The Coupon Clipper scours the specials for the best deals in New York's big grocery stores.

2007_05_hamburgers1.jpgMemorial Day usually conjures up some kind of natural reactions. Beyond the real reason-for-the-season aspect of the holiday, what usually comes next is food. Though hot dogs, chicken wings, and many other things could and should be used, what hits the paper plates more often than not are hamburgers. Which is all well and good, except that Memorial Day was Monday and, as your boss would like you to remember, it’s time to get back to work. But those deals are still out there and can remind you of the great time you recently had or wished you would have had.

Fairway had burger central set up with mountains of meat and buns stacked high in the middle of aisles. But it was Pathmark that gave us the best deal. $2.79 for some nice quality Black Angus means that you can feel good about spending less without becoming sick from the result. The 80% did make us wonder, but everything turned out fine. Oh, you’ll have to buy at least 3 pounds of it to secure that deal. Better gather some friends.

2007_05_hamburgers2.JPGAs for cooking, we believe the less messing around the better. Just divide the meat into roughly 1/2 pound piles and quickly form them into patties, making sure not to press them together too much. Salt and pepper each side liberally. Cook on a hot grill or broil for 3-4 minutes per side. And really, that’s it. We’re not even going to touch those fusion burgers with exotic spices. As for toppings, we like some grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, and some cheese to seal the deal. Lots of cheeses will work, but honestly, American melts best. If it’s good enough for the Shake Shack, it’s good enough for us.