Meaty Beef Burger with Applewood Bacon and Smoked Cheddar

This is a fantastic example of how gorgeous a hunk of meat can truly be. This baby is loaded with textures to make you drool: gritty with crunch, glistening with just the right amount of delicious grease, crisp with fresh firm veggies and well done bacon. An exquisite piece of carnivore heaven styled au naturale (totally edible, no funny business) by food stylist Sienna DeGovia. Don’t get me wrong, I think pushing visual boundaries is a beautiful thing, but I must say I’m a big fan of food imagery that is natural and exists in some semblance of reality (albeit a slightly improved reality;). I love me some crumb-age (don’t bother trying to look that up, def not a real word) and some drips or slight melting to evoke the delectable impermanence of real food. Sometimes it’s hard to salivate at the most pristine image of perfectly un-melted fake ice cream. Though working with real food as a food photographer can be more challenging in some situations, in the end I find it more rewarding. You’ll have to excuse my love of parentheses (I feel like it makes for a more personal conversation;)

Nothing like a beefy day in the kitchen to get the studio pups all wild-eyed and feral!

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. What gets you all revved up and drooling? Melty, gooey sweets? Savory, crispy bites? Let’s hear it!

Honestly, this is simply a big ‘ole beef burger with everything you see here:

  • LARGE beef patty
  • Toasted/grilled onion roll
  • Crunchy thickly slice Applewood bacon
  • Sliced fresh onion and tomato
  • BBQ sauce tops this one off nicely

If you want to avoid the inevitable kitchen mess from frying (you can’t see it but my hand is totally raised) pick up a bag of the frozen Panko (Japanese bread crumb) breaded onion rings and toss them in the oven with some chopped fresh herbs. We included loads of garden herbs like oregano and rosemary as well as some coarsely ground fresh black pepper to make a simple packaged food extra tasty and attractive! Get ready to eat yourself into a satisfying food coma!


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4 Responses to “Meaty Beef Burger with Applewood Bacon and Smoked Cheddar”
  1. Jenn Ferguson says:

    Yummy! I wish I could cut and paste a life from your photos…I could definitely see myself eating this burger and onion rings, which would be followed up by some cheesecake, whilst sitting in the shade of that leisure trailer. I find this fantasy to be whimsical 😉

  2. Trish says:

    I am so thoroughly impressed with your photography- fantastic visuals!

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