There are a lot of food legends related to the late Elvis Presley. A lot of your friends probably know more Elvis urban legends than Elvis songs. This infuriates the baby boomer generation to no end. One of the best-known facts about the man was his legendary consumption of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. People say they had a hand in killing the man, though I’d imagine rock legend-grade drugs played a pretty big part in it. At the very least, the combo kept him out of his “skinny” jumpsuits. But while people tell of his food exploits in horrified tones, I actually quite like the peanut butter and banana combo. Anything double-fried and consumed in Elvis quantities will eventually lead to death, so let’s not blame the medium. I’m reclaiming this delicious idea for the common man. And I’m adding bacon, because the man would have loved the sheeeeeeeit out of it.
The important thing here was to use a reasonably-sized burger patty, like the fine folks at DMK do so well. When you’re making a burger that’s heavily dependent on the garnish, two fistfuls of meat can be – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – counterproductive. Keep them below five and a half ounces and you’ll get a balanced suckerpunch of flavor with each bite. Trust me on this.
If this looks overly complicated, then just insert your own short cuts. Use some good store-brought stuff in place of the peanut butter recipe. Buy a packet of garlic plantain chips at the corner store. Or hell, just order a pizza. But if you want to take just a few minutes (honestly, nothing’s that difficult – i am not a smart man) and make everything perfect for the burger, you might just find that it’s fit for a King. At least the latter-years guy huffing through “A Little Less Conversation” on a Vegas stage.