Friday, August 26, 2011

Shake Shack Visit -Take Two and Saturday Pet Bloggers Blog Hop

In April I wrote this post about visiting Shake Shack in Madison Square Park with Ping and my friend Pat.   Wednesday, we made a return trip, Ping rode on the path train in her Pet Trex Stroller.  I met Pat and her daughter, Jennifer, and her new grand son, Luca, at the Shack.

Luca and Ping didn't pay much attention to each other, Ping was more focused on Squirrels.

Ping and Me

Ping's Poochie Sundae

Scarfing that Sundae down!

Two cuties in strollers

Shake Shack has locations in NYC, Washington, Miami, Saratoga Springs, Westport CT, and in the Middle East.  If you don't live in one of these places you can't get the burgers that people like up like this for: 
 The lines are long, but the burgers are damn good.  I'm drooling just looking at this picture

Apparently what makes them so delicious is that they ground the meat themselves like old school burger joins used too in the fifties.   I found a recipe on Cooks Illustated that aims to approximate the classic Shack style burger.   In the winter when I can no longer go to the Shack I am going to try it and I will let you know how it goes.  Here it is for now:
 Shake Shack Style Burgers

10 ounces of sirloin steak, cut in 1 inch chunks
6 ounces boneless beef short ribs cut in,  1 inch chunks
Kosher salt and black pepper 
1 tbsp butter
4 Pepperidge Farm classic hamburger buns
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
4 slices of American Cheese
1 thinly sliced white onion
1 beef steak tomato, sliced thickly 

Place the beef in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet, making sure meat chunks are at least 1/2 inch apart, and freeze in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until it is very firm.  

Place 1/2 the meat in a found processor and grind using 10 to 15 one second pulses and repositioning as you go so all the meat gets ground.  It should be in slightly larger chucks then ground beef when done, but beginning to come together.

Separate meat into four equal rounds on baking sheet and very gently form into patties.  Do not over handle the meat, the edges and surface of the patties should still be bumpy.

Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat and toast the bun tops in the butter for about 2 minutes.  Set aside.

Return the skillet to medium high heat  and add the oil and heat until it is just smoking.  Transfer patties to skillet and cook without moving for 3 minutes.  Flip and cook 1 more minute and top with the American cheese.  Cook one minute longer.

Serve with the lettuce tomato and onion slices and sauce.
Ranch Sauce

2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp pickle relish
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp pepper

Whisk ingredients together and service on burgers.


  1. Mmm ... those look like some delicious burgers! Can't believe that line, though!

  2. Wowserz, look at that food! Looks super yummy!

    Hope you're keeping safe from the hurricane -- we'll be keeping our paws crossed for you! :)

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  3. I think we will be fine, we kind of live on a hill. Hopefully you guys are fine too

    Tucker-full disclosure, the line picture is a google.pic, if you going the week like I did the line is still long but much shorter and it moves quickly

  4. Pup Cups are so good!! :D

    Thanks for your comments on my blog! I've been trick-training with Jasmine her whole life (using clicker training- positive reinforcement).
    When she was younger, she didn't like to pick things up with her mouth, but now she's become more willing. And it was easy to train the mailbox trick- all I did was put turkey in the mailbox and she was very eager to get in!! :D

  5. OH YUM! That looks delicious.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Stay safe in the storm!

  6. you've got Jan longing for a hamburger or cheesesteak like she grew up eating. They were GOOD!

  7. Hi Y'all,

    I'm following you back.

    Wow, you just proved that my Humans are right when they say all good cookin' requires WINE as an ingredient!

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    P.S. Sorry Blogger comments that don't pop up won't let me comment as my active blog. You'll find the link to blogspot in the description of live journal.

  8. Cute baby, adorable pug & yummy looking food! It was a great post, BOL!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  9. Luca and Ping are both so cute in the strollers!
    That burger looks really delicious. I hope they will open here in GA as well.

  10. You've got a good looking crew! Shakes and burgers, what could be better? That photo has me seriously craving a good cheeseburger! I might have to try that recipe. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting Dogs Rock!!

  11. Sounds delicious! No wonder the lines are so long! What a great recepie, I'll have to try it sometime!