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Posted on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 11:30 a.m.

From pickled peaches to poutine: the wackiest burgers in Washtenaw County

By Melanie Maxwell

Related story: Last chance to vote for your favorite Ann Arbor-area burger

As voting continues on the best burger in Washtenaw County, photographers set out on a mission to photograph the most interesting and unusual burger creations we could find.

Gone are the days when ketchup, mustard and a pickle were the sassy staples of a burger. Enter: duck confit poutine gravy, soy wasabi mayonnaise and crunchy peanut butter. Did we say crunchy peanut butter? Yes, we said peanut butter.

Check out what we found and let us know about your favorite unusual burger recipe in the comments below.

Melanie Maxwell is a photographer for She can be reached at



Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

What happened to the good old fashioned bar burger?

The Picker

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

Those are some wacky burgers !


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:56 p.m.

Looks pretty good & different.

Hugh Giariola

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:03 p.m.

I have to make it to the Wurst Bar. I keep hearing good things and that burger pictured with the peanut butter looks great!


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

When are you doing the best coffee shop?

Melanie Maxwell

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:03 p.m.

@live-learn-love, Best coffee shop is one that the MIBest committee has discussed and will hopefully be on the agenda in the future. I know I'm looking forward to that one!


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 8:08 p.m.

There's also the turducken burger that featured in last night's installment of Longmire (on AETV, to be repeated Sunday). This culinary curiosity, as identified by the rural Wyoming coroner, helped the authorities identify where the deceased had had his last meal.

Vivienne Armentrout

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 7:03 p.m.

Thanks to hints from an earlier burger story, we tried Bridgewater Bank Tavern's burger yesterday. Not only did we have a good lunch, but a wonderful drive through the Lodi township countryside (took the back way). Now that was a fine burger. It was a hand-formed patty, juicy but not squishy, served simply on a Kaiser bun with pickle, lettuce and onion (I don't eat the tomato). It was the essence of burgerness. Less is more.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Yes their burgers are great & NOT pricey.

you can't handle the truth

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 6:49 p.m.

These pictures almost make me want to become a vegetarian.

Melanie Maxwell

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

There are a lot of tasty veggie burgers around town, too! One of my favorites is at Bagger Dave's. But that's probably because I can load it with lots of olives...:)


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Uhm, the Vinology picture doesn't belong here, it is a chopped steak, not a burger. Need some kind of bread or bun to classify as a burger. that being said, it is a good looking chopped steak. I do miss the "Glorified Steakburger" that you used to get at William Sleep's.

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

I've had peanut butter on a hamburger before and, as odd or yucky as it sounds, it's actually very tasty! But, pickled peaches? Ewwww. (I'll admit that I'm not a peach fan, though. Maybe they are good? I don't know.)

Larry Stylinson

Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 1:31 p.m.

you gotta go to Roger Monks! They do a peanut butter and mayo burger! Its to die for!!!

Ann Dwyer

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 6:04 p.m.

My husband requests peanut butter on his bacon sandwiches. But he just eats weird things in general.

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:58 p.m.

@Jessica Webster, I can't wait to see that recipe. I'll definitely try it. I loooooooove bacon. I'll try any recipe that involves bacon.

Jessica Webster

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:56 p.m.

Yep - I've got a burger recipe coming Thursday that calls for peanut butter. When I was researching it, I discovered the prevalence of peanut butter-bacon burgers. Who knew?

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

Oh, and that gyro burger looks amazing. I want to try it.

Jessica Webster

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:06 p.m.

Clearly I need to get out more. I've only tried 3 of these. Great photos!

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

I totally agree. Some of those look absolutely scrumptious.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

While the food at Wurst is pretty good. The service is absolutely disconnected and terrible. We had to actually ask for someone to wait on us. After sitting at table for 20 minutes.