This year’s Time Out New York Battle of the Burger will see 20 amazing NYC restaurants battling it out to see whose Burger reigns supreme. One of the finalists taking part in this Burger-lover’s dream event is Chef Mike Boulos of the Freehold in Brooklyn.
Chef Mike, who cut his teeth early and has had his hand in several successful restaurants over the years, is bringing his Freehold Burger to the table this year. Topped with American cheese, pickled onions, his signature Burger sauce and a House rosemary salt, the Freehold Burger is nothing if not a culinary masterpiece. Chef Mike shared his Burger recipe (and Burger sauce recipe) with us ahead of this year’s Battle of the Burger so Burger-lovers and home grillers could take a stab at building this beast at home.
Growing up, Michael worked at his local pizzeria and, after a brief stint in the music business, went to culinary school and got his career started with the opening of Boston’s LaMorra, a Northern Italian restaurant built around a custom built wood-fired grill. From there he’s helped open or revamp 12 restaurants and bars including Armonk’s James Beard nominated Restaurant North and London’s 350 seat BBQ and seafood restaurant- The Big Easy- located in the heart of Covent Garden.
More recently Chef Mike has stepped into the role of Executive Chef at the Freehold in Williamsburg, one of NYC’s busiest bars, designed to have the look and feel of a trendy hotel lobby without the rooms above. The food program at Freehold is built around Chef Mike’s passion for simple American food done right; utilizing quality ingredients and time-honored techniques.