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The Doughnut Burger at Korzo Haus – NYC

April 11, 2011 | 13 Comments

korzo burger @ korzo haus

If a doughnut and a burger ever got it on, the offspring would probably resemble the Korzo Burger ($11), a beef patty topped with apple smoked organic bacon, allgäuer emmenthaler cheese, housemade mustard, and dill pickles wrapped in langoš dough and deep-fried. Cut in half and brought to the table along with a pile of golden, fried spaetzle, it’s a sight to behold, but next time I’ll probably skip the zeppola-like fried bread. (Not the spaetzle. I loved every little, crunchy bit.) After a few bites, the novelty wears off, and it’s more about the beautifully cooked patty (made from 100% grass-fed and finished black Angus beef from Grazin’ Angus Acres). If you find the burger a tad under-seasoned as I did, generously smear with aioli which comes on the side. Go ahead, a little more fat won’t hurt.

Korzo Haus
178 E 7th Street (b/n Ave A & B; map)
212-780-0181

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13 Comments

  • Audrey Ellen at 7:31 pm on April 12, 2011

    langos dough, what is that?! looks like a funky and delicious way to eat a burger, like a little burger pouch.

  • Nicholas at 10:33 am on April 13, 2011

    how does it stay so perfectly cooked? I totes want to have this next time :D

  • bionicgrrrl at 2:26 pm on April 13, 2011

    @Audrey – Check out the Wiki link above. It’s Hungarian fried bread. It tastes like a chewier zeppola (singular of zeppole) without the powdered sugar.

    @Nicholas – The chef at the restaurant is pretty on point. I asked for medium-rare and it was perfect. I think you would love it. It’s very doughnut-like without the sugar.

  • Chris H at 9:58 am on April 14, 2011

    that photo is glorious, bordering on obscene. I approve of burger/doughnut inter-species breeding.

  • Tracy at 2:16 pm on April 14, 2011

    Donuts and burgers are my two favorite things, but this burger was unfortunately one of the worst meals ever. I’m afraid the burger (half) I had was a heavy, greasy bomb. I wanted to love it and am sad to report back!

  • Danny at 3:21 pm on April 14, 2011

    damn so they made a burger, then put doughnut batter around it and deep fried it? genius.

  • bionicgrrrl at 3:38 pm on April 14, 2011

    @Tracy – It’s not for everyone! I liked it, but as I wrote, next time I’ll probably have a regular burger.

    @Danny – Not doughnut batter, but wrapped in Hungarian bread dough and fried. It tastes like a chewier zeppola without the sugar.

  • someguy at 4:41 pm on April 14, 2011

    You can take that off the bucket list!

  • bionicgrrrl at 12:20 pm on April 15, 2011

    @Chris – Thanks! Glad you appreciate obscene food porn.

    @someguy – Very true.

  • James at 12:35 am on April 17, 2011

    Agreed! I really enjoyed the patty, though it still can’t stand up to Diner, whose burger does miracles for the words “grass-fed.”

    Langos is the BEST, but you’re right — it isn’t on point as a burger bun. I’ve had Korzo’s regular langos, and it’s pretty good, but a little too refined to recall the stuff I gorged on in Budapest. I’ve been meaning to go back for another taste :)

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:41 am on April 20, 2011

    @James – Refined isn’t bad. And I still need to check out Diner. Soon. Very soon.

  • Chris H at 11:19 am on April 25, 2011

    btw, hope you gave Eater permission to use your Korzo Haus burger photo:
    http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/04/guess_the_burger_identities_win_a_bunch_of_meat.php#more

  • bionicgrrrl at 12:04 pm on April 25, 2011

    @Chris – Thanks for letting me know! It’s really annoying when people don’t properly credit. I really thought Eater was better than that.

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