Here at CBSNewYork, we’re past the point of calling food trucks a “trend.” Over the last few years, more and more New Yorkers have been hitting the streets to pick up their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next time you have a hankering for a juicy beef patty, a turkey burger or a vegan sandwich on a bun – try one of these bad boys. Here are our seven favorite food truck burgers. Find the trucks by checking their Twitter feeds, we’ve conveniently provided you hungry New Yorkers with links below.
The Texan, Frites & Meats
An all-American burger, The Texan is an outgrowth of Frites ‘n’ Meats work with Maker’s Mark bourbon. The truck created a BBQ sauce made with Maker’s Mark bourbon. At just under $10, the burger isn’t cheap, but the list of ingredients explains the cost. The Texan is made with an Angus beef patty with provolone cheese, lightly battered onions, applewood smoked bacon and their Maker’s Mark bourbon BBQ sauce. There were two large pieces of bacon on the burger, plus plenty of onions. Frites ‘N’ Meats hits different neighborhoods for lunch, and sometimes they serve dinner in Tribeca.
Turkey Burger, Molly’s Milk Truck
The concept behind Molly’s is a food truck that serves healthy food. Much of what they serve is of the low-fat and low-sodium variety, and they don’t use mayo in any of the food, not even tuna salad. The turkey burger was made with white meat turkey, and it was thick and nicely grilled. Juicier and better seasoned than many other food truck turkey burgers, the sandwich has a homemade honey dijon sauce. The fresh ciabatta bun was a good vehicle for the turkey burger, holding everything together just fine with a good taste and texture. For now Molly’s Milk Truck is in Hoboken, generally on Sinatra Drive around 1st St.
El Chupacabra, The Munchie Mobile
This nicely sized, slightly spicy burger, is found at the Munchie Mobile, a relatively new food truck on the city streets. Alone, the patty has a nice taste, but with the toppings, it’s a great lunchtime bite. Under the burger was spicy mayo, and on top of the burger was cheddar cheese, guacamole, jalapeño, red onions, lettuce and tomato. You can leave any of these out if you wish, and have the burger cooked more or less, whatever you like. The cheddar cheese melts with the guacamole, creating a creaminess which adds a little bit of a bite. The red onion added a little more spice, but this still would be a good bet for those that don’t like intensely spicy foods.
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Gochujang Burger, The Cinnamon Snail
One of the area’s first vegan food trucks, Cinnamon Snail hits both New York City and New Jersey throughout the season. The gochujang burger was made with a seitan patty base and included kimchi, Korean chili paste, pickled daikon & leeks, arugula, black sesame gomashio and sriracha mayo. It was spicy and delicious. The bites with pickled daikon were an interesting mix with the kimchi, and the sriracha mayo added a nice creaminess to the burger. The roll was an herbed focaccia bun, which was soft but sturdy, and the herbs on top added to the flavor of the burger.
Diesel Burger, Feed Your Hole
The Diesel Burger has cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and bacon. The burger is thick and the bacon and cheddar are excellent additions, but I didn’t really get much taste from the ranch dressing. Consider asking for extra. If you want to keep lunch under $10, an order of regular fries are $3, and hot dogs with various toppings (chili, cheese, bacon, etc) are in the $3-4 range.
Poor Man’s Burger, Morocho
You may as well call this Peruvian dish a “kitchen sink” burger. It starts with lettuce and tomato on a lightly toasted bun. Then a big, fat, grilled burger is placed on top. Salsa criolla (cilantro, lime juice, salt, red onions & habañero) is also put on the burger. After that, the piece-de-resistance is added – a fried egg on top with the yolk still soft. Going on at the same time, the top of the bun gets rocoto mayo (a type of hot pepper used in Peruvian cooking), fried plantains and red onions. The spicy mayo tase comes through right away, as dioes the sweetness of the fried plantains.
The Turk, Go Burger
$6 ($7 with cheese)
Liberally spiced with herbs and peppers, this juicy turkey burger is anything but boring. The peppers even added some spiciness to the burger. Add in the cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a soft sesame seed bun, and you have the makings of a very nice burger.