It’s the Holiday Season!

Hey everyone, the holiday cheerful moods are in full swing and there are quite a few exciting things to do in the Hartford area over the next few weeks!

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With festive lights, holiday music, decorated trees, one can’t help but to feel the holiday spirit while walking around Hartford and the surrounding cities!  Holiday shoppers are filling stores to shop for family & friends and filling their bellies in local restaurants.

Whether your just visiting or live local, you don’t want to miss these fantastic holiday happenings this month:

Winter Fest Connecticut Trolley Museum:  The trolley travels through a tunnel of lights and also explore the many decorated and lit trolleys in the museum.

Winter Extravaganza On Ice – Dec 10th – XL Center, Hartford

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Musical – The Bushnell

Winterfest Ice Skating – Free ice skating on the east side of Bushnell Park.

Holiday Light Fantasia: A 2 mile winter wonderland in Goodwin Park. Drive through – admission is $12 per car.

There is so much to do in the Hartford area and you can check out a complete list of events in the Hartford area by going to:  http://www.courant.com/entertainment/holiday/hc-2016-winter-holiday-events-1124-20161124-story.html

Before or after checking out the local holiday festivities, don’t forget to stop into Gold Burgers  , 1096 Main Street, Newington, CT and check out our delicious menu!  From melt in your mouth onion rings to our specialty burgers, we have something for everyone at Gold Burgers!

Gold Burgers gift cards are the perfect gift to give this holiday season!  So come on in and sit down, relax, enjoy some great food and don’t forget to pick up a gift card or two while you’re here!

All of us at Gold Burgers wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!

May your holidays be merry and bright!

 

 

 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS!

At Goldburgers, we not only have a great variety of specialty burgers and hot dogs, but you can build your own!  Be creative when ordering your next burger, your creation might surprise you!  Perhaps try a combination of many different items at home that you love and it might just delight you with how your burger tastes!  It’s all about loving the food and being open minded!  After all our concept is to turn a good ole’ hot dog or burger into a culinary taste delight or better known as a craft burger or dog!

Goldburgers Gourmet burgers, 1096 Main Street, Newington, Ct

That’s right, go ahead and be brave!   Perhaps try a burger topped with French fries, nacho cheese, and chili or grilled mushrooms, swiss cheese, peppers & onions?   The choices and combination of toppings are endless!  We love what we do and you will see the different when you taste our burgers!

Our hand-crafted, made-to-order hamburger and sausage patties are proprietary blends that are ground daily for us at Bogner Quality Meats in Manchester, CT. Our chicken patties are a blend of antibiotic and hormone-free thigh and breast meat from locally-owned  Stew Leonard’s. Over the past couple of years, we have been offering a CT Pasture Burger on our Specials Board where Chef Tim showcases locally raised, grass-fed beef paired with local ingredients. Our eggs are always local. Our Veggie Burger is house-made from scratch.

The one thing we know for sure is once you try Goldburgers there’s not going back to those “fast” food chains!

So what are you waiting for, come on down to our location at 1096 Main Street, Newington and take your tastes buds on the ultimate ride!

Our topping choices are:

FREE TOPPINGS

Lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet relish, jalapeños, sport peppers, cherry peppers, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, southern BBQ, honey BBQ, spicy BBQ, ketchup, mustard, mayo, chipotle mayo, GoldBurger sauce, cucumber dill sauce, buffalo sauce, ranch, tahini ranch, mac sauce, steak sauce, sauerkraut, house pickles

50 CENTS

American, cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack, provolone, nacho cheese, roasted garlic, frizzies, coleslaw, potato chips, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, roasted red peppers, roasted red pepper hummus

1 DOLLAR

Blue cheese, Cherry pepper mayo, chili, bacon, pastrami, French fries, onion rings

 

 

CHICKEN BURGERS – OH YEAH!

Our chicken patties are a blend of antibiotic and hormone-free thigh and breast meat from locally-owned Stew Leonard’s.

Using antibiotic and hormone free chicken meat is healthier for our customers!  Overuse by agricultural companies to make animals grow faster is not worth jeopardizing our health!  We at GoldBurgers believe in hormone and antibiotic free poultry for our menu items!

Our chicken burgers are moist, juicy and delicious.  One try of these bad boys and you’ll be back for more!

 

Goldburgers Gourmet burgers, 1096 Main Street, Newington, Ct

Chicken Hummus

Chicken burger, grilled onion, roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, tomato

Chicken Coop

Chicken burger, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, cucumber dill

Which Came First

Chicken burger, lettuce, frizzies, farm egg, mayo

Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch

Chicken burger, bacon, lettuce, tomato, buffalo sauce, ranch

Chicken & Waffle

Chicken burger, bacon, American, maple syrup, waffle fries, hot sauce

Our chicken burgers are the best around and also low in fat and calories!  We know that you will love our chicken burgers so stop in soon and enjoy one of them at GoldBurgers!

The Love of Onion Rings!

Would you like fries or onion rings with your order?  This is a typical question we are asked when ordering a burger or a hot dog!  Onion rings by far are probably the tastiest companion to a good burger or hot dog!  These deep fried rings of pure deliciousness are not to be missed next time you visit GoldBurgers!

What makes onion rings so appealing to people? We can’t be sure but the fried batter with the taste of onion is one heck of a good combination!

Onion rings have been around for quite some time in the U.S.  though the exact origin of where they all started is unknown, a recipe was published in the New York Daily Times in 1910.

Sam Quigley started a company in 1955 based on the concept of creating products for the food service industry that would eliminate taking the work out of the kitchen and straight into flash fryers.

He supplied restaurants with frozen, fry-n-serve hand breaded onion rings. In the beginning, he sold them out of his storefront in Nebraska but the business quickly boomed and his idea for a company was born. In 1959, the demand for these special onion rings was so high that a factory was built to make them. Mechanized methods were introduced to make the onion ring-making process faster and more efficient. Onion rings truly became popular in the 1960’s, when the A & W chain restaurant introduced the dish to its’ menus.

Onion rings are typically served with ketchup but dipping them in mayonnaise and chipotle sauces are good too!

The trick to eating an onion ring is to avoid pulling the entire onion out of the batter if one fails to cut through both layers with their teeth.  Did you know that there is an actual unofficial Onion Ring Day in the U.S. – June 22nd.

Onions are high in vitamin C and are a good source of fiber.  Next time you visit GoldBurgers for one of our out of this world burgers or hot dogs, treat yourself to our delicious onion rings!

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SLIDERS ARE TAKING OVER AMERICA!

Sliders, the American version of a small sandwich! Typically a small burger in between a small bun!  Sliders are popping up on menus all across America and are becoming quite popular not only with adults but they are the perfect size for kids!

They are not a new item in the food industry and it is believed that sliders were first created in Wichita, Kansas in the 1920’s by a chain restaurant called White Castle.  At the time, Americans were hesitant to eat ground beef after a 1906 novel The Jungle told about the poor sanitization of meat processing.  The founders of White Castle set out to change the perception of the cleanliness of the industry.

White Castle created sliders and sold for five cents each until the 1940’s when prices rose to ten cents each.  These little burgers became quite popular as they were affordable and consumers felt they got a good bang for their buck!

Today, you can find sliders in most restaurants and they aren’t just hamburgers anymore!  There are pulled pork sliders, meatball sliders, bbq chicken sliders, Chipotle sliders, Hawaiian beef sliders, Turkey  Swiss sliders, hot dog sliders!  Any little sandwich on a little bun can be called a slider!

At Goldburgers, our slider is a mini burger with American cheese, grilled onion, pickle and our famous GoldBurger sauce!

Pair your GoldBurger sliders with fries, rings or our famous mac squares and you’ll be leaving with a full belly and big ole’ smile on your face!

 

HOT DOGS!!

Who doesn’t love a good hot dog?  It’s summer and BBQ’s are in full swing and it’s time to eat hot dogs!!!!

At GoldBurgers, yes we are known for our burgers, but we love our hot dogs! You have a choice of skinless all beef or beef & pork with natural casings.

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Our DOGS:

Topless Dog

choose a dog and top it

New England

chili, onions, mustard, celery salt

Coney Dog

chili, nacho cheese, onions, mustard

Slaw Dog

coleslaw, onions, mustard

Chicago Style

tomato, pickle, relish, sport peppers onions, mustard, celery salt

The PBR

bacon, pepper jack, pickles, ranch, grilled onion

Crouching Hot Dog, Hidden Jalapeños

cheddar, sauerkraut, jalapeños, GoldBurger sauce

We want you to love your experience with us as much as we love cooking for you!  If you don’t see a topping on our menu that you would like, just ask us!  The most important thing of all is to enjoy your hot dog and smile!

We have some hot dog etiquette fun for you this month!

The Do’s:

  1. Serve plain, poppy or wheat buns with hot dogs. Any other type of bun or using bread is a no-no!
  2. Eat hot dogs on a bun with your hands!
  3. Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog are game for licking!
  4. Use multi-colored toothpicks to serve cocktail wieners. Cocktail forks are in poor taste!

The Dont’s:

  1. Don’t microwave a hot dog – they often explode.
  2. Use a cloth a napkin to wipe your mouth. Paper is preferable!
  3. Take more than 5 bites to finish a hot dog.
  4. Put toppings on the top of the bun
  5. Use Ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.
  6. Leave bits of your bun on the plate – eat it all!

If you’re cooking hot dogs at home here are some safety tips!

Safety Tips

  • Although hot dogs are fully cooked, you should reheat them and make sure they are steamy hot throughout.
  • When you leave the grocery store with hot dogs, head straight home and refrigerate or freeze them immediately.
  • If there is no product date, hot dogs can be safely stored in the unopened package for two weeks in the refrigerator; once opened, only one week.
  • Freeze hot dogs no longer than one or two months.
  • Never leave hot dogs at room temperature for more than two hours. In the hot summer months, when the temperature goes above 90 degrees, no more than one hour.

What is Farm To Table?

A few times a year, we here at Goldburgers love for the Farm To Table dinners at Eddy Farm in Newington.  These dinners consist of a multiple course, prix fixe menu using fresh local ingredients. A listing of our upcoming Farm to Table Dinners can be seen on our website’s event page.

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Farmer with wooden box full of ripe vegetables

Farm To Table, though seemingly more popular in recent years, is not a new concept!  As far back as the mid 1800’s, people living in the cities longed for food that was grown locally.  They longed for vacationing at country resorts that grew their own food.  Let’s be real, food back in the 1800’s was not always “fresh” by the time it arrived at home.

Today, if you’re interested in food, you’ve most likely heard the term Farm To Table.  Farm to Table has come about in the last 50 or so years where there has been some disconnect about where our food actually comes from and where it’s grown.  Farm to Table is about distance – the shortest distance between the farm and the consumer!  Farm To Table dinners provide fresh meat, produce and dairy to the consumer. These dinners are always fresh, have better flavor than a dinner made from ingredients shipped from afar and better nutritional value!

Attending a Farm To Table dinner is a great way to get out, support your local farmers and get to know more people in the community.

So what are you waiting for?  We encourage you to give one of our Farm To Table dinners a try this summer & fall.  We think you’ll love it!

GRASS FED BEEF, EGGS & DAIRY!

At Goldburgers, we believe in eating healthier and that is why we use fresh, local produce, eggs, beef and poultry for our menu items!

Studies have shown that eating grass fed beef, eggs and dairy is beneficial to our overall health.  Meat from grass fed animals is lower in fat than meat from grain-fed animals.  For example a 6oz steak from a grass fed cow can have 100 fewer calories than a 6 oz steak from a grain-fed cow.

Meat from grass fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain fed animals.  Omega-3’s are “good fat” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Omega 3’s are also essential for your brain.  People with a diet rich in Omega 3’s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.

Another benefit of Omega 3 is that they can reduce the risk of cancer.  In animal studies, Omega 3’s have slowed the growth and spreading of cancer.

When animals are grain fed, each day that they spend eating grain diminishes their Omega 3 level.  Eggs from pastured hens can contain as much as 10 times more Omega 3’s than eggs from factory hens.

Another benefit of grass fed beef, dairy and eggs is that these foods will have a higher Vitamin E level. Sometimes as much as 4% higher.

The top ten benefits of grass fed beef are:

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3s
  7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  8. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

Everyone loves a good egg!  Eggs from pastured hens are richer in Vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps build strong bones.  Researchers have found that eating just two eggs from pastured hens, will give you 64-126% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin D.   You can find these eggs at farmer’s markets or natural food stores.

Come and TASTE the difference with Goldburgers fine grass fed beef hamburgers, chicken patties and eggs from pastured hens.

History of the Burger!

We LOVE our burgers here at GoldBurgers and know you will too!

Goldburgers Gourmet burgers, 1096 Main Street, Newington, Ct

Do you know where hamburgers originated? The first misconception is that the hamburger was created in Hamburg, Germany.  The inspiration came from Hamburg as the German’s “hamburg steak” was made from chopped, seasoned beef molded into patties.  In actuality, the burger may have been created as early as the 4th century by the Romans.  The Romans served a baked patty consisting of beef mixed with pine kernels, black & green peppercorns and white wine!  We may not know where the burger originated but we can all agree that a burger is quite simply a delicious treat day or night!

The hamburger sandwich concept came later during the mid-19th century in the U.S.  The idea was to combine two slices of bread with beef in the middle and sell it as a “hamburger sandwich”.  Many Germans that immigrated to the U.S. opened restaurants in Chicago and New York in the 19th century and made a good living at it.  These restaurants often featured an Americanized version of the Hamburg steak, which was beef chopped and mixed with onions, pepper, salt and garlic, then grilled or fried and served on bread!  This is where the Hamburg, Germany’s link to America’s hamburger ends.  The difference is the bread and rolls!

In 1921 the first fast food hamburger restaurant opened.  Many had concerns over food safety and sanitary practices of the food industry. To alleviate the consumers fears, the restaurants were designed with stainless steel counters for easy clean up and the meat was ground in front of the customers, to ensure quality.  As time went on, the roadside diners started opening up and serving the hamburgers with soda pop, milk shakes and French fries!

Today’s Americanized hamburgers can be found all over the world in fast food establishments, casual and fine dining restaurants, roadside stands and in diners.

We all love a good burger and we think our burgers at GoldBurgers, located at 1096 Main Street in Newington are absolutely the best around!

Come on in and enjoy one of our burgers today! From our Specialty Burgers to Build Your Own, you can’t go wrong at GoldBurgers.  Our farm fresh food will have you coming back for mo

FARM FRESH IS WHERE IT’S AT!

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Here at GoldBurgers, we take pride is serving farm fresh produce in season and local meats!  Combining the farm fresh vegetables and meats together make for awesomely delicious and nutritious meals!

Everyone knows that eating fruits and vegetables is an important and essential part of our daily diet!

Eating locally grown produce is so much better for all of us!  GoldBurgers makes it a point to get the freshest of vegetables in season.

Did you know that vegetables start losing their nutritional value as soon as they are picked?  When picked the vitamins, A, B, C & E begin to deteriorate. Also, exposing the fruits and vegetables to air and artificial lights such as those found in grocery stores can also decrease the nutritional value of the vegetables.  Store bought vegetables and fruit have to travel many miles to get to their destination and during this time, they can lose their nutritional value and freshness.

When we buy our food locally, we are supporting the local economy, maintaining green/open space and farmland and it helps promote a safer food supply.  The more steps between you and your food’s source, the more chances there are for contamination.  We are firm believers that local is better and do everything we can to provide the best local eggs, meat and vegetables.

As the growing season starts and gets into full swing, you should think about how you can add more locally grown foods to your daily diet. By doing so you are supporting the many benefits of locally grown food.

Next time you dine at GoldBurgers, remember the lettuce, tomato and even the beef and chicken you are eating are fresh, nutritious and delicious!