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Once you taste a hamburger with peanut butter and bacon, it'll make sense as soon as you bite into a grilled patty that's slathered with a buttery spread that takes on the role of cheese in a traditional burger. The savory bacon and hamburger meld together with the slightly sweet peanut butter to create a taste that is a clear departure from the burger you're probably used to eating. Peanut butter and onions are also a great combination, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Many people use peanut butter in chili, which is basically another combination of meat and onions, so this is not a totally odd idea. PB and bacon burgers may not end up being your favorite burger, but it makes for a nice change of culinary pace when you want to switch up the burger bar experience. We lost our PB&B virginity by double-teaming two Seattle restaurants that tout the best peanut butter burgers around.
5225 Ballard Ave. N.W., 782-0027
King's has had The After School Special ($9.50) on their menu since they opened in 2006. The burger is piled high with onions, lettuce and tomato. The Adam's natural peanut butter they use gives off a subtle peanut butter taste; the neutrality almost inherits the smoky flavor of the bacon entirely. It is, unfortunately, a little too runny when it's heated. The burger also comes with a side of some of the best sweet potato fries you'll ever taste. An extra fifty-cents will buy you a side of ranch dressing, which goes great with the fries, but also makes for a kicky PB&B burger dipping sauce. What's extra nice about this burger is that after eating it, believe it or not, you won't feel like your stomach just hit the floor. It's filling without being heavy.
We think McCoy's uses a firehose to put the pb on this burger
173 S. Washington St., 652-5797
Pat's Peanut Butter Bacon Burger ($7.75) has the same toppings as King's, just less quantity. That wouldn't be so much of a problem if there wasn't so much peanut butter to deal with. On the plus side: Skippy is the peanut butter of choice at McCoy's, and because of the extra sugar and oil in this brand, the peanut butter flavor sort of hits you in the face, which is a good thing. The added oil also adds structure to the peanut butter that keeps it from slipping off the patty and onto your plate. You can really taste the spread throughout the burger; it doesn't get lost in the overpowering flavor of the bacon. It does, however, pour out of the bun since there's so much of it. We suggest using it instead of ketchup for your fries (What can we say, we like unusual condiments). The bun is also nicely grilled, giving the burger that comforting familiarity of morning toast. The patty, however, was overcooked. Not even the generous portion of melted peanut butter could save it from Dryville.
McCoy's burger could have used less time on the grill, while King's bun could have used more. We liked the toasted bun of McCoy's burger; we even liked the cheap peanut butter they used. Of the flip side, King's burger was cooked to perfection, a little pink in the middle, but not too much. It was juicy and came with enough toppings to create layers of flavors that worked surprisingly well together. We tasted the pickles and onion and tomato -- nothing was drowned out by the peanut butter. It's a close call, but we give this Versus challenge to King's for their properly cooked patty and generosity of toppings. And while we are all for organic and natural ingredients, we would like to suggest the option of an all-natural peanut butter that has a little sugar and oil added for extra flavor, substance and texture. Skippy actually makes a natural peanut butter that doesn't contain any hydrogenated oils. Sure, it's got a little palm oil, but when you're ordering a bacon peanut butter burger, we don't think health is your number one priority.