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The monster chicken fried cheeseburger you didn’t know you needed

August 8, 2018

Let’s get straight to the point. There is a place in San Antonio that features a Monster Chicken Fried Cheeseburger on the menu.

Once more with feeling: Chicken. Fried. Cheeseburger.

It’s enough to satisfy a major league burger craving in any form, and it will leave you scrambling for napkins to counter the delightful greasy and cheesy mess the experience commands. The burger ($10 with two sides) was created by chef James Canter, who sells it out of his Guerrilla Gourmet food truck, traditionally parked outside the Cherrity Bar at 302 Montana St. across the street from the Alamodome.

The burger starts as a half-pound beef patty that’s smashed out, breaded and fried in peanut oil. It’s then topped with shredded lettuce, a rich cheese gravy, jalapeño slices, a special mayonnaise-based “guerrilla sauce” and a freshly chopped dill mixture of “pickle de gallo.”

The toasted sesame seed bun attempts to hold it all together, but good luck eating it like a traditional burger. Everything in the burger has moisture, including the chicken fried patty that oozed deliciousness, making it a certifiable knife and fork experience.

Guerrilla Gourmet puts out a menu that may change on any given day, depending on Canter’s mood, but the chicken fried burger is a constant.

“The burger can be a bit of a detriment or an asset, depending on the customer,” Canter said. “Some people will be like, ‘We just want a plain cheeseburger.’ ... And I can still do that.”

Canter is relatively new to the San Antonio food scene, moving to the area from Victoria and starting service about two months ago. When Hurricane Harvey hit the area last August, Canter and a team of culinary volunteers fed first responders and members of the community from dawn to dusk as the area struggled for days to regain power.

Canter said he’s in the process of acquiring a San Antonio brick-and-mortar operation, and when he does, the Monster Chicken Fried Cheeseburger is sure to be on on the menu.

Guerrilla Gourmet, mobile food truck (hours and locations vary). Online: ggfoodtruck.com. Facebook: guerrillagourmet.

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