The Doughnut Burger at Korzo Haus – NYC

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)

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  1. bionicgrrrl

    @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.

  2. Tracy

    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!

  3. bionicgrrrl

    @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.

  4. James

    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 🙂

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