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Product Details

  • Series: Non
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (March 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558322469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558322462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The average American consumes three hamburgers a week, and Murphy and Singh figure it's time this all-American sandwich got its culinary due. In this authoritative guide to cooking burgers of all stripes, the authors sprinkle facts about burgers and burger restaurants around the U.S. throughout while keeping their focus tight on the recipes. By creating beef, poultry, seafood and vegetarian spins on the classic, authors Murphy and Singh seek to expand the home cook's burger repertoire, sometimes stretching the definition of "burger" just a bit beyond its capacity. Offerings range from Barbecue Cheese Burgers and Pecan Pesto Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Fennel to is-this-really-a-burger? offerings like Salmon Burgers in Grape Leaves. Though half the length of the comprehensive "Where's the Beef" chapter, the veggie burgers section provides about 30 choices, including the oddball Brussels Sprouts, Apple and Walnut Burgers (which also contains onions, bread crumbs and apricots). Other veggie recipes, though, like the Grilled Portobello and Spinach Burgers, will appeal even to meat eaters. Cooks will want to read the recipes thoroughly before starting, since the authors often list the cooking oil and the oil used in the meat mixture as one measurement, and sometimes leave important garnishes out of the ingredients list. This isn't a flawless cookbook, but for the burger lover, it's got definite appeal. Photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

With summer's approach, grills reappear from winter storage and barbecue kettles roll out of garages. The first thing most barbecuers yearn for after a long winter is a sizzling hamburger. Jane Murphy and Liz Yeh Singh have collected some of the nation's best burger recipes and ideas in The Great Big Burger Book. In addition to recording recipes for classic American burgers, Murphy and Singh show how to boost burgers with homemade ketchup and other garnishes. They offer South American and Asian riffs on the traditional sandwich. For those tired of beef, there are buffalo, lamb, pork, seafood, and vegetarian variations. At the outer edge of burger cuisine, Murphy and Yeh have devised a "hamburger" based on a classic French quenelle made with cod and scallops and topped with rich veloute sauce. Mark Knoblauch
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More About the Author

Jane Murphy is author of a variety of food, parenting, and business books. As partner in KIDVIDZ special interest videos for children, she wrote and produced a line of award-winning videos for school age children. Jane is a professionally trained chef and was previously a partner in CHOW, a company that created food-related programming for kids and families. In addition to a masters in education, Jane has professional certification in executive and organizational coaching from New York University. She also has a professional certificate from New York's Institute of Culinary Education. Jane's been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Rockefeller Foundation National Video Resources. She has served on the Tufts Children and Media Advisory Board and the Harvard-Radcliffe Childcare Council. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Women's National Book Association. She has co-authored several books, including Pipper's Secret Ingredient (Mutt Media's 1st in the Snoutz Adventure series), "What Could Happen If You Do Nothing?" A manager's handbook for coaching conversations (Giraffe Business Publishing), STAY TUNED! (Doubleday) and The Great Big Burger Book (Harvard Common Press). Visit Jane's book sites: www.snoutzadventures.com and www.coachingmojo.com

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I love to BBQ and Grille (there is a big difference).
Devinetics
Do what The Great Big Burger Book tells you to do and you will probably become the envy of your friends and dinner guests.
The Scoot
This book is a must have for anyone that loves to cook, entertain and eat.
Mom Michele

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Moore on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although I have eaten my share of burgers, I have always thought of them as boring. You grill them, slap on a slice of cheese, a tomato slice, whatever sauce you like and eat on a soft and often tasteless bun.
Well....along comes The Great Big Burger Book and with it a whole new dimension on just what constitutes a burger. Certainly there are the traditional meat (beef, pork, veal and even lamb) burgers, but my interest was piqued by the chapter entitled: Burgers That Take Flight: Chicken, Turkey and Duck. Using ground poultry allows you to cut the fat content of a burger and the recipes don't cut the taste and flavor. I have always enjoyed Chicken Marsala and when I saw the recipe for Chicken Marsala Burgers, I immediately tried it. Your family and guests, not to mention yourself will really like that one. The photo of a Bolognese Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Green Olives looks delicious, and I'm happy to report that it also tastes as good as it looks.
But the book doesn't stop there. There is an entire chapter dedicated to burgers made with fish and shell fish. I haven't tried them yet as the weather here in Maine has been just awful this spring, and this type of burger should be cooked outdoors. But there are recipes for lobster and scallop burgers and since I love both, I plan to try them as soon as Mother Nature cooperates.
For vegetarians, there are recipes using portobello mushrooms,falafel, quinoa, tofu, eggplant and chickpeas, to mention a few. That chapter fittingly is entitled: Redefining the Burger.
Admittedly, there are ingredients that may be unfamiliar to the reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gaylan Sankey on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I originally bought this book for the vegetarian recipes, but after making some of the meat recipes for a dinner party I have started eating meat again. I use these recipes all the time! GREAT BOOK. I wanted to buy this for all my friends and family, but I don't want them to know my secrets!!! Highly recommend!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom Michele on September 28, 2008
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This book is the best. Short recipies, most on only one page complete with an introduction to the recipe, accompaniments, serving suggestions, tips and resources for hard to find ingredients this book has it all. This is a collection of recipes from some of the greatest burger restaurants in the country like, P.J. Clarke's, Hut's Hamburgers, Mel's Drive-In and so many more. Wether you love beef, pork, veal, lamb, turkey, chicken or duck, you got the best recipies at your fingers. Legal Seafoods Tuna Burger, is "to die for" and it's here along with other fish, crab, lobster scallops and shrimp favorites. Veggie burgers never tasted better. This book is a must have for anyone that loves to cook, entertain and eat.
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By The Scoot on November 1, 2011
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If you're looking for a Burger cookbook then I really don't think you can do better than The Great Big Burger Book. This is an extremely well laid out and well organized cookbook of burgers. Basically the burgers are organized by ingredient: beef, poultry, fish, and veggie.

The recipes are concise and very easy to follow. The Great Big Burger Book offers "serve it up" and "top it off" tips which enable you to create burger masterpieces. You even learn how to properly assemble a burger which is not as easy as one might assume.

Do what The Great Big Burger Book tells you to do and you will probably become the envy of your friends and dinner guests.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JustAMom on April 16, 2010
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This little book has been really helpful in adding some variety to our grilling. The book is divided up nicely into catagories by meat. Lot's of pictures and all fairly simple to make. We have enjoyed a few recipes from this book and look forward to experimenting with some more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Coker on September 6, 2005
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Overall, this book is what i wanted in terms of hamburger possiblities. There are some recipes that i wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, although they are all well written and i think i could pull them all off if i decided to cook them. Good book on hamburgers and overall a good buy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
The collaborative effort of culinary expert Jane Murphy and food writer/recipe tester Liz Yeh Singh, The Great Big Burger Book is packed with one hundred recipes for lip-smacking burgers, ranging from such exotic offers as Shrimp Gumbo Burgers and Japanese Rice Burgers with Chicken Teriyaki, to brussel sprout, apple, and walnut burgers, and more. Recommendations for ingredient sources, along with tips, tricks, and techniques for preparing meat in general, round out this first-rate and highly recommended cookbook for folks of all kitchen skill and experience levels.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2003
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Talk about variety! I'm a teacher and I save most of my large-group entertaining for the summer, so I HAD to have this book. Now I can get excited about backyard barbeques! This is a must-have for cooks from novice to expert. I'm going to have to buy another one just to lend out to friends.
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