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Battle of the Burgers: 'We don't need no stinkin' buns!'

June 10, 2011 | 12:52 pm

Get out the vote! There are just a few days left in our Battle of the Burgers.

We asked you to submit your biggest, baddest burger recipes, and you did. Now, it's up to the public to vote for their favorites. Then, we'll put the top vote-getters to the test in the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, and we'll publish our favorites on June 30, just in time for you to plan your Fourth of July cookout.

We've been amazed at the diversity of the nearly 90 entries in our Battle of the Burgers. But it's not just the patties ...

These recipes call for ciabatta buns, sourdough, kaiser rolls, whole wheat and white and several no-bun recipes call for wrapping your hot burger in cool, crispy lettuce. Yeah!

But there's one entry in this mini battle of the buns that completely caught us by surprise and captures the signature melting pot of cuisines that is L.A.

Alfred Alfaro of East Los Angeles submitted the Burgerrito. But it's not just a burger meets a burrito, mind you. It's a burger meets a burrito and then grilled like a panini. Say it with me, everyone: God bless America.

From Alfred's submission:

"Buns!! We don't need no stinkin Buns!! Family and friends keep challenging me with "What's the flavor for this summer?" I keep mixing it up, but the one that keeps coming back is "The Burgerrito" I have multiple variations of this, from a ground turkey to a portobello steak. All very good and very easy to put together. And for my loving carb counters, the absence of a bun makes it a favorite. This burger cries out summer. So build one and bite in to summer because this burger bites back."

Thanks for your submission, Alfred!


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Photo: Alfred Alfaro