In a Salute to Eater's Burger Week 2011, Fork in the Road Offers 5 Off-the-Wall Burgers

The #1 Veggie Burger at Elevation Burger is all orange and ricey.

We've snuck peeks at Eater's weeklong burger coverage somewhat enviously, but our peeking has also made us want to get into the act. Accordingly, here are some of the more perverse burgers we've encountered over the last few months, and perhaps it will surprise you to know that one is vegetarian, and one vegan. Unless you insist on putting a piece of American cheese on top.

1. Veggie Burger #1 at Elevation Burger -- This rice patty makes one of the city's stranger burgers. "What prevents it from being vegan?" our Fork in the Road reporter asked the counterperson. "Real mozzarella," was the enthusiastic reply. Hmmm, looks more to us like Velveeta. Still, smeared with mustard, it tastes something like a Texas Whataburger if you close your eyes.103 West 14th Street, 212-924-4448

2. Fatty Johnson's Fatty Burger -- To us, the lush burger at this Carmine Street pop-up tasted like breakfast. After all, an egg, Virginia ham, and gooey cheese came annealed to the bulbous beef patty. Alas, Fatty Johnson's has long since unpopped.

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