I never gave Bob’s Burgers (and it’s many burger puns like Eggers Can’t Be Cheesers Burger) much of a chance when it debuted as part of Fox’s “Animation Domination” lineup – is that still a thing? I mostly missed it because Fox isn’t exactly known for supporting its new and original programs. It was silly, I thought, to use the “Domination” moniker. Because at the time, the lineup consisted of The Simpsons and three Seth MacFarlane productions. But, unlike a number of other shows, Bob’s Burgers stuck around and is currently airing its ninth season.
I’ve always found the show to be cute if not always really funny, but one thing’s for certain – the series has a hard-core fan base that shows up to support it. Over the past few years, I’ve seen more people dressed up as a Bob’s Burgers characters than The Simpsons and Family Guy combined. Who knew?
- 1 pound ground beef
- 8 slices American cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 4 English muffins
- Green leaf lettuce
- Hot sauce
Make four patties, season both sides with salt and pepper, and cook the burgers. When they’re just about done, top with the cheese (two slices per burger). Cover the pan if you’re cooking inside to help melt the cheese.
In a large frying pan, cook your eggs sunny side up over a bit of butter. Toast your English muffins. Build your burger. Spread a tiny bit of butter on your toasted English muffins, then bottom muffin, lettuce, cheeseburger, and egg on top. Finish with a dash of hot sauce, and the muffin top.
This is now my favorite burger of all time, no joke. I’ve enjoyed eggs on top of hamburgers before, but the English muffin, the two slices of cheese, and the hot sauce made this one to remember. The Eggers Can’t Be Cheesers Burger is a 10/10 in my book. The one downside to this burger is that it is very messy.
The egg yolk would seem to be an obvious hazard, but I found the cheese and hot sauce spilling out on more than one occasion as well. It’s still worth it.
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Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1
Creators: Mike Olsen, Jeff Drake, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hook, Brad Rader, Kimball Shirley, Anthony Aguinaldo, Tony Gennaro, Hector Reynoso, Frank Forte, Liza Epps, Tyler Garrison, Bernard Derriman, Derek Schroeder, Paige Garrison, Devin Roth
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite Entertainment landed the comic book rights to Bob’s Burgers soon after the show aired, and in 2014 they published a five-issue miniseries with the same title. I grabbed all five issues at the same time and was surprised to find out that all five were pretty much the exact same thing. Each issue featured the same lineup, opening with “Tina’s Erotic Fan Fiction Presents”, a short story about Tina’s weird fantasies. Each issue also contained a “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities” story and a “Gene Belcher Presents” story with song lyrics as its driving force.
Interspersed between these stories in each issue were one-page asides about Bob and Linda that were mostly text. Bob’s page always included some burger recipes/suggestions:
I was a little surprised that there wasn’t more variety in the entire miniseries. If you read one issue, you’ve got a pretty good handle on the whole series. My surprise compounded after getting through the whole stack without reading one story that was Bob or Linda-centric. Am I the only one who likes Bob more than Tina? I would have liked to see the parents share some of the spotlight in this series. Maybe I’m just getting old.