• Jarnard Sutton

In the Kitchen with Scott Slater & Tony Gurske of Slater's 50/50

The best burger is a burger you can eat any time of the day. The original 50/50 burger from Slater's 50/50 is a combination of ground beef and ground bacon. It's a delicious breakfast burger with all the necessary breakfast components. We caught up with the owner, Scott Slater, and the culinary director, Tony Gurske, to chat about the flavor and origin of the original 50/50 burger.

Original 50/50 Burger


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What's the story behind the 50/50? Scott Slater thought up the idea while tailgating at San Diego Charger games. He was trying to get as much bacon as humanly possible into a burger. After much testing of various ratios from 100% ground bacon on down he figured out that he could still get the burger to give him a great bacon flavor AND hold together on a char grill if he used the 50/50 ratio. What's the key component to this dish? Great quality beef and great quality bacon. If you cheap out on either item, the final product isn’t the meaty, juicy thing we all want in a burger. What's unique about the 50/50? Most people look at this and say it can’t be done. Yes, some do small batches and use it as a novelty, but we execute this well day in and day out. What are customer reactions to trying the 50/50 for the first time? People are excited by the idea. Everyone loves bacon and everyone loves a great burger. We are just lucky enough to be able to give this to our guests on consistent basis. What's a good beer and/or cocktail to pair with the 50/50? Big Hoppy West Coast IPA.

The owner of Slater's 50/50, Scott Slater, chats about the original 50/50 burger and how it's prepared.

What kind of experience will a diner get at Slater's 50/50? You will find a welcoming and friendly place to enjoy a great craft beer and burger.

About Scott Slater & Tony Gurske