Four Toronto chefs embraced the challenge to turn McDonald's most famous dish into high-end haute cuisine. They were given a combo meal: Big Mac, french fries, Coke, and plenty of free condiments, and could add no extra ingredients other than oil and water.
Dean Martin - actor, singer, comedian, and all around cool guy, was apparently a pretty active chef at home, cooking meals for friends, family, and fellow famous people.
His favorite hamburger recipe "Martin Burgers" was recently discovered, on Dino's own stationery, signed by the man himself. It speaks for itself.
"The Ultimate Hamburger," from the Modernist Cuisine project by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet, took stock of what most people crave in a burger - a perfectly fluffy and toasty bun, crunchy-but-not-too-crunchy veggies, gooey but flavorful cheese, loads of umami notes from ketchup and other sauces, and the perfect, beef-y patty, and used some serious cooking science to make it a possibility.