Madison Square Marinated Hamburgers
Cuisine: New York City street food
These hamburgers were sold from a street cart in Madison Square Park, just north of the Flatiron Building.
  • 2 pounds ground beef round
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Soft white burger buns
  • Your choice of favorite condiments
  1. Form the ground beef into 6 hamburgers. Place in a flat nonreactive baking dish. Sprinkle the garlic over the hamburgers, pour the wine over them, and season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours, turning the hamburgers every hour. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
  2. Preheat a grill or broiler, or heat a seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.
  3. Grill, broil, or pan-fry the burgers for about 4 minutes per side for rare. Serve on soft white burger buns with your choice of condiments or even just enjoy them plain! Makes 6 burgers.
Recipe by The Culinary Cellar at