In Baltimore's burger wars, a conscientious objector

May 27, 2011

I enjoyed Richard Gorelick's "Burger war heating up for summer," (May 25) but he failed to mention one crucial fact of burger consumption at restaurants these days: You can't get a rare burger. Well, a few purely local establishments will serve you one, but they are few and far between. Now, I don't expect McDonald's or Five Guys to produce a rare burger, but sit-down restaurants that cook burgers to order can do "rare" but they won't.

I have been variously told that it is "illegal," "banned by the health department," or "against corporate policy or insurance company regulations." Are any or all of these true?

So I eat my burgers at home, where I have the freedom to cook them as I please. Or I get them at fast food joints where I don't expect quality, just sufficient calories to tide me over until the next meal.

Charles Forbes, Phoenix

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