100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 23: The Ozersky Burger at Knife

Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2016 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.

In the land of $22 cheeseburgers topped with gruyère and responsibly sourced unicorn tears, it's easy to forget how good a simple burger can be. Knife's Ozersky Burger is not just a simple burger — it is the simplest burger, yet it's endlessly more memorable than any bacon marmalade-topped monstrosity in the city. 

Beef, American cheese and red onion on a white bun — that's it for the Ozersky Burger, named for the late food writer Josh Ozersky. The house-made pickles on the side are so delicious that I ate them on their own like chips. The ketchup and mustard on the plate are extraneous — this burger, cooked perfectly medium rare, needs no accoutrements. What makes this burger so great? High-quality beef cooked perfectly, that's what. That, and American cheese — it is the greatest burger cheese on planet Earth, and that is not up for debate.
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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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