Yes you heard it right and yes it is a thing, but does it work? In 1930 a small, functional drive-in was opened in Butte Montana by Matt Korn, a local proprietor, on Interstate 15. It was one of the first of its kind in Montana and with its unassuming build and decor and its simple name of Matt's Place, its probably not the kind of establishment you would associate with one of the best burgers in the USA.
Its famous burger is, you guessed it, a peanut burger which is topped with coarse peanuts mixed in miracle whip (an American brand Mayonnaise alternative). Hmm, it doesn't sound too exciting, however George Motz, author of Hamburger America and star of Burger Land said "you wouldn't have thought it but it's really amazing" and rated it as one of the best in the USA.
Whilst the majority of reviewers have raved about the texture of the peanuts mixed with the beef, George also compared it to having sundae on a burger. Albeit a complement, this is where we decided to take the texture of the peanut but work with a different 'sauce' to make it fit with a Meat:Stack Cheeseburger.
We played around with the texture and some different flavour combinations before hitting the bullseye with Thai flavours which perfectly complement the combination of peanuts and beef, we therefore welcome to the menu the "Huey". A Thai spiced coarse peanut mix with Stack Sauce, Sriracha and fresh spring onion, chilli and coriander is a cultural and textural mashup that works incredibly well on a cheeseburger.
Hats off to Charlie our Exec. Chef for putting this together. You have to come and try it whilst it lasts! Its on as a special now at 87/88 Grainger Market, Newcastle. We'll have to admit we haven't tasted the original at Matt's Place but we're 100% confident that this does the peanut and burger combination justice, and yes it definitely does work!