Friday, January 7, 2011

Beer Kitchen's Tur-Duck-En burger is Thanksgiving in January

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Beer Kitchen's Tur-Duck-En burger is not to be ordered lightly.
  • Beer Kitchen's Tur-Duck-En burger is not to be ordered lightly.

The Tur-Duck-En has escaped Thanksgiving dinner and made it onto the burger menu at Beer Kitchen in Westport. Two bites into the Tur-Duck-En and one thing is clear -- this is the meatiest non-beef burger in Kansas City.

click to enlarge The fries come with the skin on and your choice of aioli.
  • The fries come with the skin on and your choice of aioli.

You may have thought a chicken burger would be light, but you'd be wrong. This is a thick slab of exceptionally moist chicken. And it's underneath a fat handful of what's called duck confit that is more like shredded duck meat. A few slices of turkey bacon, fontina cheese and red-onion jam round out the burger. There's cranberry ketchup on the side, a nod to Thanksgiving that is more sweet than tart.

The fatty richness of the shredded duck makes the sandwich. The turkey bacon is a good twist; I just wish it had been a bit crispier. The fontina cheese and red-onion jam have some punch but are drowned out by the sheer poundage of fowl. This burger does improve on the traditional turducken because the brioche bun manages to keep the sandwich intact, unlike the difficulties presented by slicing.

At $10, you can expect to leave full -- the Tur-Duck-En is a bellybuster. Even without a small side of fries ($3.50 but big enough to split), this is plenty of food. Whether it's tryptophan or the act of eating the better part of three different birds, the Tur-Duck-En -- true to to its Thanksgiving namesake -- left me feeling like all I wanted to do was take a nap. 

Is it good for your productivity at the office? No. Is it a worthy addition to the stacked burger roster in Kansas City? Absolutely.

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