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Meet an American Food Hero. Make the Shake Shack Burger. Feed the First Responders.

Meet an American Food Hero. Make the Shake Shack Burger. Feed the First Responders.
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Our Hero: Joe Ariel of Goldbelly

In a world turned upside down, Food Hero Joe Ariel is coming to the rescue of both First Responders, Healthcare Workers and the Restaurants who need our business to survive.

Philadelphia’s Pat’s Cheesesteaks among the offerings at Goldbelly.com
McLoon’s Maine Lobster Dinner from Goldbelly.com

After graduating from college in Nashville, Joe Ariel’s move to New York City was accompanied by a craving for the food he’d left behind. Buttermilk biscuits and Hot Chicken to be specific. So enterprising Joe reached out to Nashville’s iconic Loveless Café, The Rendezvous and Prince’s Hot Chicken and Goldbelly was born. That’s the name Joe chose for his food start-up. Soon enough he was shipping Nashville’s specialties all over the US. And Nashville was just the beginning. Joe traveled the country seeking its most iconic foods. And now you can bring them into your home and help our restaurants to survive. There’s a dazzling list on offer at www.goldbelly.com.  You can choose from Maine’s premier lobster rolls to Muffuletta’s from New Orleans, Ribs from Memphis, Huckleberry Pie from Bozeman, Montana and handmade food from everywhere in between. Goldbelly really has scoured the country in search of authentic American foods which they ship right to your door. And not only is the selection astonishing, but the quality is also unmatched. Like our Shake Shack Burger box.

Shake Shack, like Goldbelly, is one of America’s classic success stories.

Slow day at the Original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park NY

Food Entrepreneur Danny Meyer, a native of St. Louis, is one of New York’s best citizens. Shake Shack started with Good Citizen Meyer’s attempt to upgrade Madison Square Park. In 2001, the park was derelict.  Directly across the street is Meyer’s Eleven Madison Park, inarguably one of the city’s top restaurants and certainly one of its most expensive.  Meyer opened what amounted to a hot dog stand.  It was an immediate hit. Giant Crowds lined up every lunchtime. The City of New York stepped in wanting a more permanent structure to revitalize the park. Meyer won the bid converting the stand into a permanent kiosk and expanded the menu offerings with fast-food staples like burgers, crinkle fries, and milkshakes. The lines soon stretched around the park. And calling its offerings “fast food” doesn’t begin to do justice to just how good it is, especially its Shack burgers.

Shack burger from Shake Shack via Goldbelly.com

There are now 275 Shake Shacks. Make that 276 when Goldbelly delivers its Shack burgers to your house.

The beef comes from New York’s pre-eminent butcher, Pat LaFrieda. It’s a custom blend of 100% Angus beef with no hormones or antibiotics.  We sampled this great offering and came away mightily impressed. In our Shack burger package were 8 fresh patties, 8 Martin’s Potato rolls, 8 slices of American Cheese and 3 oz. of Shake Shack’s Shack Sauce.  We had to supply our own lettuce and/or tomato but oh was this worth every penny.  It was like being at Shake Shack. We confess to being fans of the Double Shack burger so we made the double-decker burgers pictured. The recipe follows.

Now you can help support local restaurants all across the country and help those working overtime to keep America safe.

Goldbelly has launched a program that benefits so many people—including yourself. Sign up for “City Subscriptions” for New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and Miami.  These monthly subscriptions will give you the best of Goldbelly foods from restaurants in your chosen city delivered to your door. 100% of all net proceeds go towards the delivery of Goldbelly boxes to healthcare workers and first responders of that city. So you get a break from cooking with a delicious delivery. And you support local restaurants and the people who are working so hard to keep us safe. Like the people at Shake Shack where our first Goldbelly box came from.

And there’s more…to kick off Joe Ariel’s initiative, Goldbelly is donating 1000 care packages to frontline workers.

If you have a loved one on the front line, tell Goldbelly about them at [email protected]. A Goldbelly box may be headed their way. I was astonished when I approached Goldbelly about a donation to the Emergency Room staff at our local hospital. Volunteers are feeding 50 people both lunch and dinner.  I don’t think it took 5 minutes to hear back that Joe Ariel jumped in to help.  That’s my kind of hero.  I wish there were a million more like him. Here’s the recipe for that fabulous Shack burger.


Shake Shack's Shack Burger from Goldbelly.com

April 17, 2020
: 8 Single Shack Burgers or 4 Double Shack Burgers
: 5 min
: 8 min
: 13 min
: Easy

The real deal from Shake Shack via Goldbelly.com. The best burger ever from a true Food Hero, Joe Ariel


  • 8 Shake Shack fresh hamburger patties
  • 8 Martin's Potato Rolls
  • 8 slices of American Cheese
  • 3 oz. of Shake Shack's custom ShackSauce
  • Your choice of toppings, lettuce, tomato.
  • Butter, salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Step 1 For the buns
  • Step 2   Heat a cast-iron griddle or frying pan over medium-low heat until warm.
  • Step 3 Open hamburger bus and brush the insides with melted butter.
  • Step 4 Place buns buttered side down onto griddle and toast until golden brown, about 2.5 minutes.
  • Step 5 Transfer buns to a place, toasted side up.
  • Step 6 For the burger
  • Step 7 Turn up the heat to medium and heat until the griddle is hot, about 2.5 minutes.
  • Step 8 Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on top of each patty.
  • Step 9 Place patties onto the griddle, seasoned side down. Using a metal spatula, firmly smash each patty into a 1/3 inch-thick round patty. (Pressing down on spatula with another spatula helps flatten the burger quickly.) Evenly sprinkle another big pinch of salt and pepper onto the patty.
  • Step 10 Let patties cook, resisting the urge to move them, until the edges are brown, crisp and the juices are bubbling hot, 2.5 minutes. To flip, use one spatula to steady burger and keep it from sliding. Then slide the other spatula beneath the burger to release it from the griddle and scrape up the caramelized brown crust. Flip the burgers. Put the cheese on top and cook for 1 minute longer for medium.
  • Step 11 Transfer burger to the bun.
  • Step 12 To assemble:
  • Step 13 Spoon ShackSauce onto the top bun, then layer a piece of lettuce, 2 slices of tomato and any of the toppings you have handy. Serve.






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