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Chef Gregory León of Amilinda says the best burgers are grilled in the backyard by his grandfather. But he's also got a favorite from a restaurant in town. (PHOTO: Lori Fredrich)

Chefs Favorite Burgers: Gregory Leon of Amilinda

There's nothing more all-American than a burger. In this series, we ask chefs to divulge the mouthwatering details behind their favorite restaurant burgers. Today, we chat with Chef Gregory León of Amilinda. León will be among nine featured chefs at the fifth annual Moveable Feast event at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

When Chef Gregory León talks about burgers, he puts an emphasis on balance.

"For me the ultimate burger is not about the costliness of the ingredients, but about their quality and their ratio in relation to one other," he says. "It should have a good sturdy bun; not hard, but something that is going to hold everything in place and be easy to bite into. It should also include a nice portion of meat, simply seasoned with salt and pepper; you want to be able to taste the meat."

As for toppings, he prefers to skip the tomato, which can make the bun soggy. Instead, his ideal burger capitalizes on flavor with a combination of condiments and vegetables.

"An equal amount of ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise … lettuce, pickles and onion … all topped with a slice of melted American cheese and preferably grilled by my grandfather in his backyard grill."

Favorite burger: The Tuesday night burger at Goodkind

"By far my favorite burger in Milwaukee is any burger that comes out of the Goodkind kitchen on a Tuesday," León says. "I'm always looking forward to [Chef] Paul Zerkel's weekly creations. The meat is cooked perfectly. The bread holds everything in place and the different combinations of textures and flavors never disappoint."


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