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Tag: Washington State Fair Puyallup


Gut busting: Feasting on onion burgers (and Tums) at the Washington State Fair

The cheesequake from Earthquake Burgers.
The cheesequake from Earthquake Burgers.

After piling my way through eight burger stands at the Washington State Fair, I found myself uttering two things.

“Wait, how much did I pay for that?!?” and “More grilled onions, please.”

The first was irritating, the second a defining standard for a just-right fair burger.

A fair burger really isn’t a fair burger unless it’s stacked with supple onions straight off a grill. Perfect grilled onions should be colored somewhere between honey and dark caramel. They should be sweet and wispy, not crispy, chunky or oily. Deduct points for pasty whites stewing in juices. Those aren’t grilled onions, those are an abomination.

My burger mission at the fair – which continues through Sept. 22 in Puyallup – was straightforward: Find the best burger with the best grilled onions. I definitely found those, along with a few burgers that sounded as if they should come with a warning label. Read on. Read more »