remember that for a while you had to sign a piece of paper at Waffle House saying that you’d been informed that rare or medium rare may not be safe."
And later, in response to a question about patty melt’s at Waffle House I posted the following:
"When I order a patty melt at Waffle House I order them medium rare. They’re always juicy when I get them."
What’s your problem with this?