The stuffed burger's roots run to Minneapolis, where the "Jucy Lucy" brought the hamburger-with-a-surprise to national prominence.
Around these parts, though, the greatest explorer of the stuffed burger's potential has been Stooges, 2 Pine St., Lockport.
The family restaurant built into the bank of the Erie Canal has a portfolio of outlandish burgers. They've learned how to effectively engineer the burgers so they're hand-held flavor bombs.
One's loaded with pizza fixings, pepperoni, mozzarella and sauce. Another packs chunky peanut butter, bacon-bourbon jam and caramelized onions. My favorite, though, is the taco-stuffed number ($13, with curly-cue or sweet potato waffles fries).
[Related: Read review of the burgers stuffed with surprises at Stooges]
Load that fat beef patty with olives, salsa, sour cream, hot sauce and cheddar cheese, and it gives the garden-variety pizzeria taco a racy upgrade. Only downside: you might need a couple extra napkins.
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