RZA Burger

I’ve discovered one of my favorite new foods. I recently started getting into the music of the Wu-Tang Clan and its members (many of whom are vegetarians), and when reading up on one of their albums I stumbled upon an interview in which the RZA describes one of his signature dishes..

“A RZA burger is a veggie patty with a fried egg, cheese, lettuce, pickles and all that, smashed between two delicious waffles. Spread mustard and mayo on it with a little butter and put that shit together. Trust me, son, that shit needs to be in stores.”

As soon as I read that I knew I had to make one. I sat on the idea for a while, but finally whipped up my own version: two buttermilk waffles, a portabello garden-burger, fried egg, american cheese, some caramelized onions, and to top it all off, a leftover chile relleño from Chevy’s. I poured a glass of cold water, turned up some Orchestra Baobab, snapped a few photos, and dug into one of the most intensely satisfying meals I can remember. Every flavor came through in perfect balance; sweetness from the waffles combined with umami from the mushroom and egg, slight saltiness from the cheese, and just the right amount of heat from the poblano pepper. Delicious.

35 responses

  1. george clooney

    that looks god awful

    January 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    • Why do you say that?

      January 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm

  2. wesley

    that sounds damn delicious, i gotta make one asap


    January 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  3. Dyllon

    Yo RZA, yo razor, hit me with the major. The damage, my Clan understand it be flavor

    January 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  4. frances foxtail

    I think Mr. Clooney meant to say ‘god-awesome’
    Wu Tang!

    January 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  5. dont panic

    That. looks. incredible.

    Thanks for sharing from the great RZA

    January 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

  6. Wu-Tang is for the children

    January 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm

  7. It looks like it would be OK, but what makes something loaded into something nice is that there is the right amount of it. Too much and you are just sick of it. I would go for it, I bet you wouldn’t miss the meat.

    January 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    • Lupz

      That’s what she said.

      January 19, 2010 at 6:36 am

      • Scott Brown


        January 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

        • frances foxtail

          I certainly don’t

          February 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    • amanda

      what meat are you talking about? the…garden burger? that is NOT made of meat?

      January 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      • frances foxtail

        yes, that exactly

        February 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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  9. Nikki p

    I made some after I read this. I used morningstar veggie patties, egg, eggo waffles, onion, pickles and some spring mix. OH MAN was it good!

    January 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

  10. I read this last night. I made my own version of it this morning. gardenburger, smoked gouda, redpepper aioli,sauteed mushrooms, over easy egg. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had all day. I am going to get up out my chair and make one for my sous chef who just got into work. Serious. If you can’t get into this you have no idea what yr missing.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    • That sounds great! Smoked gouda is probably my favorite cheese, and anything with sauteed mushrooms is a winner in my book. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      By the way, I checked out your restaurant’s website and it looks really good. If I’m ever in Utah I’ll have to check it out.

      January 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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  12. Nix

    That thing ain’t nuthin’ to fuck with. http://www.houseofsmash.etsy.com

    January 21, 2010 at 4:53 am

  13. ever since you posted this, the rza burger/the ross edition is all i want to eat. THANKS.

    January 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    • Make one then!!!! Or, if you’re going to be in Ewing anytime soon, I can make one for you.

      Since posting this I also made a waffle with scrambled eggs and chipotle hot sauce, and that was pretty good too, with less ingredients involved.

      Also, I heard mad stories from Polly and Darin about your town and it sounds like quite an interesting place!

      January 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

  14. There can be only one.

    February 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

  15. Someone please tell george clooney that there are many ugly things in this world that are delicious.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

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  17. once again the RZA restores faith in humanity

    February 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

  18. What a great idea! Would love to try it. 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

  19. God

    That looks/sounds disgusting.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    • Grizzly Pear

      dammmn. RZA that shit should be sold in stores!!! makes my 40 taste right.

      February 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

  20. rezlkcn

    some burned shit with waffles – wow, really awesome. that’s no food, it’s garbage.

    February 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  21. if you don’t think this owns, then you have bad taste and should probably never comment on the internet ever again

    April 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

  22. the man knows his beats and his eats

    November 27, 2010 at 2:43 am

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