Photo: Cheesecake Factory
There are six of these new "upscale" burgers, all of which pay homage to a specific region of the country. The Memphis Burger is beef patty topped with barbecued pork, melted cheddar and coleslaw, while the Sonoma Burger boasts oven-roasted tomatoes, arugula, red onion, and herbed goat cheese (welcome back to the 80s, ladies and gentleman).
The company is also running a contest to let those of us outside the test kitchen create the next signature Glamburger. "The Great Glamburger Challenge" runs through the end of May with an interactive website that allows entrants to submit a customized virtual hamburger with their favorite combination of toppings, cheeses and sauces.
More about Glamburgers after the jump. If you're not in the mood to compete, just click around the site; it's admittedly fun to see what people have dreamed up so far. (Our vote for "most likely to have been created while intoxicated" goes to John D. from Chicago, who's proposed "meat lover's burger" is loaded with salami, fried egg, Vidalia onion, applewood-smoked bacon, pepperoni, pastrami, steak sauce, and yellow mustard. Just...wow.)
If you think you can create a burger with a bit more restraint, it's worth a shot: The winner of the contest wins a three-night vacation to one of the locations that inspired the original burgers.