The @Phenom1984 Lafayette Coney Island Burger

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When I heard our friend Mike (@phenom1984) and his boys were coming for a visit this summer I knew it was time to roll out another “twitter-handle sandwich.” I’ve already whipped together a bunch of these as you may know

Mike comes from Detroit, MI and and they are hardcore sports fans. Now if you are not from Detroit you likely don’t  know of one of their most famous eats: the Coney Island Dog. A Detroit Coney starts with a grilled hot dog which is covered in mustard, diced onions, and “Coney sauce.” Two neighbouring shops in the downtown core, American & Lafayette, duel over who has the better  version of this Motor City classic. Mike confirmed what I had heard: Lafayette takes it hands down thanks to their awesome Coney sauce.

I decided I couldn’t possibly try and take this classic dish head on, so opted for a little spin on the original. So, here is The @Phenom1984 Lafayette Coney Island Burger. Sloppy, messy, delicious.

Lafayette  Coney Island Burger


The @Phenom1984 Lafayette Coney Island Burger

Serves: 8

2 white onions, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
250 grams ground beef
150 grams smoked meat, diced
150 grams all-beef hot dog, diced
2 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Salt & pepper, to taste
8 1/4 lb hamburgers
8 hamburger buns
Yellow mustard, for serving


  1. Place chopped onion in a bowl of ice water to reduce sharpness. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge until ready to use.
  2. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a medium sized pot and brown the ground beef until no longer pink. Add smoked meat and hot dogs and heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Add stock, spices and tomatoes and stir to combine. Heat until it comes to a simmer.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend until the sauce has the consistency of a Bolognese sauce, about one minute. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Place cornstarch in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons cold water and stir until a smooth paste forms. Whisk into the hot, simmering Coney sauce to thicken. Bring to a boil and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Grill hamburgers over high heat to you liking.
  7. Serve hamburgers on bun. Ladle a generous amount of Coney sauce on top and finish with onions and mustard. Enjoy!

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