The Poutine Burger

The Poutine BurgerI first wrote about poutine (the popular Canadian dish that consists of fries covered in gravy and cheese curds) back in December when my buddy Jeff and I were down in Chicago and I tried it for the first time. Since then I’ve made it for myself a couple times at home, but this most recent time I decided to try something a little bit different and top a burger with poutine.

I started by grilling up the burger, and once it was done I topped it with some fries that I cooked in my oven. I then covered the fries with some white Cheddar cheese curds and spooned on some gravy. For the gravy instead of using your typical heavy beef gravy I’ve found that poutine tastes much better with a light chicken or turkey gravy. If you use too heavy of a gravy it can easily overpower the dish and take the taste away from the cheese curds and French fries. You’ll also want to get your fries as crispy as possible, because if they’re soggy to begin with covering them in gravy certainly isn’t going to help things.

I’m still kind of amazed that poutine hasn’t caught on in more places other than Canada. You’d think it would be especially popular here in Milwaukee where you can get cheese curds almost anywhere. I know that they started selling it this season at Miller Park, but I’ve been to four Milwaukee Brewers games so far and still haven’t seen it at any of the concession stands I’ve stopped at. Red Dot has been serving it for a while, but other that that I’ve never even seen it in any other Milwaukee area restaurants. Seriously, how is this not huge in Milwaukee yet?

15 Comments on The Poutine Burger

  1. Heather G
    June 27, 2011 at 10:12 am (13 years ago)

    Benelux has a breakfast poutine that I almost ordered last time I was there.

    Had I not been planning on walking around at the lakefront fest of the arts I prolly would’ve gotten it.

    I think a nap would have been in order.

    • Nick
      June 27, 2011 at 10:39 am (13 years ago)

      Nice! How was that place? I’ve been meaning to go there?

      • Heather G
        July 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm (13 years ago)

        Good, it’s Hollander food with a few twists. Prolly will be better when the popularity dies down, if that ever happens. The rooftop patio looks awesome. It was rainy when I went. =(

  2. Christina
    June 27, 2011 at 10:44 am (13 years ago)

    Looks tasty! As a native NY-er I’ve yet to try poutine, or see it offered anywhere around here. Guess I’ll just have to whip up my own!

  3. Jake
    June 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm (13 years ago)

    Thanks, Nick. Now I want Poutine for lunch…

    • Nick
      June 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm (13 years ago)

      That makes two of us!

  4. Julie
    June 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm (13 years ago)

    At Miller Park I’ve only seen it at the specialty fry place (can’t remember the name) near section 127. They call it “The Montreal”. I think that I’ve also seen it at AJ Bombers on Water St but I don’t know if it is part of the regular menu. I haven’t tried it either place since I have had to limit my intake lately. Now, maybe if I plan a trip to Canada it would be an excuse to try it there, just for the sake of research, you know…

    • Nick
      June 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm (13 years ago)

      I’m headed to another Brewers game in a couple weeks so I’ll have to check near section 127 for it.

      Also, as far as AJ Bombers goes would you believe I still haven’t been there? I’m pretty sure I’m one of the only people in Milwaukee who still hasn’t eaten there.

  5. Amanda
    June 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm (13 years ago)

    I agree poutine is underrated. They have it at Cooper’s Tavern here in Madison- I haven’t tried it yet but it’s high on my list.

    • Niki
      August 7, 2011 at 8:33 am (13 years ago)

      Red Dot on Milwaukee’s east side has the best poutine around our area. I tried it at Miller Park and was very disappointed. At Red Dot you can even get tator tots instead of fries. Unbelievably good!

  6. sara | creamcityandsugar
    June 28, 2011 at 12:20 am (13 years ago)

    I have had the Poutine at Benelux. It was good but not as great as what I remember from Toronto. I’m also amazed it hasn’t caught on (esp. in Milwaukee – we love cheese curds!)

  7. Russell
    October 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm (13 years ago)

    Brilliant Idea using chicken gravy, so true!

  8. Jen
    March 22, 2012 at 11:49 am (12 years ago)

    I live in Canada and for some reason it is hard to find cheese curds in my city. This burger looks delicious, I’m glad you like poutine, it is one of my favorite foods, in fact the first food I ate when I got back to Canada from my 2 day trip in the US was a heaping pile of poutine.

  9. Chad
    February 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm (11 years ago)

    Poutine at Miller Park in the left field corner bottom deck. Not that great, actually had very little cheese. Real poutine in Montreal: La Banquise is a nice place to start. Bonne chance (good luck).


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