AOA Burger Lab at Central Steak

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Update: This event is sold out. But you can still enter the contest below until midnight May 9.

Inventing stuff is fun.

It's better when that stuff is food.

And even better when it's mini food -- like sliders.

So, on May 17 AOA is hosting a Burger Lab at Central Steak . You'll get to invent your own sliders using a lineup of tasty toppings -- everything from pork belly to wasabi scallion aioli to caramelized fennel to cotija cheese. The event is a fundraiser for the ASAP Daisies -- a group of young philanthropists who help a host of good organizations in the Capital Region.

For $15 you get all the sliders and toppings you can eat -- plus a fun night with interesting people. Get your tickets here -- there's a limited number. Tickets are sold out. It all starts at 6 pm on May 17 (that's a Thursday).

But wait, there's more: You could win a free ticket and also get your burger creation on the Central Steak menu.

After the jump, you'll find a list of the meats, condiments, cheeses, and toppings that will be on the slider bar. Invent a combination you think will be delicious and leave it in a comment.

We'll select five burgers from the submitted ideas -- those people will get a free ticket to the event, and their burgers will be tasted by a panel of judges. The one the judges like the best will be added to the Central Steak menu. (please see the details)

Meat
Ground beef
Ground lamb
Pork belly
Pulled pork

Condiments
Ketchup
Mustard
Mayo
Horseradish cream
Sweet-and-sour BBQ
Sriracha
Wasabi scallion aioli
Chipotle mayo
Black pepper aioli
Coffee molasses glaze
Blue cheese dressing
Sun dried tomato pesto

Toppers
Roma tomato
Onion
Tomato jalapeno relish
Pickled onion
Pickled cucumber
Pickled habanero
Caramelized onion
Bacon
Braised pork belly
Crispy onion
Coleslaw
Sesame purple cabbage
Caramelized fennel

Cheese
Cheddar
Swiss
Provolone
Mozzarella
Parmesan
Cotija
Goat cheese
Blue cheese
American

Greens
Arugula
Spinach
Romaine
Iceberg

Slider competition details
Slider combinations must be submitted by 11:59 pm on May 9. You must include a valid working email address with your entry. And please be able to attend the night of the tasting (hey, you're getting in free). The addition of the winning slider to the Central Steak menu is subject to final approval by Central Steak.

Find It

Burger Lab at Central Steak May 17, 2012
1632 Central Ave
Colonie, NY 12205

Comments

I offer the following recommendation:
ground beef burger
pickled habanero
peanut butter (not on condiment menu, but should be)

Ground beef
Ketchup
Mustard
Mayo
Onion
Dill Pickle
Coleslaw
Cheddar

Pulled pork with horseradish sauce, pickles and cucumbers on a thin bun.
What, no cukes?
No cukes, no deal.

OK, now I'm hungry.

Pork belly
Sweet-and-sour BBQ
Sesame purple cabbage

ASAP Daisies=Awesome!

Ground lamb, black pepper aioli, caramelized fennel, romaine, and goat cheese.

I actually could build about 50 burgers I would tear up right now....what a list.

Pork belly w/ sriracha, sesame purple cabbage, crispy onion, and american cheese.

Pulled pork with pickled onion, wasabi-scallion aioli, a bit of cheddar and a few arugula leaves.

Ground beef
Sundried tomato pesto
bacon
goat cheese
and arugula!


mmm - I might have to get that for dinner tonight

What about a Veggie friendly option?

In any case, my fictitious veggie slider would be as follows:

Veggie Burg-ler
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Coffee Molasses Glaze
Goat Cheese
Arugula
Caramelized Onions
Caramelized Fennel


ground lamb
spinach
roma tomatos
onion
want green pepper
Greek style yogurt sauce is missing also!
Stuff the ground lamb pattie with the onion, and green pepper.

For your consideration:
Ground Lamb
Chipotle Mayo
Crispy onions
Cheddar
Pickled habanero

Pulled Pork
Black Pepper Aioli
Caramelized Fennel
Blue Cheese
Spinach

Ground Lamb
Wasabi scallion aioli
Pickled cucumber
Provolone
Arugula

Pork belly
coffee molasses glaze
pickled habanero
crispy onion

Pork Belly
Coffee molasses glaze
Caramelized onion
Sesame purple cabbage
Goat cheese
Arugula

Sweet, succulent, creamy with a peppery bite.

Ground Beef
Blue Cheese Dressing
Bacon
Caramelized Onion
Spinach

Ground beef
Sweet-and-sour BBQ
Coffee molasses glaze
Bacon
Crispy onion
Cheddar
Provolone
Romaine

Pork Belly
Mayo
Sriracha
Pickled Onion
Pickled Cucumber
Arugula

What, only a single choice of roll? Whatever will the whole-wheat-crunchy-granola lovers do?

My entries:

Burger A (as in Artery Clogging):
Ground beef
Goat cheese
Bacon!
Roll

Burger B (as in Beef):
Ground beef
Ground beef
Roll

Burger C (as in Cheddar):
Ground beef
Cheddar
Iceberg lettuce
Bacon!
Roll

And lastly, The CheeseBurger:
Goat cheese
Mozzarella
Blue cheese
Bacon!
Roll


My creation would be:
pulled pork topped with coffee molasses glaze, caramelized onions, bacon, and romaine Yum!

Hi,
As a "pescatarian" it would be nice to see a vegetarian or seafood option please!!

Ground beef
Carmelized fennel
Black pepper aoili
Blue cheese
Arugula

Gonna do something a bit different, since beef seems to be covered:

Ground lamb
Black pepper aioli
Caramelized onion
Pickled cucumber
Goat cheese

Pulled pork
Sweet-and-sour BBQ
Tomato jalapeno relish
Bacon
Caramelized onion
Pickled habanero
Blue cheese
spinach

NOM

Ground lamb
Wasabi scallion aioli
Caramelized fennel
Sesame purple cabbage
Goat Cheese
Arugula

Pulled Pork
Sweet-and-sour BBQ
Chipotle Mayo
Caramelized onion
Coleslaw
Cheddar

Ground lamb, sriracha, mayonnaise, tomato jalapeno relish, braised pork belly, cheddar, and arugula

I would do something like:
Pork Belly
Coffee Molasses Glaze
Caramelized Onions
Caramelized Fennel
Cotija
and Arugula.


Pulled pork topped with braised pork belly, pickled onion, pickled cucumber, and Sriracha.

Keep the greens and blue cheese on the side.


I love that at a place called Central STEAK for BURGER lab...the vegans are crying :P come now, vegans.

Beef, chipotle mayo, caramalized onion, pickled habanero, provolone.

Washed down with a nice glass of unsweetened iced tea.

Ground Lamb/Mayo/Roma tomato/Caramelized Onion/Goat cheese/Arugula.- Keep it simple and delicious!

Pulled Pork
Chipotle Mayo
Coffee Molasses glaze
Caramelized onion
Crispy Onion
Cheddar
Arugula

Pulled pork
Chipotle mayo
Siracha
Pickled cucumber
Sesame purple cabbage
Provolone

My combination:

Pork Belly
Black Pepper Aioli
Pickled onion
Pickled cucumber
Caramelized onion
Bacon
Braised pork belly
Sesame purple cabbage
Blue cheese
Arugula

Call it "the whole hog"

Pork belly
Siracha
Pickled cucumber, although pickled daikon and carrots would be better

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