Mixed reactions ranging from desire to disgust are usual when we’re talking about the Luther Burger. Named after singer Luther Vandross, this controversial sandwich is a Bacon Cheeseburger with doughnuts, typically Krispy Kremes in place of a bun.
One of the most popular anecdotes about the Luther Burger aka Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger comes from Google HQ. It appears that they served it to celebrate the birthday of one of their cafeteria heads. Despite the icky, sticky, yummy, disgusting, savory, greasy- looking image, it was pronounced yummy.
Of course, it got me curious. And since no one sells it here (at least none that I know of), I could think of only one solution. Make one myself!
Step 1 was to procure a box of Krispy Kremes. That in itself was a struggle. Either I’d forget or have to do overtime. One time I did remember, they ran out of Original Glazed ones. I got lucky one Friday evening and remembered to buy a box. It went to the fridge when I got home, to make handling the doughnuts easier.
The next morning was busy. I made hamburger patties from scratch. I cooked some Bacon Ham (from Swiss Gourmet), especially chosen because they were circular in shape, until crisp. Grated some Monterey Jack Cheese. Sliced the refrigerated doughnuts, then nuked them for a couple of seconds in the microwave to make them wonderfully pillowy again.
Half a hot doughnut, bacon, burger, cheese then the other half of the doughnut. Rush to take pictures, then eat before it gets cold. Hngsktjeshk;skaue! I confess, my burger patty wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. But still, it was gooooood. The sweetness of the doughnut was a perfect foil for the strong savory flavor of the burger and bacon. The cheese added a pleasant creaminess. Next time, I’d like to try adding some cheddar as well, to add a sharper bite. Be ready to use a fork and knife though, it’s a bit difficult eating it with your hands because the doughnuts are too soft and sticky.
The Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger is a food experience you need to go through. Maybe not repeatedly—for love of your heart—but still, once in a while, food that feeds your imagination can’t be that bad.